Women and IBD
One of the goals of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center is to focus on specialty care for women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is typically diagnosed in people ages 25 to 35, and while women are as likely to develop the condition as men, fertility and childbearing concerns often factor into their treatment. In addition to treating IBD, we offer education regarding many aspects of women's gastrointestinal health, and provide management strategies during difficult and life-changing times.
Since many of our patients are of childbearing age, they have questions about fertility, conceiving, intimacy and taking medications during pregnancy. The IBD Program offers resources to address the issues and works closely with the high-risk maternal-fetal medicine group.
The IBD Program offers these unique services for women with IBD:
- Multidisciplinary approach for the care of IBD patients, including expedited referrals to minimally invasive and colorectal surgery
- Specialized imaging and diagnostic techniques
- High risk OB/GYN providers
- Endoscopic ultrasound for evaluation of fecal incontinence and perianal Crohn's disease
- Chromoendoscopy for detection of dysplasia in high risk patients
- Nutritionist who specializes in short bowel, malabsorption, and IBD nutrition
Pregnancy and IBD
At the IBD Program, we want to ensure suitable treatment and safety for our patients during pregnancy and at the time of delivery. Patients work together with a gastroenterologist, obstetrician, and surgeon to determine the best choices regarding pregnancy.
Video: IBD and Women's Health
In this 5-minute video, Dr. Seema Patil discusses IBD and Women's Health, answering the following questions: Why are women’s menstrual cycles irregular when they have IBD? How will IBD impact my ability to become pregnant? Can people continue taking their medications through pregnancy? If I have IBD will my child have IBD? and Does IBD put me at a higher risk for osteoporosis/fractures?