Sexual health and fertility for individuals with inflammatory bowel disease.

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Sexual health and fertility for individuals with inflammatory bowel disease.

World J Gastroenterol. 2019 Sep 28;25(36):5423-5433

Authors: Leenhardt R, Rivière P, Papazian P, Nion-Larmurier I, Girard G, Laharie D, Marteau P

Abstract
The impact of a chronic disease such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) on sexual functioning and body image can significantly impair the quality of life of patients. This review considers the sexual and fertility aspects of IBD patients and their daily management. Modern IBD healthcare management should include appropriate communication on sexuality and consider psychological, physiological, and biological issues. Patients with IBD have less children than the general population, and voluntary childlessness is frequent. The most influential factors reported by IBD patients who experience fertility alteration are psychological and surgery-related problems. Pregnancy is a major concern for patients, and any pregnancy for IBD patients should be closely followed-up to keep the chronic disease in a quiescent state. Preconceptional consultation is of great help.

PMID: 31576090 [PubMed – in process]

PubMed Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31576090?dopt=Abstract