So here is Part 2 of the Series - "I am a woman and I have Crohn's Disease." Today I am going to discuss three more challenges that arise because you are a woman and you have Crohn's Disease.
So here they are -
1. Having Crohn’s disease can impact your sex life.
Crohn’s disease in women may cause swelling in the genital area and occasionally fistulas can develop. Some can even develop a fear of intercourse because of the pain, and others may avoid sex altogether because of fear that stool will leak. Some women may avoid dating altogether because they're embarrassed by the symptoms which can include gas and frequent trips to the bathroom.
2. Women with Crohn's Disease have Body Image Issues.
Women with Crohn’s disease are more likely to report body image dissatisfaction than men with the disease. These body image issues could be related to weight loss or embarrassment over symptoms or surgical scars.
3. Crohn’s Disease in women tends to fluctuate with hormonal levels.
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease in men aren’t affected by the rises and falls in hormone levels. Women report more bowel movements and cramping around the time of their period.
Remember if you have any more questions about Crohn's Disease and being a woman then look out for Part 2 in this series or please free to email me at email@example.com or visit my Facebook Page at My Crohn's Doctor.
Yours in Health and Wellness
My Crohn's Doctor
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Hello, I am Dr Michael and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was 12 years old.