In my opinion (for whatever thats worth) I feel that hormones have a definite impact on your lupus. In additon to lupus I have had endometriosis for probably about 14 years. I don't think the hormones actually cause my flares, but I know they really make me susceptible to flares and weaken me, making even the littlelest things overwhelm me. Because of my endo issues I am on the pill and take hormone pills, which normally isn't the best for a lupus patient. I know that when my hormones get out of wack I have a very difficult time thinking clearly and go into a horrible lupus fog, that at times feels near impossible to shake off. When I talked to my doctor about this he said that he felt there was a link between hormonal inbalances and the severity of your lupus at the time. For me I feel its similar to the symptoms I get when I am stressed and how that makes everything worse at the time. I hope that you are doing well....best of luck!