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    Default Jay, 28 yr old male diagnosed with SLE & nephritis

    Hello all,
    My name is jay and I'm 28 from Kentucky. I had been previosly been diagnosed with SLE but after undergoing a kidney biopsy, the doctors have diagnosed me with Nephritis. I've been taking Plaquenil for 11 days now and are just waiting to get the medicine built up in my system so I can see results. Found out today that the doctors are starting me on cytoxin of 200mg/ day and upping my prednisone dosage to 40 mg/day. Does anyone have any advice as to what side affects they experienced by taking cytoxin an if it affected fertility. My wife and I have been trying to get pregnant and didn't know if we needed to save sperm and try at a later date or if this small dose of chemo would affect me. I'm new to all of this but just trying to hit it all head on. Yea, it sucks that I have lupus at such a young age but I know I've got the right team of doctor working with me! Thanks in advance for the support and encouragement

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    Hi and welcome to WHL! We are really glad you found us. That is a great question and the answers you find are going to be mixed. Most will tell you it is ok. It this is really something you want to talk to the doctor about. It is really important you have his input . It is dangerous to take during pregnancy (which isn't an issue for a male) but it has been known to reduce fertility although much of that can be reversed with meds.

    Here are a few links that may help

    (scroll down to the part about fertility)

    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    ~Winston Churchill~

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