Will Menstrual Cycles Be Affected By Lupus?
Good afternoon Dr., I was previously exposed to Autoimmune Lupus (I have checked ANA IF and Profile). The results were positive. I want to ask, will lupus sufferers in their menstrual cycle be disrupted? In the sense of not smooth, because I did not bleed as much as I usually do before I get autoimmune. Usually excruciating pain to the anus, waist, stomach. But it came out a lot … but now it’s just stomach pain and anus but it’s coming out a little.
Hello, thanks for the question.
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease caused by the immune system attacking the body's own organs, this is also called an autoimmune disease. The cause itself is actually still uncertain, can be caused by hereditary factors, the environment, or hormonal conditions that are not balanced. Inflammation that occurs due to this disease can attack all organs, such as the heart, kidneys, lungs, bones, joints, skin, digestive system, etc., including the reproductive system. Symptoms experienced depend on the target organ being attacked, if the skin can cause reddish rashes, the joints can cause joint pain, the kidneys can cause impaired kidney function, and if it attacks the reproductive system can cause menstrual patterns. Women with lupus are more likely to experience ovulation disorders or release of eggs from the ovaries so that they can interfere with menstrual patterns. In addition, menstrual disorders in people with lupus can also be caused by long-term use of corticosteroid drugs. This drug can cause the hormone cortisol in the body to increase, causing hormonal imbalances and can cause menstrual disorders. To ensure the condition you are experiencing, you should consult your obstetrician again to determine whether menstrual disorders are caused by lupus, or due to other causes. The doctor will conduct a thorough examination, including laboratory examinations, ultrasound, and so forth to ascertain the conditions experienced. We recommend that you continue to do a healthy lifestyle, eat healthy and nutritious food, meet your fluid needs, exercise regularly, and get enough rest.
Hope this answer helps.