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Does Crohn's disease affect conception?

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If you have active Crohn's disease, it may be harder to get pregnant than you would when it's in remission.

If a man who wants to become a father is taking sulfasalazine (Azulfidine) for Crohn's disease, he should ask his doctor to change his medication. Sulfasalazine can cause a lower sperm count.

If a man is taking methotrexate for Crohn's disease, he should stop taking it for 3 months before trying to conceive. Women with Crohn's should avoid methotrexate before pregnancy and while pregnant.

From: Crohn's Disease and Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "IBD and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know."

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 17, 2019

SOURCES:

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "IBD and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know."

FDA. “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 17, 2019

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