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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

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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Schedule regular clinic visits with rheumatologist & don't miss them
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Take all of your medications every day. Discuss changes with rheum doc.
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Avoid unprotected sun exposure. Wear SPF30+ and a hat everyday.
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Get plenty of rest every day -- fatigue can trigger flares
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I have lupus and i get so tired when it's time for my menstrual cycle?

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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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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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Eat a well-balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
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Engage in low-impact exercise such as walking, bicycling, and swimming
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Limit time in the sun and use sunscreen
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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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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Get plenty of rest and sleep, which is when the body repairs itself
at bedtime
Exercise to inc. joint flexibility,improve muscle tone,inc bone strnth
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Use sunblock every single day—even when it’s cloudy.
yearly
Rashes persist, check with your doc about possible meds to use
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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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