What people with IBD should know

I'm often asked, “What would you tell someone recently diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?” So, this is what I think you should know! Look out for clickable links in this blog, leading to more detailed information! For many, a definitive diagnosis is a massive relief after a long period of being unwell. This does not mean that acceptance is easy, after all, you have just been diagnosed with a chronic disease which has no cure. Do NOT panic, we’ve got this, life is not over! It is worth pointing out that no two IBD patients’ lives are the same. The disease does not always manifest in the same way, and the fact that a treatment works for one person does not mean it will work for another. This makes IBD notoriously difficult to treat. That said, some IBD patients may have one flare, find the right medication straight away and never have another, and that is fantastic! For the rest of us, being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis may mea

Sex after stoma surgery

Sexual relationships after you’ve had a stoma formed can feel complicated. It’s not just physical changes, but emotional changes to factor in too. I spoke to others in the community because I know we all have different concerns and experiences, and I wanted to be able to serve a wider audience.

I tried to cover all aspects of sexual relationships in this blog in the hope that our shared experiences will help fellow ostomates that might be worried heading into it, or that are experiencing any difficulties. We talk about what our initial concerns were, practical issues after surgery, and how we overcame our challenges. It’s a very frank and honest post with nothing off limits!

Head over to Sex with a stoma surgery now!