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Contraception methods used by women with rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis

In Clinical Rheumatology, Leverenz et al. report a study in which they investigated contraceptive methods used in young women with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) and correlated the efficacy of the contraceptive methods with the use of concomitant rheumatic medications. Of the 164 women included, women with RA and PsA reported similar utilization of highly effective contraception methods and effective methods, but different utilization of ineffective methods and no methods. These proportions remained similar across subgroups taking methotrexate, anti-TNF biologics, and novel medications. Women with PsA were more likely to report no methods of contraception.

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