Re: Early Menopause due to Treatment urgent help needed!!!!!!!!!!
I didn't have cervical cancer, but I did have an early stage of colon cancer and, as a result, had to have high doses of internal and external pelvic radiation. My ovaries immeditaely shut down. I went into menopause in my early 30s. I resisted HRT, because, I was so afraid I'd then get breast cancer, but my doctors have been so concerned about my bone health and vaginal health. I had severe vaginal dryness and burning urethritis, to the point of agony...... I finally, after much resistance, starting wearing a low dose HRT patch regularly, which I change twice a week. The vaginal dryness, too, has been greatly alleviated by Vagifem, a vaginal estrogen tablet, you insert into your vagina, with an applicator once a week. You might also try some estrogen cream, but that sometimes caused more burning for me. Not sure why. Until the meds took effect, I struggled to find something to help moisten my vaginal tissues. It had to be fragrance free and pretty inert. Vaseline ointment helped. K-Y Jelly or something like it, such as Replens, which is administered with a suppository. Go to the section where they sell yeast infection treatments, at your drugstore. Warm baths helped and even a heating pad or an ice pak. I even tried hydrocortizone cream to help reduce inflammation. 600mg Ibuprofen might help reduce the inflammation too. The key is to keep your vaginal walls moist, with whatever ointements or meds that don't increase the burning. The Vagifem and HRT have only given me actual lasting comfort, but it took awhile. As far as the urethritis, I've found some relief with Macrodantin and Elmiron (do a search under meds on your computer) but, once the HRT kicked in, I found that the urethritis started to correct itself as well. During the worst part of my pain, my doctor did agree to let me take a very mild sedative only once a day, but don't get hooked on that stuff. It calmed the physical pain some. I sound like a walking drugstore, but when you go through such agony, you are willing to try the medicines that might be out there to help. Up till this time, I barely ever took aspirin. Thus is part of the journey of being a cancer survivor. My heart goes out to you. Not only did I have to face infertility, but 20 years too soon into menopause. I also take Fosomax weekly to protect my bones, as well as calcium and a multivitiamin daily. Hang in there. I was in agonizing pain, but I did finally find some relief. My vaginal walls are now fairly moist, I'm happy to report.
Last edited by wmkcolors; 12-04-2005 at 12:56 AM.