When Sunanda Kane, M.D., sees female patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), she is frequently asked how these conditions may affect pregnancy or the ability to get pregnant. A recent study also investigated this issue and found that there was no decrease in fertility in women with IBD who have not undergone significant abdominal or pelvic surgery.
- There is no decrease in fertility rates in women who have IBD and have not had significant abdominal surgery.
- Women who have had surgical procedures for Crohn's disease, as long as it did not remove the entire colon, had no decrease in fertility
- However, women with ulcerative colitis who have undergone a j-pouch (Ileoanal anastomosis) procedure are at an increased risk for infertility.
Dr. Kane is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in the care and evaluation of patients with IBD.