Ulcerative Colitis (cont.)
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Ulcerative colitis may be mild, moderate, or severe.
Most people have periods of remission (when the condition is not active) that may last up to several years. These periods are interrupted by occasional flare-ups of moderate symptoms. About 5 to 10 out of 100 people who have ulcerative colitis have symptoms all the time.1
Children may have the same symptoms as adults. Also, children with the disease may grow more slowly than normal and go through puberty later than expected.
Complications and long-term effects
Problems from ulcerative colitis can include:
Irritable bowel syndrome
Some people who have ulcerative colitis also have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It isn't as serious as ulcerative colitis. IBS causes belly pain along with diarrhea or constipation.
Pregnancy and ulcerative colitis
Most women with ulcerative colitis can have a normal pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby. Symptoms may be worse during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Some medicines to treat the disease can be used during pregnancy.
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