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Autoimmunity & Infertility

Medically reviewed by Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS - Written by CHR Staff - Updated on Nov 15, 2014

Causes

Unfortunately, autoimmune diseases remain among the most poorly understood illnesses. It is thought that hormones play a role in inducing autoimmune diseases; some cases suddenly improve during pregnancy, others flare up during, or after pregnancy. Research also suggests that certain autoimmune diseases like thyroid disease and rheumatoid arthritis may be associated with early menopause.

CHR Explains

Autoimmune diseases also show a strong hereditary component, but mysteriously, can cluster in families as different conditions. For example, a mother may have lupus erythematosus; her daughter, scleroderma and her grandmother, rheumatoid arthritis. Ongoing research is attempting to shed more light on genetic, hormonal and environmental risk factors that contribute to the occurrences of autoimmune diseases.

Common Examples of Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases which affect the nervous systemAutoimmune diseases which affect the gastrointestinal tract
Multiple sclerosis (MD Link)Crohn's Disease (MD Link)
Myasthenia Gravis, (MD Link)Ulcerative Colitis(MD Link)
Autoimmune NeuropathiesPrimary Biiliary Cirrhosis (MD Link)
Guillain-BarreAutoimmune Hepatitis (MD Link)
Autoimmune Ureitis (MD Link)



Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS

Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS

Norbert Gleicher, MD, leads CHR’s clinical and research efforts as Medical Director and Chief Scientist. A world-renowned specialist in reproductive endocrinology, Dr. Gleicher has published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers and lectured globally while keeping an active clinical career focused on ovarian aging, immunological issues and other difficult cases of infertility.