• Changes in your menstral cycle? I no longer have one. Will it ever come back? And do you always loose the desire for sex

    Asked by Janicem on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Changes in your menstral cycle? I no longer have one. Will it ever come back? And do you always loose the desire for sex

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    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      During chemo, I had only one cycle and it lasted for 2 weeks straight and heavier than I had ever had in my entire life. That was last June and I haven't had anything since. I saw my ob/gyn once I finished chemo in October and he said he is pretty sure the chemo shut me down permanently. I was also having horrible hot flashes, but they have gotten less in intensity and far fewer, so I'm wondering whether I'm really not yet perimenopausal. Both my ob/gyn and oncologist say that it's possible that the cycle could start again after a year or so.

      Re: sex drive. I had colon cancer...need I say more? Chemo caused horrid diarrhea so that killed any desire to be intimate. Now that I'm done chemo, I feel more comfortable and am back to my old self. My husband was wonderfully understanding and we talked all the time. I told him exactly the way I was feeling and he was great.

      over 9 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I had the same experiences at IKickedIt. I had a heavy cycle when I started radiation and 5FU. That was in September. I have had nothing since. I just started FOLFOX so I don't plan on anything happening soon. Being 38, my GYN is not sure what will happen. He suggested I wait about 6 months after I finish treatment before I consider supplements to help with the hot flashes. Mine were improving until I started FOLFOX and now they are back like crazy.

      As far as a sex drive, I don't have one at all. I am single and this worries me a bit as I have put my life on hold for a year as far as dating to get through my treatments and surgery. I am really hoping when all chemicals are gone and I don't have the ileostomy, my drive will return. My GYN told me that the supplements for the hot flashes would help with my sex drive as well.

      Personally, I'm just going to sit on it and wait for a while and see what happens. I have faith that once my body is back in balance, nature will take it's course again. I don't have any children so the thought of being in permanent menopause is very sad for me so I have hope everything will come back in do time. It's funny, when you have periods you wish you didn't and when you don't, you wish you did!

      over 9 years ago
    • LizGrant's Avatar

      Helo, I'm new and don't know if you are still having this problem, but yes my cycle became very irregular. During treatment I eventually missed several periods and once I stopped chemo I didn't have one for several months. For a while I thought it had thrown me into menopause and only being 29 I would have been shocked but after about 3-4 months it returned. I also had a lot of hormonal issues during the time such as mood swings, cravings, etc.

      over 8 years ago
    • LizGrant's Avatar

      Oh and yes my treatment KILLED my sex drive. Honestly that seemed like the least interesting thing to do also b/c of the joint pain I thought, no way! It lasted a while after treatment and it slowly, but surely came back as well :) Luckily, my husband was understanding.

      over 8 years ago

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