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

Dr. John Goldman
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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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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Dr. Adam Levy
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Dr. Jane van Dis
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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?

Dr. Jane van Dis
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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?

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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Is it common to get lupus flares while starting the menstrual cycle?

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Is it common to get lupus flares while starting the  menstrual cycle?

For some yes: Yes, it can happen and I have seen it in my patients. ...Read more

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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?

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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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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Seen in urgicare for cough/sob-blood work showed WBC 4.2, hgb 10.8, RDW 16, RBC 3.99 those r abnormal; I have lupus, only on plaquenil is this concern also just finished menstrual cycle 3 days ago?

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Seen in urgicare for cough/sob-blood work showed WBC 4.2, hgb 10.8, RDW 16, RBC 3.99 those r abnormal; I have lupus, only on plaquenil is this concern also just finished menstrual cycle 3 days ago?

See below: Lupus and viral infections can cause a low white blood cell and 4.2 is not worrisome. Your anemia needs to be addressed and if you are having heavy menstrual cycles you will need to see your gyn. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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How long could chemo affect menstrual cycles in teens?

Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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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?

Dr. William Boelter
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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. Patrice Hirning
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Do the hormone changes associated with menstrual cycles affect people with mood disorders more severely?

Dr. Patrice Hirning
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Do the hormone changes associated with menstrual cycles affect people with mood disorders more severely?

Hormones and mood: Yes hormonal changes can have a greater effect in women with underlying mood disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. John Nesbitt
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Can taking metronidazole to treat trich affect menstrual cycles?

Dr. John Nesbitt
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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?

Dr. Cynthia Frazier
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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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