The ability to become pregnant is an issue that many women face, and having inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) certainly adds to the many challenges. Women who undergo colectomy and ileal pouch–anal anastomosis (IPAA or J-pouch) are at an increased risk for infertility due to surgical factors, and often consider using assisted reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). Dr. Sunanda Kane, M.D., talks about some encouraging news as investigators from two tertiary centers in Boston have shared their experience with IVF.
The information in these studies, which have been published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hematology, and The American Journal of Gastroenterology, is potentially reassuring, and provides further hope for infertile couples with IBD. Read the first study online here.
Read the second study online here.
For more information about IBD, visit mayoclinic.org/IBD.
Dr. Kane is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic.
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