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Can steroid tablets affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Current guidelines state that steroid tablets can be taken during pregnancy and they are often used to treat disease flares at this time.

If you're planning a family you should discuss this with your doctor beforehand, as it's important that the mother's health is maintained during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while you're on steroids, don't stop them before discussing this with your doctor.

Although small amounts of steroid could pass into the breast milk, there's no evidence that it's harmful to your baby and current guidelines advise that people can breastfeed while taking steroid tablets. You should discuss the risks with your doctor if you have any concerns.

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