FERTILITY & PREGNANCY IN WOMEN WITH RHEUMATOID ART
Experts examine the concerns regarding women with Rheumatoid Arthritis and pregnancy.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease which means a person's immune system is attacking his or her own body-and specifically attacking the joints. Women outnumber men with Rheumatoid Arthritis by a ratio of 3 to 1-and when a younger woman is diagnosed with RA- often she wants to know how this condition will affect her ability to have a baby. But studies have shown that women with Rheumatoid Arthritis have many concerns about becoming pregnant and delivering a healthy child. In this program we'll explore some of those concerns. We'll hear from experts who believe the condition must be well-controlled before becoming pregnant-but they do not consider rheumatoid arthritis as a reason to avoid having a baby. We'll also see how research on women with cancer who had chemotherapy during pregnancy is offering information about the long-term impact of medication on babies in the womb.