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Can Birth Control Cause Lupus
Yes, but...: It takes a little bit more finesse and consultation between your OB and rheumatologist, especially if you are on steroids for treatment of your lupus. It's essential that you are a non-smoker to even consider it. Then your two docs need to put their heads together and decide what would be best. It might actually be advisable to do progesterone only solution like Depo, but I'll leave that to them. ...Read more
Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more
Not clear, depends: Some patient with lupus have abnormalities in blood clotting and birth control pills (bcps) can increase the risk for blood clots. However, for lupus patients without blood clotting problems recent studies have shown that bcps do not affect lupus activity. This is a change in thinking, as it was previously thought that bcps made lupus symptoms worse. You should discuss with your rheumatologist. ...Read more
See your doctor: It is unlikely that birth control pills would increase mild or severe flares if your lupus is stable. If your lupus affects your blood vessels (vascular disease), kidneys (nephritis), or you have antiphospholipid antibodies (which can increase the likelihood of blood clots), you should consider a non-estrogen based contraceptive, like the mini-pill, iud, condoms, or injectable (depo-provera). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 19, I have lupus, i want bigger breasts, i'm a a cup, i don't want to risk my health taking birth control for bigger breasts, what should I do ?
My girlfriend has lupus and takes a birth control shot. Can that shot or her medication reduce her ability to climax? Anyway to regain the ability?
Depends: Your girlfriend's sexual drive maybe depressed as result of medications used to treat her lupus. However, it can occur as result of birth control too. Have her talk to her doctors to see what options that can come up with for her as it depends on which medications she is taking. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Resubmit question: There is no such thing as gas lupus. Oral contraceptives as a rule should be avoided in patients with systemic lupus. ...Read more
I have lupus I've bn on many diff birth control for 17 years including Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) for 3yrs I've bn on seraquel for 10 years if i. Stop using them will it stop?
Will what stop?: Will what stop? I strongly advise all of my patients with lupus not to take oral contraceptives. In many patients with lupus there is an increased risk of blood clots. Oral contraceptives make the risk significantly greater. ...Read more
How common is hair loss after pregnancy? I'm losing large clumps daily but I'm also being tested for lupus. I gave birth 4 months ago. Cause?
I developed pots & lupus directly after my first birth of a baby that ended in a 23 week birth/placental abruption. Can i risk trying again? I want 2!
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Pill side effects: In the first 1-3 months after starting birth control pills, irregular bleeding (termed "breakthrough bleeding" is common. For almost everyone, periods become very regular and predictable after that time. Write down the dates of bleeding, keep taking the pill at the same time daily (missed pills can cause irregular bleeding), and see your doctor if it persists beyond 3 months. ...Read more
No: Cold sores on the outside of your mouth and lips are caused by a form of herpes virus, not the same one that causes genital herpes. This virus can reoccur periodically and cause the sores. It can be treated with antiviral med such as acyclovir. It is not aggravated by birth control. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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