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Dr. John Goldman
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Do many women with lupus have problems with their menstrual cycles?

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

Some do: Some people can notice a change of lupus symptoms with their cycle. Each person is different and some do and some do not. You have to pay attention to your pattern and if you see things that flare your lupus, tell you doctor. Pregnancy has been associated with flares in some people. We are careful to watch for that and peopel are followed by high risk OB as part of that monitoring. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Jane van Dis
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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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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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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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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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Dr. William Boelter
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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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Dr. John Nesbitt
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Can taking metronidazole to treat trich affect menstrual cycles?

Can taking metronidazole to treat trich affect menstrual cycles?

Maybe: while yor menstrual cycle should not be affected by metronidazole, antibiotics my affect your birth control pills, rendering them less effective. So if you period is late, you might consider a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Dr. Cynthia Frazier
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Do hormone changes associated with menstrual cycles affect people with bipolar more?

Do hormone changes associated with menstrual cycles affect people with bipolar more?

Anytime : you have two things causing mood changes happening simultaneously you can have an additive effect on mood. ...Read more

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Definition)

Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more


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