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Jennine

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I was wondering, does everyone or almost everyone around my age (I'm 44) get thrown into early menopause after chemo treatments? I am researching various side effects with different types of chemo and was wondering..
I know it depends, but the majority?  My periods are very regular and I don't think I am anywhere near menopause, despite my age. I had a GYN check up in Dec. and everything is good.
Gosh, never thought I would even be thinking of this. In Feb. I was down in Florida having a great time with my family and never even knowing, never entered my mind, not a clue.
How life throws you curve balls, or in this case, a bolt of lightening.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Love, Jen

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Hi Jen,

When I started chemo I had my period every other week for a couple of months and then it stopped all together.  My oncologist is on the fence as to whether it will come back or not.  Originally he thought because of my age, 39, it would definately come back, however, I had a lot of hot flashes and continue to have them on occasion so he is not really sure.  I am in the wait and see mode as my tx ended 2/23.  Interestingly after my bi-lateral in March the hot flashes picked back up again...

I am curious to see what others experienced...

Chrissie




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Thanks for posting Chrissie. I was wondering about mine, since I am 44..but despite my age, I have regular periods and I know I am no where near menopause. My onc told me I have a 40 % chance for my cycles to return. Him and his odds. lol not looking good.. I have my family, I have three children, it's not about that...it's about all of the things that come along with menopause. Darn, I never thought I would be facing this at my age...I hate this, I hate that tumor that put all of this on my body, what a nightmare.

On the flip side, I am trying to find all of the positives in this. I know they are there but I've been so wrapped up in the shock and anxiety of up coming treatment, I fail to see it. When things calm down, I'll be better. I am so used to worrying about everyone else!! Not about MYSELF... I don't like the fuss about me. I only want to be me without the worry and I certainly don't want ANYONE to worry about me! ..wow, this is hard.
I really have to get over myself, can't wait for the shift, it can't come soon enough!

Hugs and love to you,
Jen


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I did not go into meno after my chemo.
I bounced right back on the estrogen wagon train less than three months after my last chemo.
I was 44 at the time.
I have to get shots to turn off my ovaries now so I can take Femara.

As they say, It ain't over til it's over!
But I can tell you, I did not miss Aunt Flo one bit!


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ha ha ha

Gina, I call it Aunt Martha, she's so rude, she never calls before she comes! But when she leaves I'm so happy, so yeah, it will be ok either way. ;-)

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I am 42 and the chemo put me into menopause, but exactly 1 year from diagnosis, it came back. Too early to tell if it is going to stick around, but the hot flashes are gone and frankly, I prefer to have my body go about its business as designed. Makes me feel more normal and back to my own age.


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