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Menstrual Cramps after Menopause
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ridofcancer posted:
I have been feeling like I have menstruating cramps, but have been without periods for over 2 yrs after my chemo treatments. I am 54 years old. Is this normal?
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Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear ridofcancer,
Sorry that you had to deal with cancer, but delighted you are now cured, which is great. Occasionally, ovaries can wake up, even a couple of years after chemo (it's unusual but can happen). The easiest way to tell if your ovaries are doing anything is to check a blood FSH test and estradiol test; if the FSH is low, they may indeed be waking up. However, the bowel can mimic menstrual cramps (some folks with diverticular problems can get these symptoms. ) So if indeed the ovaries aren't doing much, do check in with your primary care doc to look at the bowel.
Good luck,
Mary Jane
 
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ridofcancer replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
Thank you for your answer to my question. It was Colon Cancer that I had, I will bring this to the attention of my Oncologist. Hopefully this has to do with just my ovaries. Sincerely, ridofcancer


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