Research has shown that hormones -- estrogen and progesterone -- play a role in autoimmune disease. Hormones are thought to be one reason that 75% of people with autoimmune conditions are women. Trigger points for autoimmune onset are at puberty, pregnancy and menopause, when hormone levels are changing in our lives as women.

Do Estrogen and Progesterone’s Rise and Fall During Your Cycle Create Autoimmune Flares? (Yes, Unfortunately.)

Which hormones fluctuate throughout the month during my cycle – estrogen and progesterone, or just estrogen? The menstrual cycle proceeds through a complicated and highly coordinated dance of hormones.  By convention the cycle begins with menstruation.  During this time, levels of estrogen and progesterone are low.  During the next part of the cycle, levels of estrogen begin to rise, reaching


Bioidentical Hormone Treatment: Will It Help or Hurt Your Autoimmune Conditions?

In the last few decades, hormone replacement therapy for women of menopausal age has alternately been hailed as a savior and condemned as a potential threat, sometimes simultaneously.  Their considerable ability to influence and mitigate both normal and disease processes has been tempered by their apparent deleterious effects on other aspects of women’s health.  Below we consider a very specific


Living with Autoimmune in Your 20s and 30s

Welcome to the second article in this series examining life during various decades for patients with autoimmune disease.  In the first entry, we discussed the experience of living with autoimmune disease in your teen years, and how this impacts both patient and disease profile.  Today, we look at those same questions for someone in her 20s or 30s, i.e., the


Living with Autoimmune in Your 40s and 50s

In this article, we continue to examine living with autoimmune disease over time, specifically focusing here on the pre-menopausal/menopausal years, during your 40s and 50s decades of life.  As a reminder, this entry will mainly cover the differences in health and disease that these two decades present for autoimmune disease sufferers.  A more comprehensive look at life with autoimmune disease

Living with Autoimmune in Your 60s and Beyond

This is the final installment of our four-part series about life with autoimmune conditions during various age ranges, and here we examine such an existence for those who are in their 60s or older.  For information about other decades of  life with autoimmune, see posts about teen years, 20s and 30s, and 40s and 50s. Since menopause has likely taken