For anyone with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the pain of daily life can be unbearable. Add in the pain and side effects of IVF drugs, and you have a recipe for extra pain.
Dr Kshitiz Murdia explains that some RA patients feel much worse off than their counterparts with no chronic illness
The same is true for Sambhavna Seth. She is speaking up about her struggles with failed IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) cycles. Now, she is suffering from more pain from her RA, an autoimmune condition she has also faced in the past.
She recently posted an emotional video on her YouTube channel that has now racked up 16 lakh views. It seems a lot of people can relate to her struggles.
In the video, the actor and TV personality told her fans that she has joint pain and swelling in the mornings
This was triggered by her IVF hormone injections, which were sadly unsuccessful. Seth also told her viewers that she was fat-shamed for gaining weight as she was injecting “so many medicines every day.” Her husband, actor and writer Avinash Dwivedi has also explained that he felt “helpless” watching her go through the painful injections and side effects.
He said, “her body goes through so many changes as well as mood shifts. Her normal life goes for a toss in that one month (of the IVF cycle). But she is determined to try it again and again.”
RA can really affect a woman’s chances of getting pregnant
A 2019 study in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases showed that women with RA were 22% less likely to get pregnant than other women when undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatment.
According to Dr Kshitiz Murdia, CEO and co-founder of Indira IVF, this is a real problem. “Sub-fertility in such individuals can be linked to an imbalance of the female hormones, especially oestrogen, hence, declining ovarian function. The pain, fatigue and medication side effects can indeed make conception complex for some RA patients compared to their healthy counterparts.”
“Although there is a small chance of miscarriage or low birth weight in certain RA patients, the great majority of pregnancies are uncomplicated and usual.”
It’s likely that the stress of IVF led to Seth’s RA episode
Dr Gowri Kulkarni explains that some women undergoing IVF treatment may feel under stress and anxiety. “Those who are already suffering from pre-existing health issues such as RA may show exacerbation of the symptoms. Hence, it is important for women to seek help to cope with stress and anxiety while undergoing IVF.”
We wish Sambhavna all the best and hope that her prayers are soon answered for IVF success and fewer RA symptoms.
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