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Younger people with bowel cancer

lujabuck

Early menopause after chemo-rad

Hey all, wanted to hear from folk going through early menopause due to chemo-rad. How are you doing....any top tips?
I think things are just kicking off for me, experiencing proper cold.sweats and hot flushes! Also....does joint pain come into it?
I got some raised eyebrows yesterday at CT scan when I said it had been 6 weeks since period but I was due I wasn't pregnant.....took me a while to realise why they'd be concerned! Anyway no way I'm pregnnant so was happy to sign all the form etc.
:x:

1234annie

Hiya,
I'm not sure what's going on. My period are all over the place and day one is horrendous. I had to come home from work it was so bad. I've asked the GP to rest hormones via blood so they can see if I'm actually in menopause or not.
Annie :x:

Karen17

Hi @lujabuck @1234annie
I'm a good bit older than you but after chemo I was struggling too. I mentioned it at reflexology and whatever she did, it sorted me out after that one session. May have been coincidence but might be worth a go. Good luck and hope you have a lovely Christmas :x::x:

mem

Hi @lujabuck.
I went into early menapause pretty much straight after my 1 week of radiotherapy. My last period was 4 and bit years ago now! I did suffer a tad, especially with the flushes and especially at night. It was unbearable at times. For a short while I was on hormone patches (my oncologist had to give the nod first as I was on chemo at the time) and they did work really well for me, but because I needed a few surgeries I had to stop and start them until I just stopped altogether. Hormone replacement thickens the blood so you have to stop taking it at least 6 weeks prior to surgery. Perhaps speak with your GP about hormone replacement or any other therapy.
Lots of love 🥵 :x::x:

george1960

My wife took evening primrose oil capsules after breakfast it helped with the cramps and sweats and she didn't suffer as bad from the change.

:x::x:

Claireb1978

I’m interested in this thread too as I’m 5 weeks out of pelvic chemo radiation and just waiting for the hot flushes to hit...

JulietheMeezermum

Ladies.. I have been taking these herbal tablets and got them from boots . I had my ovaries removed and the hot sweats were very very bad. I checked with my oncolgist and he said they are ok to take as they are plant based oestrogen. They have stopped the hot sweats and other symptoms by 90% . So I certainly recommend them.

snowsister

🎅🏻Hi and happy Christmas to all...🎅🏻
My periods stopped with the 1st mention of chemo Radiotherapy.... from being a perfect 28 day cycle to zip.... 0.... gone never to be seen again.... I got hormone levels checked after 6 months... no obvious change...GP declared menopause based on symptoms... ridiculous night sweats and slightly unpredictable mood swings which my fella would confirm!!!🤣🤣
I am trying out Holland and Barrett remedies currently... might give menopace a go next.. thanks for the suggestion @JulietheMeezermum

1234annie

Well doctor called me back and said my bloods were normal so it doesn't sound like I'm in menopause does it!? I'm a bit shocked actually as I thought I would be after 6 months chemo. :x: