Some of you women may remember completing an
extra form that we mailed out in regards to women and reproduction. We thank all of you that completed the form and from that data we were able to find out the following:

- That more than one-half of women diagnosed with RA or SLE had fewer biologic children than desired

- The rate of infertility is higher in RA patients than in SLE patients-many studies have tried to find out why, but it is still unclear

- Even though infertility does not
appear to be significantly increased
by SLE patients, having fewer
children than desired was associated with pregnancy loss

- Concerns about the well-being of a pregnancy, offspring and disability contributed to a decrease in the number of pregnancies conceived in women with RA and SLE

There is still more research to come regarding medications and reproductive health.