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Rheumatoid Arthritis Makes Getting Pregnant Harder
Women with rheumatoid arthritis, a disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks tissue in the joints, may have a somewhat harder time becoming pregnant. A study of more than 68,000 pregnant women found that 25 percent of women with rheumatoid arthritis had tried unsuccessfully for at least a year before they finally became pregnant, whereas only 16 percent of women without the disease had needed that much time. And 10 percent of the women with RA had been treated for infertility, compared with just under 8 percent of other women.