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Do many women with lupus have problems with their menstrual cycles?
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Thomas Namey
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
In brief: Especially on steroi
Especially if on steroids.
High doses can have an adverse effect on menstrual cycles. Also, sle is associated with higher incidence of thyroiditis. This can cause hypothyroidism, with excessive menstruation. And the opposite, grave's disease with excess thyroid activity, occurs more frequently in sle, and will diminish cycles. So sle, itself, or associated problems can cause menstrual problems.

In brief: Especially on steroi
Especially if on steroids.
High doses can have an adverse effect on menstrual cycles. Also, sle is associated with higher incidence of thyroiditis. This can cause hypothyroidism, with excessive menstruation. And the opposite, grave's disease with excess thyroid activity, occurs more frequently in sle, and will diminish cycles. So sle, itself, or associated problems can cause menstrual problems.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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