Reproductive Health Initiative


The ACR Reproductive Health Initiative (RHI) is a multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder initiative, that supports the dissemination and implementation of scientifically sound information to address the unmet needs in the treatment and management of fertility, pregnancy, and lactation in those affected by autoimmune and systemic inflammatory diseases.

The RHI’s inaugural Reproductive Health & Rheumatic Disease Symposium was held in May 2022. Experts in reproductive rheumatology gathered virtually and shared current research, presented case studies, discussed future needs in the field, and made connections.

Reproductive Health Guideline

The American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Management of Health in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases was published in February 2020.

The evidence-based guideline includes contraceptive recommendations and suggestions for rheumatologists co-managing patients with obstetrician-gynecologists (OBGYNs) and other specialists.

RHI Tool Kits

Educational Tool Kits are available for PsA & Reproductive Health and SLE & Reproductive Health to educate prescribing providers, such as MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs, PharmD, and other providers. The tool kits include PowerPoint presentations, facilitator guides, handouts, and more.

Exploring Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) & Reproductive Health Tool Kit

Navigating Reproductive Health in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Tool Kit

Online Education About Reproductive Health

ACR offers complimentary continuing education activities (CME and MOC) on reproductive health and rheumatic disease.

Navigating Reproductive Health in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Exploring PsA & Reproductive Health: Case by Case

Lupus and Pregnancy Virtual Clinic

Reproductive Health Videos

Watch reproductive health videos on important topics for health care providers and patients, including pregnancy and medication, pregnancy and rheumatic disease, contraception, and more.

Pregnancy Planning with PsA

Conversations for Providers and Patients

Conversations About Contraception

Conversations for Providers, Patients, Partners

Lupus and Pregnancy

Conversations for Providers and Patients

Neonatal Lupus

Pregnancy-Compatible Medications

Managing Risk of Flares with Your Care Team

Pre-Pregnancy & Pregnancy Planning with Lupus

Reproductive Health Webinar

In recognition of Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month (RDAM), the ACR’s Simple Tasks Campaign hosted a webinar on reproductive health and rheumatic disease for patients, health professionals, media, and the public. Expert rheumatologists and patient advocates discussed family planning, how to navigate pregnancy, parenting with a rheumatic disease, and tips for the reproductive health journey.

Explore RDAM resources and watch the reproductive health and rheumatic disease webinar recording.

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