Like many autoimmune disorders, lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) disproportionately affects women during their childbearing years. Lupus is one of more than 80 autoimmune illnesses that affect an estimated 23 million people in the US — and nearly 350 million people worldwide. If you have lupus or another autoimmune illness and you’re planning to have kids, it’s safest to think ahead.
About 90% of people with lupus are biologically female, and the disease tends to begin between the ages of 15 and 35.Jone Mark
How might pregnancy affect my illness?
Years ago, people with lupus or other autoimmune disorders were advised to avoid pregnancy. The thinking was that it was simply too risky for mother and fetus. That’s no longer true: in most cases, following expert guidelines now available can make a successful pregnancy possible.
Will I need to change my treatment before pregnancy?
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This depends on which medicines you take and how well controlled your illness is. Good control for at least three to six months before getting pregnant is ideal. An unplanned pregnancy can put both you and the pregnancy at risk.