Auto-Immune diseases, Contraception and Reproduction
ESC Congress Library. Lazaris D. 05/10/18; 214392
Assoc. Prof. Dimitrios P. Lazaris
Assoc. Prof. Dimitrios P. Lazaris

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Learning Objectives
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1. To understand the pathophysiology of auto-immune diseases and the mechanisms by which they injure the human organs as well as pregnancies through "inflammation", "thrombosis" etc.
2. To explain the female predominance of high immune reactions present in auto-immune diseases due to the additional stimulation caused by "estrogens" which results to "idiopathic infertility", longer TTP, "recurrent spontaneous abortions" (Reproductive Immune Failure Syndrome) but also pregnancy related complications and long term negative impact on the offsprings' health.
3. To present the contraceptive method indicated for each specific auto-immune condition as well as the cases where contraceptives (as well as assisted reproduction) are contraindicated due to the increased risk of thrombosis.
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