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How IBS affects sex, dating and relationships

If you’re dealing with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the symptoms can be challenging to say the least. What is less often discussed is how the condition can impinge on other aspects of your life. This is especially the case when it comes to romantic relationships.

“Romantic relationships are hard at the best of times, but when you add IBS into the mix, it can really test your connection with someone,” says Lara Moon, a member of The IBS Network (the national charity supporting people living with irritable bowel syndrome). “I know others who have had relationships break down because of their IBS – it can be a very isolating condition.”

In a recent Patient survey of over 300 healthcare professionals, 79% agreed that IBS can affect the patient’s romantic relationship/dating life.

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