Chemopause = menopause, brought on by chemotherapy treatment or some surgeries used to treat cancer. Common if not ubiquitous in female cancer patients.
Causes: Heck if I know. Although I did find out that chemopause can be medically induced on purpose.
Effects: Hot flashes, cold flashes, cessation of menstrual periods, possible memory issues.
Duration: May be permanent. Some female cancer patients go into chemopause during treatment and then return to “normal” several months to years later. They’ll go through menopause again at a more appropriate age. Others, typically older patients closer to menopause, find that their bodies simply adjust to an early menopause, and it sticks.
My opinion: It doesn’t bother me, really. I’ve had my babies, so it’s okay. I fried my eggs with the chemo anyway. (Some young women with cancer undergo fertility treatments and harvest eggs for later births before they start chemo; I didn’t have the time for that.) But I find it interesting and thought I’d define a new word on the blog today.
Now would someone PLEASE turn down the heat in here?