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In answer to your questions, women with autoimmune diseases are more likely to have symptoms of premienopause which can begin up to 10 years before the end of your menstrual cycle (and/or before the age of 40). SLE is particularly associated with early menopause, but in most cases, medication for the disease is felt to be the cause of the early menopause.
There are still unanswered questions concerning hormone replacement therapy with LUPUS patients (especially those whose disease is active). Some studies have found that HRT's have caused activation of SLE and that the estrogens can cause the disease to worsen. However, recent studies have suggested that HRT can be safe for women with Lupus.
This is an area that I would discuss thoroughly with my GYN and research diligently before delving into any type of HRT.
Personally, I have been using a HRT for many years now. I am careful to do regular breast examinations and to see my GYN yearly. So far, I have had no problems with the treatment!!
Best of luck to you!
Peace and Blessings