If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) you may find the idea of dating intimidating. You may worry about what the other person will think of you if you spend too much time in the bathroom on a date. However, there’s no reason why IBD sufferers can’t enjoy dating and become intimate with a partner. To help ease your concern, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you overcome any hurdles you may face using information from health.com.
1. Wait until you feel well.
First dates are stressful enough without adding in an extra burden of feeling ill. If you feel a flare coming on, postpone your date and reschedule when you’re feeling well again.
2. Pick your venue wisely.
Avoid restaurants that serve food that aggravates your Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Pick a venue that has good bathroom facilities and plan the timing of your date so that you can hopefully use your own bathroom at home before you meet up.
3. Take emergency supplies with you.
Pack your bag with a change of underwear, toilet roll, and wet wipes so you’re prepared in the case of any bathroom mishaps. Carry any medications with you in case you’re out at the time you need to take them.
4. Choose when to tell your date you have IBD.
Telling your date that you have IBD will help future dates go smoothly, since they’ll then understand what you go through. Some people tell their dates right away, while others wait until they know they have a connection and feel they may have a future together. It’s probably wise not to go into fine details about your symptoms over dinner on a first date.
5. Educate your partner about the condition.
When you do decide to disclose your IBD, take the time to properly educate your partner about the disease, how it affects you when you’re well and when you’re experiencing flares, the medications and treatments you need to take, and any surgical procedures you may need. The more they know about the disease, the more supportive they can be.
6. Plan dates around your body.
If you know that mornings are not good for you and that you’ll need to spend a lot of time in the bathroom, plan your date for the afternoon or evening. When you’re ready to think about staying over, would it be better if you stayed at your home where you feel more comfortable? Keeping dates short means you can be home again before you get too fatigued and there is less chance that you will need to use a unfamiliar bathroom.
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