Safe way to get ovaries functioning again?


Question from Website Question: I feel way too young to be in menopause. Is there any safe way of starting up my ovaries again now that I'm done with treatment?
Answers - Mindy Goldman, M.D. There is nothing that we know of that can kick start the ovaries back into functioning. But if you were less than 40 when you received chemotherapy, chances are you will get return of ovarian function. Although being in menopause may cause some uncomfortable side effects, if you have an estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer, there may actually be benefits to your breasts by not having your ovaries produce estrogen. So I would recommend just letting things occur naturally.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. How reliable are the blood tests of FSH or LH in helping your doctor and you know if you are in a temporary or permanent menopause?
Mindy Goldman, M.D. These tests may not be as reliable in women who are on hormonal drugs like tamoxifen. The estradiol level is much more reliable. In general, I recommend checking both the FSH and the estradiol, but I let the estradiol guide my management.

On Wednesday, July 21, 2004, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Managing Menopausal Symptoms. Mindy Goldman, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about how to manage menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, and more.

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