Subject: Re: trying to concieve while on methotraxe
I too was on Methotrexate for RA and we wanted to start a family @ 36 years of age.
My Doctor advised i stop Methotrexate for a whole year before trying for a baby. Another Doctor said he has had patients who took MTX and had babys without any problems. Others say come off it for only 6 months... its all confusing.
I came off the drug for one year and tried for a kiddie but the MTX had damaged my sperm and it took another 3 years and IVF to finally get my wife pregnant. Only have 3 weeks to go till Henry is born :-)
Everything i have read says MTX can damage and kill the baby so i thought it best not too even try with this drug in my system.
To cope with the pain i just took painkillers and steriods.
I mentioned to my Doctor that they should ask people if they want children before being placed on these drugs so that we can have our sperm etc frozen just like people do with cancer.. she thought it a good idea.
This lets you start the drug and also means you dont need to stop taking it.. my joints became damaged whilst not taking it.
The only down side is that your partner has to go through hormone injections and other things which arent to pleasant.