• Menopause

    Asked by jgoat01 on Thursday, January 18, 2018


    Ok so when I did chemo @33 it threw me into menopause after a yr and half everything started working fine. Now I'm 5 yrs cancer free (BLESSED) 39 and feel like maybe I'm going thru early menopause?? Has anyone has issues w early menopause due to treatment perhaps or bc of having all that done to my body...im just wondering if having breast cancer is making me not the average age and starting early...thanks!

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • geekling's Avatar

      Eat more sweet potatoes and yams.

      Best wishes

      over 3 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      I was 43 when I was diagnosed and had my first chemo infusion. I was in the throes of my cycle when I had my first treatment and never had another cycle after that. When I didn’t have it in the two months after my last one, I phoned the nurse and asked her if this happens and if I would get my cycle again when chemo stops. She said that some women my age did regain their cycles while others never got them back. When chemo had been over for a few months, I never got the cycles back and was soon put on Tamoxifen because I did have ER+ cancer. I had a feeling I was in menopause and my days of fertility were over for good. It can be hard to swallow when it happens to us at relatively younger ages, but it’s far better than having cancer. HUGS and God bless.

      over 3 years ago
    • ann73's Avatar

      I went into early menopause as well. I am taking Tamoxifen after having full mastectomy and flap surgery so I believe it can be due to your body going thru so much. Had surgery almost two years ago and I am 44. Started perimenopause at 40 then full menopause after the surgery. God bless you for being a survivor Good luck in the future.

      over 3 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      It could be perimenopause. It's like a tease into the real world of menopause. Hot flashes, heavy periods, and so much more! The chemotherapy probably started this process earlier than expected. Another factor I found was to check with my own mom when she started this herself. I started about age 43 and was finished by 48.
      Everyone is different. And if you are questioning this period of your life, its best to talk to your doctor.

      over 3 years ago
    • junie1's Avatar

      cancer and chemo doesn't know age. my daughter was 28, had cervical cancer, went into menopause then, she's 40 now. I was 44 when I had y first dx of breast cancer, had chemo, went into menopause at the 3rd treatment! I'm 68 now.. we don't get to choose the time we want to go thur the "change" ,, and it's never a good time!
      My doctor told me at 44 that after chemo was over I might start my periods again------- WELL I told him----- ugh----- no!! it stopped,, it's stopped!! and I never had a period again!!
      wishing the best to you,, and to all of us,, dealing with both issues!!

      over 3 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I was in my 40s when i began going through menopause. That was long before i had any chemo or any health issue at all.

      over 3 years ago
    • Jamison's Avatar

      I had my first hot flash about 2 weeks after my very first IV chemo treatment for ER positive breast cancer about 14 years ago. I was mid-40's. After talking to the Oncologist: "I think I'm having hot flashes. Am I going through menopause from this?". His only answer was: "Yes and that's what we want". HUH???? We do?!? I was totally confused. It took me a long time until I understood the whole process and it honestly took 8 years for the hot flashes and symptoms of menopause to subside. But it would have been nice to know in advance what could happen, especially if I had been younger and wanted a family. I am glad to read other people had much better communication from their physicians at the time of treatment. Better to know before you experience things than to learn as you go along. Your symptoms will pass, yet we are all so different, so where you end up on the reproductive spectrum is an individual response to treatment. But I can say is best of luck and keep asking questions!!

      about 3 years ago
    • jgoat01's Avatar

      Well when my period did come back a yr and half after treatments @ 35 I was surprisingly blessed with my first and only child!! So that was great but now that she is 2.5 I'm sweating so bad and having hot flashes. My period is not right so I just thought It was due to having chemo pretty early and am ready to do what I need to. Thanks so much everyone for all of your responses. God bless you all!!

      about 3 years ago

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