Some cancer treatments can stop the ovaries working causing women to start their menopause earlier than expected. The ovaries produce the hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which control a woman’s monthly cycle (periods). Menopause naturally happens around the age of 50 when the ovaries stop producing these hormones and a woman’s periods stop.
Different cancer treatments can cause an early menopause:
Sometimes in younger women, chemotherapy causes a temporary menopause. The closer you are to your natural menopause the more likely it is to be permanent. Your cancer doctor and specialist nurse can explain more about this.
You may need blood tests to measure your hormone levels to find out if treatment has caused an early menopause.