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The Challenges of Intimacy When You Have Cloacal Exstrophy

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The Mighty Asks: How does your health condition affect your sex life? This is a loaded question. Being born in the early ‘70s with cloacal exstrophy stacked the odds against me to survive at all.

One might ask what cloacal exstrophy is. Well, it’s like you got in a fight with a blender and the blender won. All your abdominal viscera are basically scrambled and hanging on the outside.

The peritoneum does not close. This condition is known to happen on occasion with IVF babies. Why? I’m no doctor, but my guess is that you can liken it to “Horton Hears a Who.” Here’s this elephant carrying around a flower and on the flower are these tiny little creatures and he doesn’t realize it.

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