Fertility is impaired in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), whereas less is known about male fertility problems. Pregnancy outcome in patients with RA is slightly less favorable compared with the general population, especially in patients with active disease. Disease activity usually improves during pregnancy, but less than previously thought. Although several antirheumatic drugs are contraindicated in pregnancy, more treatment options are available. There is evidence on the safety of TNF inhibitors in pregnancy. Given the impact of active disease on fertility and pregnancy outcome, a treat-to-target strategy is recommended for patients who are pregnant or have a wish to conceive.

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Keywords Disease activity, Fertility, Lactation, Pregnancy, Rheumatoid arthritis
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rdc.2016.12.004, hdl.handle.net/1765/99193
Journal Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America
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de Jong, P.H.P, & Dolhain, R.J.E.M. (2017). Fertility, Pregnancy, and Lactation in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America (Vol. 43, pp. 227–237). doi:10.1016/j.rdc.2016.12.004