Research Finds Fewer Women With Lupus Use Birth Control
A study by a team of Sri Lankan researchers found that women with lupus were less likely to use birth control and as a consequence had more unplanned pregnancies and more miscarriages than women who don’t have lupus and those who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
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Often the unplanned pregnancies would have complications for both mother and child, which resulted in the higher number of miscarriages. Pregnancy in general can create new health concerns for women with lupus, including higher lupus activity, kidney inflammation and antiphospholipid antibodies which can be dangerous for both mother and fetus.
As lupus does not affect fertility in women, the research shows the importance of birth control for women with lupus and the need to plan pregnancies during periods of remission to help avoid any potential complications. Find out more about this study here.
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