If you have Ulcerative Colitis Disease, then you’re familiar with the intense cramps, abdominal pain, and restroom urgency a flare can cause. What you might not be familiar with, however, are these seven facts.
1. There Are Different Types of Colitis
Many people are surprised to learn that there are several types of colitis, defined by the area or areas affected by the disease, according to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). With ulcerative proctitis, inflammation is limited to the rectum. Proctosigmoiditis affects the rectum and the sigmoid colon. In left-sided colitis, the inflammation goes from the rectum to a bend in the colon near the spleen. Pan-ulcerative colitis involves the entire colon.
2. Pregnancy Is Still Possible After Surgery
Surgery is sometimes necessary to remove the colon. If you are trying to get pregnant, it’s important to note that your fertility rate after a colectomy with an ileostomy or a J pouch may be reduced slightly, according to the CCFA. In that case, you might want to get pregnant and have your baby first if postponing surgery is an option. For pregnancy after surgery, waiting a year before conceiving may help you avoid postsurgery complications like an obstruction or drop of the ileostomy. For some, pregnancy brings additional benefits, such as a decrease in symptoms and flares, the CCFA says.