Managing your inflammatory bowel disease

Managing your inflammatory bowel disease

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, which are both forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), are chronic, life-long conditions that can affect many aspects of your life.1,2

Below you will find some useful information on managing and living with your condition.

A man with IBD exercising outdoors as part of a group.
Living well

Keeping healthy and navigating normal everyday life can be difficult. Get useful advice on topics such as nutrition, sex and relationships, fertility, employment and more.

Patient discussing different treatment options with their doctors
Managing your symptoms

The symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease can be varied and difficult to manage. Find out more about managing a stoma, fatigue and your mental health.

A patient interacting with her IBD healthcare team in the NHS
Navigating the NHS and finding the right treatment

You might want to know what healthcare looks like for inflammatory bowel disease, or specifics about who treats you and what the treatment options are.

Find out about your medical team, what the treatment pathway looks like, and what treatments are available.

Navigating the NHS

Finding the right treatment

An IBD patient reading about IBD myths on his laptop.
Myths about inflammatory bowel disease

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about inflammatory bowel disease. We have compiled some of the most common ones here to help you understand what is true about your condition and what isn’t.

  1. NICE. Quality standard: Inflammatory bowel disease. Accessed October 2023.
  2. Lamb CA, et al. British Society of Gastroenterology consensus guidelines on the management of inflammatory bowel disease in adults. Gut. 2019;68(Suppl 3):s1-s106.