The most studied female hormone in IBD is estrogen. There is some literature on the role of estrogen in regulating the immune system in animal models of inflammatory bowel disease, as yet it has not been definitely shown to prevent or cause disease flare. In humans the role of estrogen in IBD is not consistent from multiple studies so no definitive conclusions can be made. In terms of your specific question about progesterone , there is no evidence from well controlled studies that it would be associated with IBD flares. From our experience, patients being treated at infertility centers do not seem to flare more by our observation.
Most women who have ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, both of which are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), are usually able to have a normal pregnancy and a healthy baby. But there are some important considerations to be mindful of before and...
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.
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.
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...