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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2015, Article ID 435820, 8 pages
Review Article

Optimizing the Care and Health of Women with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Department of Medicine and Division of Gastroenterology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 8E Gastroenterology, 110 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02215, USA

Received 2 December 2014; Revised 21 April 2015; Accepted 11 May 2015

Academic Editor: Caroline Nordenvall

Copyright © 2015 Judy Nee and Joseph D. Feuerstein. 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.


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease is increasing worldwide. Although diagnosis is equally found in men and women, the chronicity of IBD poses a unique impact on the milestones of a woman’s life. As the gastroenterologist becomes increasingly important in the health maintenance of patients with IBD, this review stresses the unique gender issues in women with IBD related to menstruation, cervical cancer, sexual health, contraception, and menopause that may affect the course of disease, treatment decisions, and quality of life.