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Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Fertility

Posted on Sun Mar 27, 2011

Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Fertility
Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks tissue in the joints which leads to inflammation, pain and joint damage and now researchers have found that this condition can also hinder fertility. A study including more than 68,000 pregnant women found that 25% of women with rheumatoid arthritis took more than a year of trying before getting pregnant. Only 16% of women without arthritis needed that much time to get pregnant. In addition, 10% of the women with rheumatoid arthritis needed fertility treatments to get pregnant, compared to the only 8% of women without the condition. However, researchers are not yet clear why this condition might interfere with fertility.

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