Reproductive Health and IBD

Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) may sometimes affect reproductive health. This includes your sexual health as well as your fertility. This information sheet is for men and women to find out more about fertility, appropriate contraception options, having periods (menstruation) and the menopause.

This information sheet is for men and women to find out more about fertility, appropriate contraception options, having periods (menstruation) and the menopause. We have related information sheets about Pregnancy and IBD and Sexual Relationships and IBD that you might also find useful. 

How might Crohn's or Colitis affect my periods (menstruation)?
Other issues for women
How might this affect my contraception choice?
How might having Crohn's or Colitis affect my sexual relationship?
How might having Crohn's or Colitis affect my fertility?
How do Crohn's and Colitis drug treatments affect fertility?
Specific drug treatments that may affect fertility or conception
Can I improve my fertility?
What if I still can't get pregnant?
Having fertility treatment
How can I get more support?
Help and support from Crohn's & Colitis UK
Other useful organisations
How we write our information

Last reviewed: June 2018