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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?

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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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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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