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Are women with fibromyalgia less likely to get pregnant?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
A study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain found that women with fibromyalgia are less likely to have a baby. This study compared the number of children born to women with a painful jaw condition called temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) but no fibromyalgia, women with TMD plus fibromyalgia, and healthy women without pain issues.

Women with fibromyalgia had 10% fewer pregnancies than either the TMD women without fibromyalgia or the pain-free women. The percentage of women who had never been pregnant was also highest in women with fibromyalgia:
  • 36% of the women with fibromyalgia had never been pregnant.
  • 31% with TMD but no fibromyalgia had never been pregnant.
  • 27% of the healthy women had never been pregnant.
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