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SSRIs and Menstrual Changes?
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:03:21 PM »
Hi all,

I have been on Sertraline 50mg for almost two months now and have noticed a great improvement with my anxiety. I do have a question though. Can SSRIs, specifically Sertraline, cause menstrual irregularity? I haven't had my period since I started the drug and there is absolutely no chance I am pregnant.

I have searched online for some articles about it, but only come up with anecdotal evidence.

I am due to see my psychiatrist in a couple of weeks and will bring it up with him then, but in the meantime, does anybody know? Thanks!
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Re: SSRIs and Menstrual Changes?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 06:42:46 PM »
Can SSRIs, specifically Sertraline, cause menstrual irregularity?

Yes, they can. The most likely to are Paxil (paroxetine) and sertraline (Zoloft).

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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.

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Re: SSRIs and Menstrual Changes?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 11:10:47 PM »
Wow, thanks Ian. Do you happen to know why this happens? I can't find anything about it anywhere.
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Re: SSRIs and Menstrual Changes?
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2014, 11:38:36 PM »
Do you happen to know why this happens?

Not in any detail, just that they affect hormones, including prolactin levels which affect ovulation.

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Re: SSRIs and Menstrual Changes?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2014, 02:32:14 PM »
Ah, thank you Ian!
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