Autoimmunity & Infertility

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. Yet, others may flare up only after menopause.

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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 system Autoimmune diseases which affect the gastrointestinal tract
Multiple sclerosis (MD Link) Crohn's Disease (MD Link)
Myasthenia Gravis, (MD Link) Ulcerative Colitis(MD Link)
Autoimmune Neuropathies Primary Biiliary Cirrhosis (MD Link)
Guillain-Barre Autoimmune Hepatitis (MD Link)
Autoimmune Ureitis (MD Link)  

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Last Updated: November 15, 2014

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