New J-poucher with questions on new life

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 8/25/2009 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had my second surgery in March 09 and had my first and only experience with pouchitis in June.  I have so many questions.  Can you avoid pouchitis with probiotics?  Is fibre really needed now since fibre helps food move in the large intestine that is no longer there?  When can I apply for life insurance again without being rejected since I am now cured of UC?  Does anyone really get pregnant after the surgery without artificial insemination?
Thanks for your experiences!

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 788
   Posted 8/25/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Charlie! I know there are some people with j-pouches on this site, but there are even more on

I do know that you can get pregnant with a j-pouch. It's just that studies have shown fertility to be decreased. I actually read a poll that suggested j-pouch women who got acupunture to get pregnant had an easier time.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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