Talk with an Information Specialist

While our educational resources contain almost everything you might need to know about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, there are some things that you’ll want to talk with a Crohn’s and colitis information specialist about.

Whether you’re looking for a specific resource, referrals to other organizations, or answers to questions you can’t find anywhere else, you can speak with helpful specialists at the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation’s Irwin M. and Suzanne R. Rosenthal IBD Resource Center (IBD Help Center), Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST:

Welcome to the IBD Help Center Education Corner!!!

A colonoscopy can be performed to both diagnose and monitor IBD.  Prior to the procedure patients are required to drink a bowel preparation that purges the colon of stool and debris. The colon preparation for some patients can have an unpleasant taste, be time consuming, and uncomfortable.  A 2019 published study, "Comparing the Real-World Effectiveness of Competing Colonoscopy Preparations: Results of a Prospective Trial", by Phillip Gu et al, sought to identify which bowel preparations were associated with superior bowel cleaning and patient tolerability.  Approximately 4,339 colonoscopies were preformed testing the most commercially available bowel preparations.  To learn more about the study and to review the list of the top preparations, contact the IBD Help Center at with the article title in the subject line or call 888 MY-GUT-PAIN (694-8872), Mon-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.