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Should you use contraception if you have rheumatoid arthritis and are trying to start a family?

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Since some RA drugs can harm your baby, you need to avoid pregnancy until you're ready. Appropriate and effective methods include:

Some studies have suggested oral contraceptives might prevent rheumatoid arthritis in some women, but there's no evidence they help control symptoms.

  • Condoms
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Vaginal ring
  • Intrauterine device

From: Family Planning and Rheumatoid Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Scott Zashin, MD, rheumatologist; spokesperson, American College of Rheumatology.

eMedicine.com: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and Pregnancy."

Medscape: "Pregnancy, Fertility, and Contraception Risk in the Setting of Chronic Disease."

Del Junco, D. , Oct. 11, 1985. The Journal of the American Medical Association

The Arthritis Foundation: "The Genetics Behind Rheumatoid Arthritis."

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 17, 2019

SOURCES:

Scott Zashin, MD, rheumatologist; spokesperson, American College of Rheumatology.

eMedicine.com: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and Pregnancy."

Medscape: "Pregnancy, Fertility, and Contraception Risk in the Setting of Chronic Disease."

Del Junco, D. , Oct. 11, 1985. The Journal of the American Medical Association

The Arthritis Foundation: "The Genetics Behind Rheumatoid Arthritis."

FDA. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 17, 2019

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