Conceiving with Sero-negative Arthropathy


Dear Midwife,
I am a young Sero-negative Arthropathy suffer and my husband and I are trying to fall pregnant. We are trying to find out as much as we can about the effects this disease has on the chances of falling pregnant.

Just to make this even more difficult when I was 16, my gynecologist said I had polycystic ovaries even though they found no cysts when I had ultrasounds. I was put on the pill and had been taking it up until July this year.

We have had no luck yet in conceiving so what can we do to increase the chances?


You may need to go on medication to treat the polycystic ovaries (and perhaps lose weight) in order to conceive. You should talk to a gynecologist to make a plan.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.