Women with lupus at risk of reduced fertility

12 June 2015

A new report has found that women who have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and/or antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) are at a greater risk of having problems with getting pregnant and carrying the child.

Presented at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2015), these recommendations are based on evidence from analysing more than 3,000 women.

The guidelines offer assistance on how women with either condition can get pregnant, and the steps they should take once they have conceived.

Study investigator Dr Laura Andreoli, from the Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology Unit, department of clinical and experimental sciences at the University of Brescia, said APS and SLE disproportionately affect women, typically starting when they are at their most fertile.

These conditions will often develop before women have made a decision about starting a family, she added, and the conditions can leave them at risk of reduced fertility and pregnancy complications.

Dr Andreoli said this means that doctors should ensure that "optimal management" includes best-practice measures to reduce these risks from the onset of disease and throughout pregnancy.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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