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How to Talk to Literally Anyone About Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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We’ve all been there: “What’s inflammatory bowel disease?” For those of us who even choose to disclose IBD and say the word “bowel” in mixed company, elaborating on what it actually means can be more than we’re ready to talk about.

Simply disclosing our condition was already outside our comfort zone, and it was a huge step! But getting into detail? What’s too much?

What’s too little? What’s too gross? What’s too complicated? While we appreciate the genuine curiosity and desire to understand, it’s a lot to thoroughly explain IBD without going overboard on unnecessary (or “embarrassing”) details.

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