Post # 1
I am 22 years old and I am concerned about being able to conceive. I had prococious puberty and now I have Crohn’s Disease. I always have been told by my mom that it might be a struggle so I should not wait too long. Now that I am engaged, I really want to find this out before hand. Does anyone else have experience with Crohns or P.P.? Should I be worried? Is it too early to talk to my OBGYN? How could anyone even help me decide if I could get pregnant with no large obstacles?<br />I am obviously very naive on this subject but I just want to know before getting married!
Post # 2
It’s never to early to talk to your doctor. Being informed is a great thing.
Post # 3
It’s important to stop certain medications well in advance so they can completely leave your system, so as long as you aren’t asking 5 years ahead of time or something, I don’t think it’s too early.
Post # 4
ruphiolis: I was precocious and also scared sick about not being able to conceive. I conceived without any problems though and have a 6 year old healthy daughter. I am now 31, getting remarried and planning to have more kids 🙂
Post # 5
ruphiolis: I have a good friend with Crohn’s disease and she had no trouble conceiving and having healthy children in her late 20s / early 30s. But, being informed is always a good thing. Now you are engaged, I think this is an excellent time to talk to your doctor about TTC.
Post # 6
I talked to my PCP when I was engaged. It’s not too early at all, and they can’t give you every answer but they can start you in the right direction with any changes you may need to make.
Post # 7
ruphiolis: I have celiac, so not Crohns, but another version of GI hell. I started talking about fertility with my OBGYN long before Darling Husband. It was comforting to get the truth– for me it was better to find the right guy than to rush to have a baby. I checked every other year or so until I was married and then we had the “is there anything I should do before getting pregnant” discussion.
For me, my doctor laughed at the thought of me rushing to have a baby in my early 20s. He said that in my case, it was better for me and baby to wait at least 5 years for my body to heal and function properly. While fertility might decrease with age, I still had more than enough time (and fertility drugs in a healthy body were better than a natural pregnancy in a recovering body).
My friend had a totally different situation and her OBGYN was honest that she should be trying by 25 and needed to be done by 30. It took her until 26 to meet Mr. Right and 27 1/2 to get married. They are doing everything they can to spit out 2-3 kids in a row, but know that they are pushing her fertility and will need help.
Everyone is different and I am so hapy I had the talk with my doctor.
Post # 8
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it can’t hurt to ask early on. your obgyn may be able to set your mind at ease if he or she has experience with those issues. good luck!
Post # 9
No previous experience with your issues, but I don’t think it’s ever too early to let your doctor know that you hope to have children, and find out what you need to do to prepare. Good luck!