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What do I need to know about sex with Crohn's disease?

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Lubricants can ease pain if your vagina is dry. If some positions don’t feel good, make adjustments. Be creative. Use a pillow to prop up your body to make sex easier.

Anal sex may be painful or impossible after some Crohn’s surgeries. Look for new ways to be intimate that please both of you, but don’t hurt or worry you.

Crohn’s can lead to some awkward episodes during sex, such as noisy or smelly gas. Try to take accidents in stride.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Intimacy and sexuality when you have a colostomy.”

Christensen, B. , January 2014. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Jedel, S et al. , April 2015. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada: “Getting Closer … intimacy and relationships with Crohn’s and colitis.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “The Intimate Relationship of Sex and IBD.”

Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand: “Sexuality.”

Crohn’s and Colitis UK: “Sexual Relationships and IBD.”

International Society for Sexual Medicine: “Can inflammatory bowel disease affect a person’s sex life?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Intimacy and sexuality when you have a colostomy.”

Christensen, B. , January 2014. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Jedel, S et al. , April 2015. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada: “Getting Closer … intimacy and relationships with Crohn’s and colitis.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “The Intimate Relationship of Sex and IBD.”

Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand: “Sexuality.”

Crohn’s and Colitis UK: “Sexual Relationships and IBD.”

International Society for Sexual Medicine: “Can inflammatory bowel disease affect a person’s sex life?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

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