• Menopause

    Asked by jgoat01 on Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Menopause

    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!

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      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
      Jamison

      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!!

      over 3 years ago
    • jgoat01's Avatar
      jgoat01

      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!!

      over 3 years ago

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