Infertility Risk Increases With IBD Surgery

  • There are many things to be concerned about when being faced with surgery to treat your IBD.  Now, researchers are adding infertility to the equation.  Infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant after trying for at least one year.  While it may be the last thing on your mind when you are facing IBD surgery it is important to take some time to review the current findings.

    Recent studies have shown a infertility rate of 15% after drug treatment but infertility increased to a whopping 48% after bowel surgery (1).  It is still not known the exact reasons that IBD surgery increases infertility rates but it is theorized that it may be due to scar tissue which can block fallopian tubes and cause other issues.

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    If you are of childbearing years and are still wanting to have more children discuss these issues with your physician.  If you have had bowel surgery in the past and are now dealing with infertility make sure that your ob/gyn is aware of this issue.  They may be able to go in and remove scar tissue to help regain fertility.  There are also a lot of other options for the treatment of infertility out there so don’t loose hope.  Talk with your doctor to find out what course of action is right for you.

Published On: May 21, 2013