Treatment of Autoimmune Factors in Fertility

Treatment of Autoimmune Factors in Fertility 2018-01-26T23:48:37+00:00

Treatment of Autoimmune Factors in Fertility

Autoimmune diseases consist of a group of 80 autoimmune illnesses. These serious, chronic illnesses cause the immune system to become misdirected. Instead of protecting organs, it attacks them, and that can wreak havoc on someone’s reproductive health. While both men and women can suffer from autoimmune disorders, 75 percent of disorders are diagnosed in women. Women often suffer from these disorders when they are of childbearing age.

Fortunately, fertility specialists have made major strides in helping people who have autoimmune disorders carry the pregnancy to term. If you suffer from an autoimmune disorder, it’s essential that you seek the help of a fertility specialist, so you can have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

Women with autoimmune disorders can typically conceive a child but have problems carrying the baby to term. The body thinks the foetal cells are invading organisms, and it attacks them. The immune system often destroys the embryo.

If you’re being treated for an autoimmune disorder, you can end up with a different set of problems. The medications you are taking can make you infertile. Cytoxan is one of the worst when it comes to fertility. It has been known to cause miscarriages, so you will need to talk to your fertility specialist about how to better manage your disease while you’re pregnant. Your specialist will work directly with your doctor to design a treatment plan with both your physical health and fertility in mind.

Our fertility specialists have worked with countless couples who deal with autoimmune disorders. Our experts will work with you to establish a plan that fits your specific needs.

Autoimmune disorders go into remission, and that is the best time to conceive. However, you might have a flare-up when you’re pregnant. Our treatment team can deal with flare-ups as they come, allowing you to have a healthy pregnancy.

Anti-inflammatory agents fight back against flare-ups. Prednisone is one of the most popular options when dealing with a flare-up during pregnancy. It actually suppresses activity in the immune system, so your body can’t create cells to destroy the embryo. You might need to take additional medications, as well, such as aspirin to decrease swelling. The medications you need depend on your specific symptoms.

If you have an autoimmune disorder and another fertility issue, you might need to take fertility drugs to become pregnant and carry the baby to term. Hormones can cause autoimmune disorder flare-ups, and since fertility drugs are hormones, some flare-ups are normal. Your fertility specialist will work with your endocrinologist and rheumatologist to manage your symptoms and find the best combination of medications for you.

Autoimmune disorders aren’t just a female problem. Your fertility specialist will also do an anti-sperm antibody test to find out if the man has problems producing or delivering functioning sperm. It is important to check both partners to get to the root of the issue.

You want to have a baby more than anything, and you’re ready to take the next step. Pick up the phone and call us for a free phone consultation. We can go over your specific situation and begin formulating a plan for your success.