It can be challenging to navigate friendships, dating, and intimacy with IBD and/or an ostomy. Sometimes symptoms can impact our ability to be fully present within our relationships, and many women report that IBD and ostomy impact their sexual functioning and self-image. While it is true that navigating relationships with IBD or an ostomy can be challenging, it is also true that many of us have developed strong connections with others that are critical support.
We asked our community for their tips on how they navigate relationships with IBD and/or Ostomy.
Many of our community members have found open communication with friends and loved ones is key!
When it comes to dating with an ostomy and IBD, there can be many questions and concerns about when and how to disclose that one has an ostomy and/or IBD. Our community members shared the following about their experiences: