• I finished chemotherapy in early March, when should my menstrual cycle start back up?

    Asked by shhwee on Friday, April 13, 2012

    I finished chemotherapy in early March, when should my menstrual cycle start back up?

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    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I stop menstruating in September when I was having radiation for rectal cancer (ovaries were getting zapped too). I am now going through chemo and I still haven't got my cycle back and suffer from hot flashes.

      My GYN told me to give my body 6 months chemo/treatment free to see what will happen. Then if nothing happens, we would discuss my options. I would give it a good couple of months for your body to get back into it's own rhythm.

      almost 9 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      That's similar to what I've been told as well. You can get an estrogen blood test to see if you're headed in the right direction, but even that, I think they prefer to have a little time pass between last treatment and this blood test. I had my first blood test at almost three months after my last treatment.

      I'm hoping I'll get my cycle back as well!

      I don't get hot flashes... But I do get hot. It's just a slower build from perfectly fine to hot than what I hear other people talking about. This is nice, because then I'm not throwing things off my body in a desperate attempt to not feel overheated. I can just take my sweater off... And then put it back on after a while.

      I really hope I'm not in permanent menopause. I want my hormones back!

      almost 9 years ago
    • shhwee's Avatar

      I was told by my doctor that your cycle stops while you're on chemo, so I knew I wasn't going to have it for a while. I was treated for spinal, and brain tumors. I suppose I should have also added that I'm only 18. My doctor said it'll come back, but wasn't sure when...

      almost 9 years ago
    • shhwee's Avatar

      But his answer was about the same, give it a couple months. So thanks guys! :]

      almost 9 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Both my OB/GYN and oncologist have told me that I could resume my cycle up to one year after finishing chemo. My last cycle was last May and I finished chemo in October. Still haven't had it and my oncologist thinks there is a good chance that I might be done...but I am 47.

      almost 9 years ago

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