Lupus, Fertility and Pregnancy

Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is a disorder that affects how the body's immune system reacts to the skin, heart, lungs, jointsand brain and various other organs. The immune system attacks the bodyleading to a constant state of inflammation. ... read more »

Topical Corticosteroids and Pregnancy Outcomes

  Researchers recently completed a study based on the population of the United Kingdom in an effort to find out whether topical corticosteroid use by pregnant women increased risk of negative pregnancy outcomes.  ... read more »

Corticosteroids During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about corticosteroids and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Are they safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Early Birth Could Lead to Increased Risk of Early Death

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals that children born before 37 weeks gestation have an increased risk of early death during early childhood and early adulthood compared to children born full-term. The study included more than 600,000 children born from 1973 to 1976 in Sweden. ... read more »

Cortisol (Plasma, Serum) During Pregnancy

Cortisol is a steroid hormone. The hormone is produced by and released from the adrenal gland. Cortisol levels increase in blood if a patient is taking estrogen or certain steroid medications. ... read more »

Aldosterone (Serum or Plasma) During Pregnancy

Aldosterone is a steroid hormone found in the adrenal gland. The steroid works to control potassium and sodium ' having a direct impact on blood pressure. Patients with high blood pressure may be given medications to alter how aldosterone works in the body. ... read more »

Effects of Steroids on Genome Expression of Preterm Infants

Steroids are prescribed to some women during pregnancy to treat potential preterm delivery. Researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway recently published a study spanning two years on the possible short and long-term side effects on genome expression. ... read more »

Pre-Screening for Uterine Killer Cells in Recurrent Miscarriage Patients

A study recently published in the journal Human Reproduction addresses the viability of pre-screening women with a history of recurrent miscarriage with no known cause for high uterine killer cells. A total of 160 women were pre-screened for the trial. ... read more »

Prenatal Exposure to Glucocorticoids: Risk of Mental Health Issues

Obstetricians commonly administer a certain steroid to pregnant women expected to give birth prematurely, but a new study shows this medication may increase the child's risk for behavioral and emotional problems later in life. ... read more »

New Asthma Treatment Available for Pregnant Women

Asthma is one of the more difficult health problems to control during pregnancy. Doctors need to control exacerbations, but they also want to reduce the amount of medication taken by pregnant women and thus the fetus. ... read more »

Allergies in Pregnancy - What's Safe?

Women who suffer from allergies may find that they get better, stay the same, or feel even worse in pregnancy — each individual's response is different. ... read more »

The Danger of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs During Pregnancy

When a friend of mine became pregnant last year, I was very happy for her and her husband. It was their first baby and they were so excited, especially because she was told she might never have children due to also having inactive Lupus. ... read more »

Anti-Sperm Antibodies

Anti-sperm antibodies are protein molecules made by the woman's or man's body that are attracted to a specific site on the sperm and interfere with the sperms’s activity. ... read more »

Eczema: Are Steroid Treatments Safe During Pregnancy?

If you are being treated with steroids for eczema and find out you are pregnant, there are certain steps that should be taken to ensure the safety of the fetus. ... read more »

Steroids Not Safe for Treatment of CAH

CAH, or congenital adrenal hyperplasia, is a condition where otherwise female fetuses can be born intersex, with male genitals or with a male-sided brain. ... read more »

Prenatal Exposure to a Prescription Drug Linked to Diabetes

A friend of mine has had diabetes since she was four years old. While the condition is totally manageable with the help of modern technology and food science, it is still a major inconvenience in her life. ... read more »