Results from studies are mixed on the effect that the
estrogen has on a woman's risk of lupus or of having
lupus flares. For example, while most women do not have symptom flares during
pregnancy, when a woman has a high level of estrogen, a few women do have
flares during pregnancy. And although most women develop lupus when they are
age 15 to 45, when estrogen levels are higher, a number of women develop lupus
menopause, when estrogen levels are low.
People wonder whether the hormones estrogen and progesteronecause lupus because these hormones are at much higher levels in women and women are much more likely to get lupus. Hormones, including hormones used for hormone replacement therapy or birth control, don't cause lupus. But they may have some effect on it. Birth control pills have low levels of hormones, and to not appear to make lupus worse. In fact, hormone levels are much higher during pregnancy than they are when a woman takes birth control pills. Later in life, the decision about taking hormone replacement is made by each woman and her doctor, based on her lupus and other factors.
suggests smoking may increase the risk of getting lupus.4
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 23, 2011
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