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    Returning Menstrual cycle?
    ChristyS510 posted:
    I have not had a period in almost 3 yrs due to a form of Leukemia that put me on Cytoxan (oral chemo) for 8 months, in remission as of 8/2010. That seems to have changed as of this morning. My blood counts say I'm in menopause, but i'm only 42 yrs old. They said my period might come back...but 3 yrs later??? Or should I be worried that something else is causing this?
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear ChristyS510,
    Sorry to hear about your leukemia, but I'm delighted you are doing so well-that's great. Chemo often puts the ovaries out of commission; however, the younger the woman, the more likely her ovaries can come back: and you indeed are young. So it is possible that this period could be a sign of your ovaries reawakening. So I would definitely contact your health care provider, who will probably want to investigate this episode, with an ultrasound or a sampling of the lining of your uterus. However, they may all be normal, and your ovaries can be beginning again to function.
    Stay well!
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane

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