2013 Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) overview

An overview of Cochrane reviews (Farquhar 2013)

The State of the ART:
Pregnancy is an immunological marvel: the mother is able to fend off germs and malignancies and yet not reject the “parasitic alien” within. Therefore, for those who are subfertile or suffer recurrent miscarriages, it is not inconceivable (pardon the pun) that an immune defect may play a role. This is quite obvious in patients with rheumatic diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Lupus.
This review provides an introductory overview of one aspect of the fascinating science of Reproductive Immunology.

The initial stage of implantation, when the embryo is invading the epithelial layer of the endometrium to…

Fertility in Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Why do some women with rheumatoid arthritis experience difficulties conceiving?

RA patients experience greater difficulty conceiving, possibly due to active disease and higher NSAID/steroid usage.