Lupus, Pregnancy

EULAR Recommendation 3

20. February 2021

Can lupus cause infertility in women? Although it may be difficult for a woman with SLE to become pregnant during a severe flare, women who have lupus have normal fertility rates.

“Women should receive counselling about fertility

If you wish to have a baby, either now or in the future, you should discuss general and disease-related risk factors with your doctor. Your lupus (especially lupus nephritis), your age, the drugs you take for your lupus, certain lifestyle exposures (such as tobacco use or alcohol consumption) may affect your ability to get pregnant. There may be lifestyle changes you can make to improve your fertility, such as limiting how much alcohol you drink, or stopping smoking.”


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