An autoimmune disease may result when the immune system launches an attack on the body’s own organs and/or tissues. Autoimmune diseases can affect almost any area of the body. There are more than 80 known autoimmune diseases, and some (but not all) affect women disproportionately more than men.
- Autoimmune Diseases Consumer Fact Sheet
- Autoimmune Diseases Chapter in The Savvy Woman Patient
- Sex and Gender-Specific Environmental Exposures and Mechanisms in Autoimmune Diseases (Roundtable, October 2012)
- The War Within: Women and Autoimmunity (Briefing, October 2011)
- News Service Articles on this Topic
- SWHR, National Women’s Health Resource Center. Autoimmune diseases in women . 2002:1-11.
- SWHR, Morton CC, Fagan T. Proceedings from understanding the biology ofsex differences: scientific advisory meeting: sex differences inimmunology & autoimmunity . 2001 Nov 8:1-36.
- “The Autoimmune Connection: Essential Information for Women on Diagnosis, Treatment, and Getting on with Your Life,” Rita Baron-Faust, M.P.H., Jill P. Buyon. M.D., 2003