When dating or socializing with your friends, you may need to explain that you might sometimes have symptoms and will not always be able to go out, but you don’t have to say any more. If you feel like talking more about it, fine, but that’s up to you.

You can have a successful and rewarding relationship in spite of your disease. Whether you tell your boyfriend or girlfriend about your IBD is up to you. If you are just planning a couple of dates and nothing serious, then maybe not. If it turns out that you plan to spend a lot of time with this person, it may be something to think about. It’s up to you to decide.

If you’re not sure, get some advice from a parent, friend, or maybe another IBD patient.