Dating is complicated even at the best of times. Throw in IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and you will redefine complicated. IBS is not easy to live with and dating can certainly be a challenge but it doesn’t have to a messy ordeal as many people dread. Follow our Top Tips below and you will surely have an easier time at this whirlwind maze we call dating.
Be in Command
This doesn’t mean being bossy or dictating your partner’s every move. It does, however, mean that you will take the reigns in choosing the location and the time. Why? Because when it comes to dating and managing your digestive symptoms you want to be in control. That way you can choose the restaurant where you know the food agrees with you, pick a setting with a lively atmosphere to mask the noise emanating from your stomach and find a place that has conveniently located bathrooms. You may not be able to control your symptoms but you can certainly control the situation and minimize the effects they produce.
Don’t make excuses! Tell your date right away that you have IBS and what it entails. It is better to be upfront and honest and address the issue rather than to try to explain every time you go to the bathroom. IBS is the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder, so it may come as to no surprise that your date may even also suffer from it. You will never know unless you share your symptoms or you tell your own story.
Be Nice to Yourself
If you’re out and about and you end up spending too much time in the bathroom, don’t fret. Be nice to yourself. It is not an easy condition to live with. It is not pleasant to have pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation all the time but you can be sure that everyone has experienced these symptoms at some point. So, most people will be sympathetic to your plight and if they’re not…then it’s their problem, not yours.
This applies to not only the condition itself but what you wear. Try to wear ample clothing that are not too tight. The last thing you want at the end of a date is too feel like your pants are about to burst open because you’re so bloated. Remember you can be sexy and comfortable at the same time. Think of outfits that are loose and airy.
To Sum Up
Dating is challenging and complicated to say the least but it doesn’t have to be that way. Especially if you are honest with yourself and others about your condition. Dating is always an adventure full of fun moments, so don’t make it weird by complicating it with IBS. make things simple, follow our advice and be prepared for the unexpected. Don’t worry if not every date will understand your plight, be true to yourself and you will find the right person for you.