Sexual Relationships and IBD

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If you have Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis - the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - (IBD), a common cause for concern, although people don’t always like to talk about it, is the potential impact of IBD on sex and sexual relationships. 

This information sheet has been written for people with IBD and their partners to provide information on this topic. It looks at how common IBD symptoms and treatments, and the feelings often associated with these, can affect the physical and emotional aspects of a sexual relationship. It also includes some suggestions that might help you deal with any difficulties, and details of other sources of help and advice.