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Doctor insights on: Can Lupus Affect Menstrual Cycles

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Do many women with lupus have problems with their menstrual cycles?

Yes: The disease, if severe, can disrupt menstrual cycles. (nature's way of saying if your sick, don't get pregnant.) steroids can also causes irregular menses. So you have two causes, the disease and/or treatment. One final point. Thyroiditis (which causes hypothyroidism) and grave's disease disease, which causes high thyroid levels, occur more frequently in sle. They can both causes menstrual probs! ...Read more

Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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Why do I have a lupus flare during my menstrual cycle most of the time? Also my p.O.T.S symptoms worsen during this time how can I help this?

Why do I have a lupus flare during my menstrual cycle most of the time? Also my p.O.T.S symptoms worsen during this time how can I help this?

Inflammation: Lupus and the pre-menstrual phase of the cycle are both known for being states of increased inflammation, so it makes sense that you might have this and notice it during your menstrual cycle. I would speak with your rheumatologist regarding medications that are safe to take to diminish the flare symptoms, as some anti-inflammatories are harmful for kidneys. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have lupus and i get so tired when it's time for my menstrual cycle?

See below: Some patients with autoimmune diseases report feeling worse before the start of the menstrual cycle. Some think it is because immune system is at its lowest level---i.E complements are low right before the start of the cycle. ...Read more

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I have stable lupus.My urine often shows 1+ or moderate blood but no RBC. No my my menstrual cycle. My MD said he'll monitor. Possible causes?

I have stable lupus.My urine often shows 1+ or moderate blood but no RBC. No my my menstrual cycle. My MD said he'll monitor. Possible causes?

Nephritis: Lupus is known to cause inflammation in the kidney and that can result in blood in urine. It is good that you are under the care of a doctor. You may consult this site and address the matter with your doctor.
http://www.lupus.org/answers/entry/lupus-and-kidneys ...Read more

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Good Day, I have abnormal menstrual cycles, I sometimes miss a month or two. And when I do get it, it last for 2 or 3 days, sometimes 4 maximum. I haven't ever been for a papsmear test

Good Day,

I have abnormal menstrual cycles, I sometimes miss a month or two. And when I do get it, it last for 2 or 3 days, sometimes 4 maximum.
I haven't ever been for a papsmear test

Reinforced my RX: I had 29 years old, black, moderately obese female, with extremely heavy and irregular bleeding requiring blood transfusions. She had been to many physicians wihtout success. Her thyroid work was normal. I did pelvic US and small calcification in pelvic cavity lead me to do laparoscopy. 1cm dermoid was removed, which had struma ovarii. Cured her. Before thyroidectomy, dermoid should be ruled out ...Read more

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Does weight have any effect on menstrual cycles?

Definitely: Being over weight - OR underweight - is one of the most common reasons for irregular menstrual cycles in women. That said, the more over or underweight the woman is the more likely it will cause a problem. Being within 10-15 pounds is probably not going to cause any disruptions. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why did I have two menstrual cycles in one month ? , the fourth & twenty ninth

May be normal: menstrual flow every 21-35 days apart is normal. So if you started on the 4th and then again on the 29th=25 days apart which is ok. Women have fluctuations in their bleeding pattern every once in a while. ...Read more

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Is there any truth in the statement that menstrual cycles and seasons have an effect on our moods ?

Is there any truth in the statement that menstrual cycles and seasons have an effect on our moods ?

Yes and maybe: Cycles - for sure! most women experience mood changes during their cycle.
As far as season, both men and women can have mood changes with season, especially in areas where light is limited. ...Read more

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Could cefuroxime affect menstrual cycles?

Not likely: The antibiotic should not affect your cycle, that being said, any antibiotic could affect a cycle. I e, why was it being used? ...Read more

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Can Abilify (aripiprazole) change menstrual cycles?

Can Abilify (aripiprazole) change menstrual cycles?

It is possible.: Abilify (aripiprazole) use has been associated with amenorrhea (periods stop), vaginal hemorrhage & menorrhagia (prolonged / heavy menstrual bleeding). ...Read more

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How long could chemo affect menstrual cycles in teens?

It can be longtime: Chemotherapy can stop the ovary from making eggs leading to irregular or no menses. This usually lasts for about one year or less.. But some kids take 2-3 years before the periods return. So i would be patient and ask advice from your oncologist who gave you chemotherapy in the first place. ...Read more

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Bad headaches during menstrual cycles. What can this be?

Bad headaches during menstrual cycles. What can this be?

Menstrual migraine: Compared to other migraine attacks, menstrual migraines are more severe and last longer, and are more resistant to standard acute and prophylactic management. Associated symptoms of menstrual migraine include depression or irritability, fatigue, bloating and breast tenderness. Rec. see orofacial pain or headache specialist, . ...Read more

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Can heavy irregular menstrual cycles cause memory problems?

Should not cause: That unless you are losing so much blood that you would be so severe anemic and not getting enough blood to the brain which would be extremely rare , you need to be evaluated for other causes of memory loss, please see a neurologist for that and you need to see your gyn to treat the irregular heavy period, no reason to suffer with that. ...Read more

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Can menstrual cycles and due dates for childbirth be similar?

Am not sure of ?: Due dates are typically calculated based on a woman's last menstrual period, with the assumption that she has 28 day cycles. The due date is actually set at 38 weeks from the day of conception, which in a 28 day cycle would be 40 weeks from the last period. Ovulation ideally occurs ~ 2 weeks before a period, so in a woman with long cycles, ~34d, she would ovulate on ~day 20. ...Read more

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Can propofol exposure cause changes in your menstrual cycles?

Can propofol exposure cause changes in your menstrual cycles?

Menstrual changes: Propofol does not directly affect your menstrual cycles but the stress of surgery many times affects your menstrual cycle for that month. ...Read more

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Can intercourse lengthen the days between menstrual cycles? Normal?

Can intercourse lengthen the days between menstrual cycles? Normal?

No it can't unless: Unless you are a healthy woman, engage in unprotected sexual-genital intercourse with a fertile man and get pregnant, it is highly unlikely and very improbable that intercourse will "lengthen the days between your menstrual cycles". ...Read more

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In what ways are menstrual cycles and due dates for childbirth similar?

40 weeks: The due date is calculated as 40 weeks from the beginning on the last menstrual period. ...Read more

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How can I prevent embarrassing accidents in school with random menstrual cycles?

Options: You can discuss with your doctor about some of the contraceptive options available that can make your cycles light or nearly nonexistent the other thing you could do is wear a light pad everyday if that doesn't irritate you. ...Read more

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What are odd of conception after 45. Do menstrual cycles become lighter and shorter?

Sorry very slim: At age 45 chances of conception are near zero, sorry to say. More exactly, for over 99.9/100 women the chances ARE zero, though a very small number of pregnancies have happened. Pregnancies absolutely occurred up to 47; no one "knows" for sure how late in life a woman can conceive. I've read cases reported up to 58; I'm not certain how well proven these are. ...Read more

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After the start of menstrual cycles, does the girl child stop growing taller in height?

Still grows but...: Menarche, start of menstruation, follows growth spurt. Girls continue to grow, 3-5 inches more. ...Read more

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I just had a unilateral laparoscopic oophorectomy done. How will my menstrual cycles be now?

I just had a unilateral laparoscopic oophorectomy done. How will my menstrual cycles be now?

Normal: The stress of surgery or removal of a cyst may throw off the first cycle, but then you should return to a normal monthly pattern. As long as you have one healthy ovary, you will ovulate once a month. You will go through menopause at the same age you would have if you had 2 ovaries. ...Read more

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Heard percocet has something in it that can cause irregular menstrual cycles. Any truth to that?

Possibly: Opioids in general can cause endocrine disturbances including irregular menses, low sex hormones due to their effects on the pituitary gland function. So there can be other problems besides menstrual like fertility.You need to be aware that Percocet is a combination of an opioid, oxycodone and Acetaminophen or tylenol (acetaminophen). Tylenol (acetaminophen) in moderately high doses over time can cause liver damage, . ...Read more

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If i recently started having regular menstrual cycles at 17 does it mean im done with puberty now ?

If i recently started having regular menstrual cycles at 17 does it mean im done with puberty now ?

? started menses: Pubertal hormonal and growth changes continue for about 2-3years after the onset of menses. So if you just started menstruating at 17 (that would be king of late) then puberty wouldn't be complete until around 20. However, if your periods started when you were 14-15, even if they weren't regular at that time, then you are indeed nearing the end of pubertal development. ...Read more