Intimacy and NF1: A Resource Exploring the Impact of NF1 on Intimacy and Relationships

Many people with NF have formed healthy, successful long-term relationships. We understand that intimacy is an important aspect of a meaningful, satisfying life. In this resource we will discuss some ways that NF1 can impact intimacy and offer helpful suggestions on ways to navigate possible challenges.

Use the buttons below or at the top of the webpage to navigate to other pages in the resource with information on how to talk to others about NF1, how NF1 may impact intimacy, how to improve intimacy, and how to get connected with the NF1 community.

What is intimacy? 

  • The term intimacy is often used to refer to sexual interactions, but intimacy also involves both emotional and physical connection. 
  • Intimacy can include all of the ways in which people connect with one another (verbally and non-verbally) and is often present in close relationships and friendships. 
  • A meaningful intimate relationship is built on a foundation of trust, respect, and honest communication.