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Trying to conceive, partner takes prednisone, was on steroids. Safe to conceive?

My husband and I are plannning on trying to conceive soon. He has ulcerative colitis and is currently taking imuran and will be taking it for the foreseeable future. He was taking prednisone also but has finished that treatment about 2 weeks ago. So he is not currently taking any steroid . Is it safe to try to conceive now or should we wait 3 months until the steroid has left his system? He was on steroids for about 4 weeks to get flare up under control. I am getting older each month so we are anxious to get started.
Mon, 1 Oct 2012
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It is ok to start to try conceive now. Steroids go off the system fairly quickly (less than a week), and in any case you - the woman - have not been on any of these medications.
Imuran takes much longer to get off the system, but this should not be stopped as it is a great medication to keep the Ulcerative colitis under control, and should not give any problems in terms of achieving pregnancy.
If your husband had to use steroids recently it means that his disease has not been completely controlled by only Imuran, and he should be considered for an additional medication (depending on his history). This should be addressed with his gastroenterologist.
Hope that helped.
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