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Recover Overcoming Treatment Menopause

Did you stop having your period during or shortly after chemotherapy treatment ended?  Do you suffer from frequent and ?  

Then you may be in .

The reality is that the closer you are to a menopausal age, the more likely it is that you will notice during -- and the more likely it is that your will be permanent.

-induced occurs in 10 percent to 50 percent of women younger than 40, and in 50 percent to more than 90 percent of women over 40.  After , a woman may experience months, or even years, of irregular ovarian function. However, normal ovarian function may return over time, depending on her age and the type and dosage of treatment that she received.

Whether or not will send you into menopause depends on these factors as well as your state of health and the staging of your breast cancer. If your body is close to natural prior to starting , your period may not return because your treatment likely disturbed or damaged your ovaries, leaving them unable to produce their usual hormones. A drastic drop in or changes in overall hormone levels can provoke menopausal symptoms. However, consult with your doctor to determine exactly where you are in this process.

A significant change in levels can cause menopause-like side effects and is common with treatment, especially the regimens of ACT (, and ) and CMF (, , .  Follicles (eggs containing cells) divide rapidly. S ince kills rapidly dividing cancer cells, follicles, too, are sensitive to drugs. This is why your is disrupted and you experience , night sweats and other -like changes.

Hormonal therapies can also cause sudden, menopause-like changes. , for example, causes by blocking in the brain that control body temperature. Taking any medication that suppresses your ovaries’ function can also cause -like side effects.

caused by seems a bit abrupt because it’s not what your the body expects. Your symptoms can feel more intense than with a natural progressive .

You also should be mindful that -induced presents risk factors for . If you experience , your doctor should monitor you by prescribing and recommending supplemental and

So, how can you manage your way through ?

Well, if it’s permanent there’s no way to ever reverse -induced . But there are ways to manage the side effects.  Below are a few suggestions from :

Absorbent PJs

Soy

Also, if you are trying to overcome sleep problems related to menopause, has you can try: 

Ten Fixes for Menopause

 Use Your Bed Only for Sleep (and Sex!)

Additional resources that may helpful are:

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’s article on

For more information on addressing , go to . You can also share your knowledge and success with other survivors in our or at .


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