Joint Effort – Spring 2023

RA and Family Planning: Understanding the Partner Perspective.
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The decision to have a baby is a big one. Throw a serious disease like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) into the equation and starting a family can feel overwhelming.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects more women than men and often strikes during childbearing years. Due to the debilitating nature of this disease, partners of patients often take on supportive roles.

According to new research, more resources are needed to support women living with this disease, as well as their partners, in family planning and making reproductive decisions. “Despite advances in treatment, studies exploring pregnancy experiences of patients with inflammatory arthritis have revealed barriers related to pregnancy planning support, information availability, and care coordination among patients’ health care teams”, said Dr. Mary De Vera, a scientist at Arthritis Research Canada.

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Louise Bergeron, Arthritis Advocacy

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