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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 4 (1990), Issue 7, Pages 360-363
IDB: Lifestyle Issues

Oral Contraceptives, Sex, Pregnancy and Breast Feeding in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

RN Allan

Gastroenterology Unit, General Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, UK

Copyright © 1990 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper summarizes the scientific basis for advice to inflammatory bowel disease patients concerning oral contraceptives, sex, pregnancy and breast feeding. The physician counselling any individual patient must clearly convert this information into a format suitable for that patient and his family. The information should be reinforced by simple, concise, clear information booklets, such as those produced by the National, Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease.