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Crohn's Disease Pregnancy

Updated on July 9, 2011

It does not matter if you are a male or female you can still safely have children even though you suffer from Crohn’s Disease. Women of average health and women with Crohn’s Disease have just about the same fertility rates. If you have a flare up of Crohn’s, being a woman your fertility could be lower than normal.

When you are taking certain medications then it can affect your fertility and lower your chance of getting pregnant. If you are a man who is taking Azulfadine, this can lower your fertility temporarily. Around 60% of men taking this drug have experienced this temporary dip in fertility. But once you stop taking the medication after about two months your fertility should get back to normal.

If you want to have children and you are on medication, talk to your doctor first so you take the correct steps, to ensure the best chance of you or your partner getting pregnant. This is also the best way to ensure that you and your baby will be safe throughout your pregnancy. So, be sure to bring up all concerns with your physician.

There is no additional risk for birth defects, premature births, congenital defects, or miscarriage in those who suffer from Crohn’s Disease. Your chances of these problems mirror that of any other healthy parent. 

Keep in mind that couples without Crohn’s Disease can have issues getting pregnant, about 1 in 7 couples have trouble with fertility. Just because you are not getting pregnant, it may not have anything to do with you or your partner having Crohn’s Disease.

The best time to try and get pregnant is when you are in remission as your body is stronger. Fertility can be compromised while you are experiencing a flare up. This can be due to improper diet or problems associated with low weight. Your body may not be able to handle conception and pregnancy in this condition.

Crohn's Disease Pregnancy
Crohn's Disease Pregnancy

Falling pregnant when you have bad inflammation or a flare up could make for a more problematic time for you throughout your pregnancy. Even though you have Crohn’s Disease you can have an uncomplicated pregnancy, but be sure that you take the right steps with your doctor or other health care providers to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

If you do have fears about pregnancy and Crohn’s Disease, go to your local Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis support group. They will be able to give you information about Crohn’s Disease and pregnancy.

They can put you in contact with women who have gone through pregnancy with Crohn’s Disease. Reaching out to others who have faced the same obstacles can help you to feel more comfortable about having a healthy pregnancy even though you have Crohn’s Disease.


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