• Ovarian failure, early menopause

    Asked by Timaxley on Sunday, February 24, 2013

    Ovarian failure, early menopause

    Has anybody had any experience with ovarian failure/early monepause caused by chemotherapy? Can it reverse intself once therapy is over? Any info/experiences on this would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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    • carm's Avatar

      Timaxley, hello I am an oncology nurse and let me try to answer you briefly. It is possible to get amenoragghia or an absense of menses that is chemically induced. Although it may seem like menopause, it mimics more of perimenopause and it will resolve once the chemo has ceased. To my knowledge, I have never heard of a chemo that causes sterility and if there were, that would have to be disclosed during an informed consent. I specialize in gyne cancers and have never had to disclose that with any treatment. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      My experience was with breast cancer, and all I read is related to BC only, so please keep that in mind.

      Certain chemotherapy agents are more likely to decrease your fertility than others. Also, a woman's age is a great predictor of whether or not her period will return. What I read, your chances of getting your period back after the age of 40 are 50:50, mich higher of under 40 (this was for BC patients on a specific regimen). I was 41 and my periods did not return.

      When obsessing about this, I came across a website on cancer and fertility by the lance Armstrong foundation, where you can input chemotherapy and cycles and it gives you some sort of answer. Here's a link:

      over 3 years ago
    • Timaxley's Avatar

      Thank you for your responses. Much appreciated!! xx

      over 3 years ago
    • chloe0044's Avatar

      My experience is with breast cancer. I can tell you that when I started chemo, my periods stopped. They did not return for a year. If you just finished treatment, I would give yourself some time to see if they come back. If you are anxious for an answer, you can always go to your ob/gym and get a test to see if you are in menopause. Hope this helps.

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Yes. I did not have a cycle since the very beginning of my chemo treatments and my OB/GYN checked my levels a year later and he has said I am not even perimenopausal, but fully menopausal - no estrogen at all. Both my OB/GYN and oncologist had told me that women can resume their cycles up to a year or so after treatment. As my OB/GYN told me, he has seen some funky things happen due to chemo.

      over 3 years ago

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