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- Propose, vote on, and discuss research ideas
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Here, you can submit a research idea to the community, cast your votes, and discuss research ideas proposed by other members. Please make your research question as specific as possible. Other members will vote on your research idea, and we will prioritize research ideas with the most votes.
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Female menstrual cycle and the worsening of symptoms with each cycle. Is this hormone related and would contraception ease symptoms?
My monthly cycle can often catapult me back into a full on flare and at the least i see a deterioration in my symptoms at this time of my cycle
Why some women with Crohn's Disease achieve remission, during the second and third trimester of pregnancy, then flare months after giving birth.
Because, it happened to me with both of my.pregnancies. During my first trimester, I had to be hospitalized with partial obstruction. After that, I was healthier than I'd been in years, until a few months after giving birth.
What is being done for surgical research to improve the lives of patients with multiple organ removal due to IBD/Ostomy who experience pelvic floor total collapse, including sexual function?
So far, reconstructive surgery to assist aging or disease complication organ losses causing serious pelvic floor collapse, sexual function seems IGNORED. When a woman has breast cancer, she is accepted and provided a method of reconstruction surgery to feel WHOLE and this assists both body and mind recovery in surviving her cancer. When an IBD patient spans losses and complications over time to end up with a non-immediate loss of feeling WHOLE, there's little to no information or medical access to having the RIGHT to be rebuilt and developing methods to surgically repair to reasonable expectations the pelvic floor, core and sexual health of someone who is missing large intestine, uterus, cervix, small gut and other organs from their illness trajectory to survive. Many of us are left at young age without our sexual function. We develop urological, bone, muscle/tissue wasting and other serious impairments and are ignored or told to "live with it", as the only answer. Where is the surgical research to develop and normalize the many of us suffering without answer?
Is there a relationship between maternal, fetal, or early childhood infection and the development of IBD later in life?
My mother contracted shingles when she was pregnant with me. I believe my Crohn's could potentially be related to prenatal immune stress caused by my mother's infection. Mothers and fetuses share hormones, immune cells and other factors that could impact the development of the immune system in the fetus. A potential mechanism for this could involve epigenetic changes in the expression of genes related to immunity.
Is there a correlation between women's monthly menstruation and IBD-related flares? If there is a correlation between these two event, what can be done to reduce flares and/or reduce flares severity?
As a woman with IBD, I have experienced a once monthly abdominal pain since being diagnosed with IBD that feels like it is intestinal and subsides after one part of the cycle concludes. GI's have confirmed they have noticed women w/IBD often complain of IBD pain at specific times in the menstrual cycle.
Is IBD/flaring commonly associated with gynecologic manifestations, such as lichen sclerosus or localized inflammation at the labia/vaginal vault?
There's a lot of information available about some specific extra-intestinal manifestations, but not in this area. More than 50% of the IBD Partners participants are female, and studies already document a correlation between hormones and flaring.