Let's be nice of other's opinions, folks.
Overall, there's a lot of voluntary childlessness with IBD and other autoimmune disorders. Doctors say a lot of this voluntary childlessness has to do with a patient misunderstanding of the actual odds of passing UC down to their offspring. But as you all know, I like statistics so let's see what the actual odds are:
Is Crohn's disease inherited?
There appears to be a risk for inheriting Crohn's disease, especially in families of Jewish ancestry.
Children who have one parent with Crohn's disease have a 7 to 9 percent lifetime risk of developing the condition. They also have a 10 percent chance to develop some form of inflammatory bowel disease. When both parents have inflammatory bowel disease, the risk for their children to develop Crohn's disease is 35 percent.
So there's 90% odds your offspring will NOT have UC within his/her lifetime, which is pretty good odds. If you have a desire to have your own children, then by all means do so
And there were some identical twin studies a while back, one twin got IBD, and the odds of the other getting it were 50% during his/her lifetime. Read that again, identical DNA, so there is definitely more going on here.
So, is genetics a closed-door, absolute cause of UC? No. There's curious patterns of inheritance within some families, which piques some interest among researchers. However, UC is not broadly inheritable and not guaranteed to occur when we have kids.