Infertility may be associated with the presence of certain autoimmune diseases. Treatments may be available in some cases, but due to the fact that there are many unknown facts about the causes of these diseases, certain treatments may not work. The immune system should be suppressed to avoid early pregnancy loss. Ideally, conception should happen when the disease is in remission.
Autoimmune Diseases and Infertility
Many autoimmune diseases will cause fertility issues or pregnancy loss. To improve the chances of conceiving, the immune system should not be active. The activity of the immune system can be suppressed with the use of prednisone or prednisolone. Studies have shown that patients who take cyclophosphamides, a drug that may be administered in autoimmune diseases, are at a higher risk of miscarriage.
Hormonal treatment is not recommended in women with autoimmune diseases, as hormones can cause a disease flareup. Most fertility doctors will recommend conceiving only when the disease is in remission. Remission can be achieved with specific medication and a change in lifestyle. However, the pregnancy can cause a disease flareup. In this case, corticosteroids such as Prednisone should be administered. These drugs will not affect the fetus.