Natural menopause after chemical?

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Question from Linda: After going through chemical menopause, will I go through a natural one at a later date?
Answers - Julie Gralow, M.D. By chemical menopause, I assume you mean that you've had chemotherapy-induced menopause. Sometimes the cessation of menstrual periods is temporary, and sometimes it's permanent, even if you're below the age at which you normally would have gone through menopause. So if you have chemotherapy-induced menopause and your periods later return, you will definitely go through natural menopause at some point in the future.

Chemotherapy-induced menopause is more common with some chemotherapy regimens than others. Women in their 30s are much less likely to undergo permanent, chemotherapy-induced menopause than women in their 40s. Older women are more likely to stop having periods after a few cycles of chemotherapy and not get them back.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. You can learn more about natural and treatment-induced menopause, as well as medications that can cause menopause-like symptoms, in the Breastcancer.org Managing Menopausal Symptoms section.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Treatment Side Effects featured Julie Gralow, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about many of the short-term and long-term side effects of breast cancer treatment, and ways of minimizing them, so you can get on with your life and enjoy your day-to-day activities.

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