What is the impact of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) on sexual function or erectile dysfunction?
When experiencing an IBD flare, men can experience higher rates of erectile dysfunction (ED). However, when IBD is in remission, rates of ED are comparable to the general population. Some surgeries that are used to treat IBD, especially if the incision site is near the rectum, may potentially affect sexual function in men. Studies show that the risk is low and can be successfully treated if it does occur.