Inflammatory bowel disease includes the following gastrointestinal conditions:
- Crohn's Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Indeterminate Colitis
- Microscopic enterocolitis; lymphocytic and collagenous enterocolitis
- Celiac Disease
- Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis
IBD largely affects young people, and women make up 50 percent of all IBD cases. Subsequently, IBD can affect different aspects of a woman's health at different stages of her life and of her disease. At our IBD center, we strive to educate our female IBD patients about how the disease can affect:
- Contraceptive Method Choice
- Cervical Health
- Pregnancy and Delivery
- Bone Health
We provide strategies on how to manage the disease during the pregnancy and postpartum period and how to avoid negative pregnancy outcomes and medication side effects. The gastroenterology team works closely with our high-risk obstetrician and the patient's primary obstetrician to ensure the best pregnancy outcome. We also work closely with our women's health center and division of endocrinology to assess and treat our patients for osteoporosis and osteopenia. (Bone loss may occur because of the disease or the medications used to control the disease).
In addition to caring for your disease, our goal is to prevent complications to your overall health from the disease and the medications you are using. We ensure you get appropriate vaccinations and screening for different conditions.
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Individualized Treatment Plan Helps Manage Chronic Ulcerative Colitis - MyGeorgetownMD Fall 2016