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About ICP: in detail

ICP Support is different from other organisations providing information on the condition because two of the trustees who run the charity also work in research into the condition (see the pictures of Jenny and Pete below). This means that what you read here is the most up-to-date research and thinking on what should happen in an ICP pregnancy. This should enable you, working together with your healthcare professionals, to ensure that you and your baby receive what’s considered to be the best care.

In the lab
Jenny Chambers works for Professor Catherine Williamson as her Clinical Trials Coordinator. Jenny helps with the design and implementation of research studies into ICP, as well as recruiting women to take part in research and collecting samples (such as blood, urine and placenta) to be used in research.

In these pages you will find detailed information about the condition, together with how it is diagnosed, treated and managed. We include some references to the scientific literature, but there are many more that we could have added. A fuller list of references can be found at our Research papers page.

Genetic research
Dr Peter Dixon is Senior Scientist to Professor Catherine Williamson. Peter is the team's genetics expert as well as investigating other aspects of the condition.

If you find the information here helpful, why not make a donation so that as a charity we can continue to help fund research?

What is ICP?

What is ICP?

The basic facts about intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP)

What are the symptoms?

What are the symptoms?

The signs that you may have ICP

What causes ICP?

What causes ICP?

ICP is a complex condition affected by several things

How is ICP diagnosed?

How is ICP diagnosed?

How do you know that you have ICP?

How is ICP treated?

How is ICP treated?

The various treatments available for ICP

Management of an ICP pregnancy

Management of an ICP pregnancy

An ICP pregnancy needs to be managed carefully

Will ICP harm me?

Will ICP harm me?

Are there any risks for the mother?

Will ICP harm my baby?

Will ICP harm my baby?

ICP carries a number of risks for your baby

Bile acids – what’s all the fuss?

Bile acids – what’s all the fuss?

Bile acids are important in ICP

What else I can do?

Is there anything else I can do?

Useful ways to help deal with ICP

Birth of your baby

Birth of your baby

When and how will your baby be born?

After your baby is born

After your baby is born

The longer term effects of ICP

Contraception

Contraception

ICP can influence the contraception that you use

I’m still itching!

I’ve had my baby and I’m still itching

Itching carries on after the birth for some women. Why?

Will I get ICP again?

Will I get ICP again?

The chances of getting ICP in subsequent pregnancies are quite high

Can I take HRT?

Can I take HRT?

Hormone replacement therapy after ICP is an open question