Lupus in Women: From Puberty to Menopause
Lupus in women occurs much more often than in men. There are many reasons this occurs. Also, lupus tends to be more severe in younger women and often flares around the menstrual cycle.
Watch the video below that I made along with Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus to know why these occur. They range from the bizarre (microchimerism) to the straightforward (effects of estrogen on the immune system). Make sure to join KFL so you are notified when other interesting KFL blog posts and videos are posted.
Interesting trivia in the video about lupus in women:
- How severe is lupus in women during various stages of their life?
- Does lupus get better after menopause?
- Is it also true that lupus can flare around menstrual cycles (periods, menstruation)? If so, why?
- There are 9 women with lupus for every man with lupus. Why does lupus in women occur more often?
- Much has to do with the X-chromosome and how lupus genes will remain active when they should turn off
- The children of women with lupus may even contribute by spreading fetal cells into their mother during pregnancy, then those cells can persist, causing immune system problems (called microchimerism)
- The female hormones can cause increased immune system activity
- Many women are born with an X-chromosome. However most do not realize this. It increases their risk for lupus, anxiety disorder, and learning disabilities
- Some men are born with an extra X-chromosome that subsequently greatly increases their risk for lupus
- Some women have only one X-chromosome and have a very low likelihood of getting lupus
- Is it safe for women to take birth control pills containing estrogen? How about taking hormone replacement therapy at menopause to decrease life-altering hot flashes?
- What are some of the triggers of lupus? Follow The Lupus Secrets to learn how to avoid these triggers.
What has your experience been with lupus at different stages of life, menses, or if you took hormones? Comment below…
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