3 posts tagged “irregular menstrual periods”

Lupus and period problems, explained

Posted 11 months ago by

Are you living with lupus (SLE) and experiencing problems with your monthly period? (Like, not getting it. Or having a really heavy, long period.) And have you ever wondered how lupus might play a role in this? Read on.

What does the research show?

Small studies have found that people with SLE are at greater risk of menstrual irregularities compared to the general/healthy population. The greatest type of irregularity appears to be sustained amenorrhoea (long-term absence of a period). Some people with SLE experience premature menopause.

These factors may increase the risk of period irregularities:

Young people (17 and under) with juvenile SLE also experience period irregularity and hormone abnormalities, research has shown.

If you’re not getting your period (at any age), tell your doctor and ask how your lupus, treatments and other factors (such as menopause or any other health conditions you may have, like polycystic ovary syndrome) could be affecting “Aunt Flo.”

If you are getting a heavy or prolonged period, it’s also important to talk with your doctor and get checked for anemia, which is already a common problem in people with lupus.

Some women find it helpful to track their period (or lack thereof) on paper or in an app (like one of these) so you can keep close tabs on your cycle.

Period talk on PatientsLikeMe

In our community forums, no issue is taboo. Join PatientsLikeMe or log in to access the following links. Some members have asked about lupus and periods in the forums, including whether some medications may cause irregular or stopped periods and how to manage heavy periods and flares during menstruation.

“I realized that menstruation can cause your body to really go bananas with your lupus,” one member says.

Members have also discussed the related topics of lupus and pregnancypelvic pain and menopause.

Any period issues (or helpful hints) you’d like to discuss? Sign in to connect with the lupus community (36K+ members) and talk about this topic or any other aspect of life with SLE.


Write a Love/Hate Letter to Your Thyroid for Thyroid Awareness Month

Posted January 7th, 2013 by

Do you love your thyroid?  Do you hate it?  Or more importantly, do you even know where it is?

A small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck (just below the Adam’s apple), the thyroid influences the function of the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin.  That’s why it’s so important to know if you have a thyroid problem – especially if you’re a woman.  Women are five times more likely than men to suffer from hypothyroidism, which occurs when the gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone for the body to function properly.  Hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, miscarriages, forgetfulness, irregular menstrual periods and numerous other symptoms.

Dear Thyroid

In honor of Thyroid Awareness Month this January, we wanted to spotlight Dear Thyroid, a website that encourages literary self-expression from thyroid patients, including patients with lesser known thyroid conditions such as thyroid cancer, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and hyperthyroidism.  The slogan is “Healing Our Thyroids One Letter at a Time, As Many as It Takes,” and each love/hate letter is displayed with retro and pinup artwork as “subversive” yet “iconic images of perfect health and beauty.”  Got a few things you’d like to say to your thyroid?  Write them down today and experience how good it feels to let it all out!  (Read Dear Thyroid’s submission details.)

Another source of relief comes from finding people who truly understand what you’re going through – namely, other patients like you.  Connect with the more than 3,500 patients with hypothyroidism at PatientsLikeMe today and see how they are managing their condition.  How many of them are taking Levothyroxine (branded as Synthroid, Levoxyl, Levothroid and more), a synthetic form of the human hormone thyroxine?  And how do they rate the effectiveness, side effects, cost and more?  Dig into our in-depth treatment evaluations to learn from real-world patient experiences with this common hypothyroidism medication.