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I'm curious about a few fertility studies I've stumbled upon online. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 5 years, after going gluten free (blood test confirmed celiac disease) I unexpectedly conceived in June but miscarried (we'd given up it was possible). I've suspected in the past I was getting pregnant, but losing the pregnancies before they had a chance to progress to the point of dectection.

A long story short, I have other autoimmune problems and have just begun prednisone and am finally feeling GREAT! (YAY!!!)

I've read prednisone has helped women with autoimmune problems (who've had infertility/miscarriages) - sometimes using heparin or aspirin in conjunction with the predisone. I'd love to hear from anyone whose done this and if they had any success. I'm going in to see my gyn this Monday.

My rheumatologist has told me it 'might' help my case. Here's hoping! For anyone curious here are two links I stumbled on with some info on the treatments:

http://www.rialab.com/miscarriages_immunotherapy.php

http://www.fertilethoughts.com/forums/view...?pg=medications

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I'm curious about a few fertility studies I've stumbled upon online. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 5 years, after going gluten free (blood test confirmed celiac disease) I unexpectedly conceived in June but miscarried (we'd given up it was possible). I've suspected in the past I was getting pregnant, but losing the pregnancies before they had a chance to progress to the point of dectection.

A long story short, I have other autoimmune problems and have just begun prednisone and am finally feeling GREAT! (YAY!!!)

I've read prednisone has helped women with autoimmune problems (who've had infertility/miscarriages) - sometimes using heparin or aspirin in conjunction with the predisone. I'd love to hear from anyone whose done this and if they had any success. I'm going in to see my gyn this Monday.

My rheumatologist has told me it 'might' help my case. Here's hoping! For anyone curious here are two links I stumbled on with some info on the treatments:

http://www.rialab.com/miscarriages_immunotherapy.php

http://www.fertilethoughts.com/forums/view...?pg=medications

After 4+ years of trying and having done every imaginable test from which only minor auto-immune issues were discovered (highish natural killer cells and suspect clotting issues) and a miscarriage (that was due to a chromosomally defective embryo) when I fell pg naturally I was given both prednisone (25mg) and clexane (similar to heparin). I took the prednisone until 15 weeks and the clexane throughout the whole pregnancy.

Steroids and blood thinners (or aspirin) are commonly used for immune issues.

Best to you!

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I was on Prednisone for over a year for the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (spleen kills blood platelets). I started out at very high dose of 100mg/day, and worked down to 5mg a day in about 3 months, where I stayed for the rest of the year.

The reason that Prednisone works is because it shuts down your immune system. It has very high risks associated with it - long term adrenal damage, possible blood clotting (I suppose the heparin/asprin would help with that), and higher risk of illness and infection. It messes with your hormones, your thyroid, etc., some of which may be irreversible. It causes yeast issues. Etc. I gained over 30 pounds, had terrible back aches, got Cushingold (round fat face), ran completely out of energy at 3pm every day, was in a rage most of the time whenever I was not crying, etc. Now maybe I'm just one of those folks who experiences all the side effects of things - it is true that I'm sensitive -and I'm sure you're examining the risks - but Prednisone is a very serious drug with very serious down-sides.

Take care and best of luck!

Sherri

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