Crohn’s disease is a chronic medical condition that affects your digestive system. It can be considered to be a group of long-sustaining health conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease. The Crohn’s disease originates when our body’s immune system starts attacking the gut, causing inflammation in small and large intestines, or in any part of the digestive tract.
Although it can develop in individuals of any age, Crohn’s disease is more likely to develop in individuals aged between 15 and 35 years. Women are equally likely to develop the condition as men. This article will explain what the disease is and how it affects women in particular. Some of the symptoms that affect women in particular are:
1. Irregular periods
Crohn’s disease is known to cause irregular periods in women. A flare-up of the disease can impact the hormone levels, affect the nutrition,and even elevate stress levels in the body, which all contribute towards impacting the menstrual cycle. The inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease can also hamper the normal functioning of hormones in your body. Some other common symptoms, like diarrhea or loss of appetite can impact the amount of nutrients that your body gets. Crohn’s disease can also trigger an increase in the stress levels because the associated symptoms are often uncomfortable and impact the individual’s abilities to carry out everyday tasks. Women with inflammatory bowel disease typically witness heightened symptoms during a couple of weeks before and during their period.
2. Iron deficiency
Women with inflammatory bowel disease are also at higher risk exposure to the development of an iron deficiency in their body, as compared with women who do not suffer from the condition. This is usually attributed to the bleeding in or from the intestine or simply due to a lack of absorption of iron in the body. Sometimes,a heavier menstrual cycle may also have an impact on the iron levels in the body, thus, women who have both inflammatory bowel disease and heavy periods should consult their doctor about the possibility of developing an iron deficiency.
3. Fertility issues
Many research studies have shown that women who in a stage of Crohn’s Disease remission will have the similar rate of fertility as the general women without the condition. However, this doesn’t really apply to those women whose disease is still active, or for those women who may have recently had a treatment surgery for the condition. Such women are more prone to having difficulties trying to conceive. Women (with a known Crohn’s disease condition) who are planning to conceive should consult their doctor before hand, because there may be chance that some Crohn’s disease treatment options can affect their fertility. Women with inflammatory bowel disease tend to do just fine during pregnancy if their disease is in a state of remission at the time they become pregnant. However, if a female conceives during an inflammatory bowel disease condition, the disease may stay active and even get worse during pregnancy.Most of the medications prescribed for treating Crohn’s disease … Read More..