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Wednesday, August 04, 2010 worried, Community Member, asks

Q: Will Simvastatin stop a women's period from happening?

Around the same time I started taking Simvastatin, My period stopped happening, before this I was regular. I am only 35 years old.

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8/ 4/10 9:55am

Hi Worried,

 

There is potential for statin medications to change menstrual period duration and cause increased bleeding. I recommend discussing with your physician.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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David1951, Community Member
8/ 4/10 10:22am

worried,

 

women are at higher risk for statin adverse effects and several studies question the usefulness of statins for women at all. you should read and understand the following:

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a791850044

 

a fuller report here:

http://www.whp-apsf.ca/pdf/statinsEvidenceCaution.pdf

 

for a list of statin adverse effect symptoms see here (right side menu):

 

http://www.statinvictims.org/statin-drugs/

 

 

I question why a woman your age would even be considered for statin use. just what are your risk factors for cvd?

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David1951, Community Member
8/ 4/10 10:26am

here is another article you should read:

 

http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/book/companion.asp?id=29&compID=116

 

 

 

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Lisa Emrich, Health Guide
9/23/10 3:52pm

Hi worried,

 

I was looking for information on this same topic.  I have been keeping track of my cycles so that I could tell my doctor if they were changing due to becoming premenopausal (even at 42). So I know that I have a dependable 25-26 day cycle.

 

I started simvastatin in late July/early August.  This first month my cycle increased to 27 days; not a big deal at all and it latest a bit longer than usual.  But this month, I'm already on day 33 and nothing.  Took a pregnancy test to rule out the very slim chance that I could be pregnant (I'm not).

 

I don't know the answer to your question, but I wanted to let you know that you are not alone.  I wish that I could have found any other references to whether simvastatin altered menstruation regularity.  But I didn't.

 

So have things gone back to normal for you?  Or are your cycles still messed up?  I'd kinda like to know what your experience has been.

 

Thx,

Lisa

 

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