Female IBD patients report sexual dysfunction

Nearly all women who were diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease reported sexual problems, according to a study at the University of Minnesota that was published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.
Scores were similar for patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Surprisingly, remission of disease did not alleviate the symptoms, according to the study.

“This is a very important topic because IBD is usually diagnosed in early adulthood when sexual function and sexual identities are just being formed,” lead author Eugenia Shmidt, MD, said in a video abstract. “The impact of a new diagnosis of IBD on sexual function has not been previously characterized.”

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