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ACR readies first-ever guidelines on managing reproductive health in rheumatology

MDedge reported that HSS rheumatologist Lisa R. Sammaritano, MD, presented forthcoming guidelines on the management of reproductive health in patients with rheumatic conditions at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Meeting.

"Our patients, fortunately, are pursuing pregnancy more often now than in years past. One of the key messages of the guidelines is that patients really do want to discuss these topics with their rheumatologist, even though that often does not happen now. What patients told us [in the guideline-development process] is their rheumatologist knows them better than their gynecologist or any of their other doctors because we have followed them for a long period of time and we understand their disease and their symptoms. They really want our input on questions about contraception, when to plan a pregnancy and medication use," said Dr. Sammaritano.

According to the article, the guidelines were created with extensive input from gynecologists and patients.

Read the full article at mdedge.com.