The diagnoses of subfertility included 41% that were unexplained, 27% anovulation, 16% male subfertility and 6% endometriosis.
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“Unexplained subfertility and anovulation are the most common diagnoses in subfertile female RA patients,” Dr. Brouwer said. Unexplained subfertility especially “is diagnosed more often than in the general subfertile population. Therefore, it is likely that RA-related factors, such as severity of the disease, inflammation, and the use of anti-rheumatic drugs, are involved in subfertility in women with RA.”
Thomas R. Collins is a freelance medical writer based in Florida.
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