* Ulcerative colitis occurs most often in people ages 15 to 30, although the disease may afflict people of any age.* It affects men and women equally and appears to run in some families Ms Payne was first diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2010, after she found herself needing to go to the bathroom up to 30 times a day and having little control of her bowel.'When the doctors did a colonoscopy, they found my entire bowel was filled with ulcers,' she told Daily Mail Australia.'I spent the next three years on medication - which didn't really help - before the surgeons told me that I was probably going to have to get a colostomy bag.'Ms Payne said that she 'joked' about the idea at first as she didn't think it would happen.'I didn't know what it was and went overseas to try a vegetarian diet to see if that would help my symptoms,' she added.

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But in the scenario that someone does take an issue with it, then be honest with yourself, is that really somebody you want to continue a relationship with? In the end, even though there was an adjustment period and some initial concerns, I have found that sex can be just as, if not even more, satisfying and enjoyable with an ostomy than without (especially if you are dealing with some of the same issues I was beforehand). You are still a beautiful/handsome/sexy person with or without a colon and with or without an ostomy bag. Have you found a difference in your sex life since getting an ostomy? Are there any men willing to share their own experience?

If they have a problem with an ostomy bag, then they probably have other issues, as well.

While many young women would have you believe that dating in 2017 is a minefield, some have it much harder than most.

Take Shantel Payne, 28, from the Sunshine Coast, who has spent the best part of the past five years with a colostomy bag.

), but I know that sex is an important subject when it comes to ostomies.

It’s probably one of the first questions you have when you know you are going to have surgery. You wonder not only about the “how is this going to work? ” It’s also a hard question to bring up for many people, so I figure… And we’ll talk about it online so you don’t actually have to bring yourself to ask about it.

A reservoir is then created from the distal small bowel, which is then joined to the anal canal.'I had that done and stayed in hospital for two weeks,' she said.

'But I wasn't right for four months after it and when a tunnel formed from my J-pouch to my vagina, the doctors said I was going to have to get the bag back.'Ms Payne said her second stoma procedure was much harder than the first:'I was devastated about getting it back as I thought it wouldn't happen again,' she said.'I cried and cried and cried, but then I told myself I was going to have to be a bit more accepting this time around.'And so, the 28-year-old started fundraising for Crohn's Disease and Colitis Australia, vowing that she would adopt a 'mind over matter' approach:'It's hard, because when you have a physical problem, people can see what's wrong straight away.

I have debated for a while about writing a post on sex.

I know my parents and my parents-in-law and even my grandparents read my blog (I’m giving you fair warning that this is one post you can skip!

(These are the basic ones that I use from Target, but Awestomy and Ostomy Secrets have some fancier ones.) The wrap also helps me to not even consider my bag during those times.