Understanding Autoimmune Infertility
Autoimmune diseases occur in both women and men, but are more common in females and often present during the childbearing years. Systemic lupus erythematosus, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disease are just a few examples of the nearly 100 autoimmune disorders that have been identified.
Premature ovarian failure, early menopause, clotting disorders and other conditions that impact fertility are linked to chronic autoimmune disorders.
Some women with pre-existing autoimmune issues go into remission during pregnancy, while others experience a flare in symptoms. New conditions may also suddenly appear causing the body to attack normal blood proteins in the body. These inflammatory responses can interfere with egg fertilization and implantation and can even increase the risk of miscarriage.
Treatment of Infertility Related to Autoimmune Issues
A woman who has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease should be tested for antibodies that could affect her ability to become pregnant or carry a baby to term.
Medications such as aspirin and heparin can reduce clotting and corticosteroids may be used to suppress the immune system. These treatments require close monitoring.
Many women with autoimmune issues go on to experience successful pregnancies with careful treatment and management. DFW Fertility Associates are leaders in the treatment of infertility in Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, and the Dallas and Tarrant county areas.