Dr. Yvette Leung
Calgary, AB
Dr. Yvette Leung completed her Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Calgary and an Advanced IBD Fellowship at the University of Chicago prior to becoming faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Calgary. She was inspired to focus her clinical and research work in the area of IBD and pregnancy as she found early on in her practice that there were a lot of misconceptions and gaps in research in this important area. She is dedicated to educating patients and other physicians on pregnancy and IBD. She is a member of the University of Calgary IBD Group one of the largest IBD centers in the world. She is co-chair of the Maternofetal Outcomes and Research Canadian Registry – IBD (MORe CaRe).



Q&A: UC and Menses by AndreaEm

Yes this has been observed in many women with IBD. However what we don't know is whether or not it is truly a "mini-flare" or bowel symptoms that are "heightened" because of changes in perception of pain during menses, plus or minus pain from the menses.


Q&A: Vasovagal episodes by JoleneAwbrey

You are right, vasovagal episodes in the setting of UC and your therapy is certainly not something to my knowledge that's been reported on in the scientific literature. I do not believe your vasovagal episodes have anything to do with UC and your treatment. However we do hear of patients in general (i.e. not with IBD) having vasovagal episodes while they are "bearing down". Are you having to "bear down" more and struggle more with your bowel movements to get them out since child birth? I would recommend that you follow up with your GI physician regarding this. If its a case that you are having to "push" a lot to get the stool out , there are managment strategies for that.


Medications Used to Treat Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

The use of common Crohn's and colitis (IBD) medications during pregnancy and while a baby is breastfeeding is a concern for many women. There are fears that these medications might harm the developing fetus or be passed to the child through breast...