If you have been diagnosed with a rheumatic condition, such as: rheumatoid arthritis (RA), spondyloarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, or scleroderma, you may want to discuss the chance that your rheumatic treatment may affect your fertility with your rheumatologist.

Many of the prescription drugs used to treat rheumatic conditions in woman can cause:

  • Amenorrhea
  • Ovarian Failure
  • Delayed onset of menstruation
  • Trouble conceiving 

Prescription drugs used to treat rheumatic conditions in men can cause:

  • Azoospermia
  • Oligospermia
  • Impaired sperm motility

Your rheumatologist can work with a fertility specialist, such as a reproductive endocrinologist, to coordinate your fertility preservation care. It is important for your rheumatologist and fertility specialist to have an open line of communication about your rheumatic treatment and available fertility options.

Learn more about your fertility preservation options and consult your rheumatologist about your future fertility!


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If you have a specific fertility-related question or would like a referal for a fertility preservation consultation, call the Oncofertility Consortium® FERTline at 312-503-FERT or 866-708-FERT to speak with a patient navigator and find a reproductive specialist near you.