A Question for the Women

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I've been connecting with a website dedicated to providing networking opportunities for people with IBD (Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis) and asked if anyone thought there is a connection between these illnesses and sexual health. Certainly, in my life, there is. My flares of Crohn's disease are frequently the product of a connection with a woman going drastically (although usually very subtly) wrong combined with the distinct lack of interest in sexual health in the community around me as a whole. One woman on that site told me that there is, in her experience, a connection between menstrual cycles and IBD in women.

My question to the women here with experience in Karezza: Have you noticed a change in your menstrual cycles connected to your use of Karezza with your partner? Did Karezza make them easier or harder?





Hi, Arnold~~very interesting question and observation!

I really don't know if my (easy) periods are from practicing karezza or my diet (plant-based) or both! But I do know that at my age (I will be 53 next month) I am still having periods, yet having an easy time of it all (no symptoms of menopause, etc.). But I've really never been on birth control nor hormonal replacement, either, so I don't know how that plays into the scenario, either.

All I know is my periods always *surprise* me as I don't have PMS, etc., anymore~~

I feel certain all the "yang" I receive from my lover helps balance me in *all* ways, though! It's my medicine, ha!

(one thing I do know for sure is my breast size has increased through giving them so much more loving attention and I feel 1000% more feminine now than I ever have in my life)


Hi Rachel,

Thanks for answering my question and for your comments. I read in Cupid that there is a mention of Taoist practices mitigating the effects of the drain of women's menstruation (pg 38). I also read in Peace that there is a general outline of the many health benefits of Karezza (pg 70). That fits quite closely with your all purpose "medicine" observation. I thought I read somewhere in these books that stressful periods was a sign of things not going the way Karezza promotes. I can't seem to find it anymore. I can't seem to find anything on Reuniting.info either that is directly related to menstruation. Maybe I should look up PMS and see what I find!

I'm convinced that there is a connection between sexual health and IBD. I heard many years ago that the main times for being diagnosed with Crohn's disease are puberty and menopause, both of which have connections to our sexuality.

So I've posted my theory on the Crohn's networking site and see what they think.

Thanks for your help.




I'm new here, and Karezza and very hopeful about re-kindling my love life with my wife of 23 years. She is truly a wonderful woman to have stood beside me during my issues which have brought me to this forum.

She had a long history of IBS (IBD) and Diverticulitis as a youth, and February of last year almost died from an intestinal disorder associated with the Campylo-Bacter bacteria. This is a very common bacteria...ALL commercial and MOST ALL hobby/organic chicken carries it. This is why one must always cook chicken completely before consumption. Her sensitivity was to the bacteria associated with raising chickens (we had a couple of hundred for breeding and eggs). Symptoms mimicked c-diff until a culture proved what it actually was.

My point is that IBS/IBD just might be a bad bacteria in your intestine. There are also causes associated with GMO crops, especially where the modification is for the plant (such as corn) to produce a pesticide. This is all bad news. Emotional state greatly impacts your ability to manage with what amounts to a toxic bowel. Consider trying dietary changes and/or having a stool culture done as well as working on your emotional well being.

Just a thought.


Thanks Kuaka,

I'm aware of the connection between IBD and leaky gut (Gut dysbiosis). The way I see it, there are at least three major sources of IBD: 1. Gut dysbiosis (unhealthy gut flora) 2. Deeply rooted stress. 3. Environmental toxins. Jini Patel Thompson mentions all three in her approach to healing (www.listentoyourgut.com). GMO crops could easily play a role as well. I'm currently exploring Jini's approach in great detail. Diet seems to play a huge role in healing.

My interest in the psycho-emotional aspects is that it has played such a large role in flares for me. It's the one area of healing that is the most challenging to address as well because the links to normal patterns of social behaviour are so strong (in my case). The other two are relatively easy and I've been after (and continue to pursue) every approach to healing that I've found in these areas for a long time now. The psycho-emotional and social aspects of healing IBD are most strongly connected to the material on this site too. I've been trying to find out if this is just me or there are other people who find a similar connection between unharmonious intimate relations (or, as in my case, a total lack of intimacy) and IBD. I am hearing that others have seen a similar connection. It would make sense, given the well researched connection between IBD and stress (Gabor Mate wrote an excellent book on this topic "When the Body Says No").

Thanks for writing and for your thoughts.



That feeling "in your gut"...

is real. Our intestinal tract and our emotions are intricately connected. Sometimes it is difficult to determine cause and effect, since intestinal issues and poor emotional status go together often. It is a "simple", though not "easy" task to eliminate as many manufactured "foods" as possible from your diet and see if there is improvement.