Reproductive Health Initiative

The ACR Reproductive Health Initiative (RHI) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder initiative, created to support 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 merged the 2020 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Management of Health in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases and the March 2015 ACR Reproductive Health Summit recommendations.

The RHI’s inaugural Reproductive Health & Rheumatic Disease Symposium was held in May 2022. Experts in reproductive rheumatology gathered virtually to share current research, present case studies, discuss future needs in the field, and connect with each other.

Reproductive Health Guideline

The 2020 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 (OB/GYNs) and other specialists.

RHI Highlights

In recognition of Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month (RDAM), the ACR and its Simple Tasks Campaign hosted a webinar on reproductive health and rheumatic disease for patients, health professionals, media, and the public. This webinar featured expert rheumatologists and patient advocates discussing family planning, navigating pregnancy and parenting with a rheumatic disease, and practical tips for your reproductive health journey.

Explore RDAM resources and watch the recording.

RHI Tool Kits

Educational Tool Kits are available for PsA & Reproductive Health and SLE & Reproductive Health. These tool kits include PowerPoint presentations, facilitator's guides, handouts, and more.

Online Educational Activities

Explore complimentary continuing education activities on reproductive health and rheumatic disease in the ACR’s Learning Center. The ACR designates each of the below activities for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Video Resources

Explore the ACR’s reproductive health video resources, which cover important topics for healthcare providers and patients, including pregnancy and medication, pregnancy and rheumatic disease, contraception, and more.

Additional Resources

In addition to the 2020 ACR Reproductive Health Guideline, there are many resources to support providers and patients as they navigate their reproductive health journey while living with rheumatic disease.

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