How is fertility affected in women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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In women with IBD, fertility is normal or only minimally impaired. The majority of case reports and small series show no adverse outcomes of pregnancies in patients with IBD who are taking immune modifiers. Birth defects have not been reported at a rate higher than that of the general population. If a patient is taking an immune modifier and becomes pregnant, current data support the consensus that continuing the immune modifier throughout the pregnancy is the safest course of action for both the mother and the fetus. [114]


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