For the ladies!
Posted 22 May 2008 - 01:45 PM
Can Scleroderma cause early menopause in some people?
I have made an appointment to see my local doctor for next friday so I can get my hormone levels checked.
Posted 22 May 2008 - 02:36 PM
Posted 22 May 2008 - 04:48 PM
I got diagnosis with Sclero August '06 and never got another period after that date....but I was 50 then.
Posted 22 May 2008 - 10:14 PM
I had endometriosis in my early thirties. I had always had a regular 28 day cycle but then it went to every 12 - 15 days and left me exhausted and had lots of pain that I collapsed twice. The doctor tried drugs first but that didn't work so ended up with a hysterectomy and I never really looked back. When I started seeing the Rheumatologist last year and he took notes of my medical history he did say to me that endometriosis may be linked to autoimmune conditions. I don't know but if that is the case but I must have gone through the menopause when I was about 40 -41.
Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:25 PM
Thanks for the question as I have often wondered the same. My periods were always on schedule at 28 days and now are closer together too (23-24days).
I also have/had endometriosis....You all are starting to make a good case for the hysterectomy!
Posted 23 May 2008 - 02:17 AM
We have a section on Autoimmunity and Early Menopause, at:
Founder and President
International Scleroderma Network (ISN)
Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099
The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.
Posted 23 May 2008 - 03:13 AM
Anyway now we're trying to get my menstruation "back on track" with birth control pills and progesterone.. I'll just wait and see if that helps It's that the lack of estrogen can cause osteoporosis in later years and I'm having enough troubles with my health without that.
Posted 23 May 2008 - 01:27 PM
Are any of your meds causing the break through bleeding? Cellcept caused me to have break through bleeding. I came off Cellcept and my periods returned to normal as far as timing, however, they are not as red. Gyno checked me out fully with ultrasound, etc.. and basically the conclusion is my uterine walls are thickening and doubts that I can get pregnant again. He believe that this is early menopause triggered by the cyclophosphamide or the Cellcept. Good Luck. Gidget
Posted 23 May 2008 - 06:09 PM
Gidget, I haven't changed any of my meds recently, only been on an antibiotic.
Shelley, Thanks for link to the site, it is so informative and answers alot of my questions.
My mood has plummeted again the last couple of weeks, so maybe my hormone levels are all over the place.
I will let you know how I get on after I see the doctor.
Posted 25 May 2008 - 08:46 AM
I have a lot of eating problems, mainly because I have dysphasia and they started around that time and I thought my menstural cycle was affected because of poor nutrition.
I haven't had a period since!
I blame scleroderma -- of course!
Best wishes xxx
Posted 26 May 2008 - 06:48 AM