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    I just want to ask, as I have gone through menapause with the medication that I am on, if anyone gets the monthly pmt symptoms . Lately i seem to get more swollen or bloated so much so I look about 10 months pregnant and get teary also. Also it seems to coincide with the full moon bizarrely. Just wondering if I should go and see yet another specialist a gynocologist as well...sigh!!!!

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    how long have you been without a period? I have gone 8 years and I have no symptoms at all but my friend who had cancer went aprox a year symptom and period free but now she gets either pms or her period each month. If you are sure you have gone through menopause then I would get it checked out.
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    Sorry to go off topic, but i got another question for the ladies, I keep getting sent reminders to go for my cercical smear test. I really dont want to go as its just one more place to be poked and prodded. Does everyone think its beneficial, as they say if you're on immunosuppressants you should go. My mum goes and gets abnoral cells back nearly every year. What should i do? I'm 25 and had 4 sexual partners. Is it worth while??
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    I haven't had a period since Dec 09 so I think I will get organised and get myself checked out.

    And yes you should always get the smear test done, no matter what, I hate having it done even after
    having 3 children it still doesn't get any easier. But I know what you mean. But you are young and it is not painful at all, just
    leave your dignity at the door and pick it up afterwards. Just make sure they warm up the equipment ( if it is metal ).

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    Deanne, you should get your hormone levels tested. Ctx can cause you to stop getting a period, but you might not be in menopause.

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    Does rtx have the same effect? I was on ctx for almost a year, periods stopped about 6 weeks into it. I've been off the ctx for about 6 weeks - wondering what I should expect. One of the docs I see did mention doing a hormone level but told me that pred would cause the results to be wonky, so I never did it.

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    I stopped having my cycle about 10 months ago due to Cytoxan. Stopped the Cytoxan in December and started Rtx in Feb due to the Cytoxan attacking my bladder. My cycle has not returned, and I was having horrible hot flashes (20-30 times a day), moodiness and severe fatigue. Rhumey suggested I see my Gyno and get my hormone levels checked. (scheduled for my first pap since diagnosis next Friday). My hormone levels showed I was waaaaay menopausel. Some levels were so low they didn't even register. Gyno put me on the Combi-Patch (started it last Monday). The change is amazing. I only get a few hot flashes a day now, and I feel so much better. I even have enough energy to be back working 10 hour days . I haven't been able to do that since last February.

    Last blood work at Rhumey was getting much better... he thinks one more round of Rtx might just get 'us' into remission. Yay!

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    I too have been without the monthly nasties since June of 2010. I was just telling Brian that it is one of the positive things that has come out of cytoxin. I also have hot flashes and sweats but I had that with the pred and am not sure if it's just leftovers from that or if I'm actually menopausal. I'm not moody or cranky (or at least I don't think I am, others might beg to differ) and I'm not getting any of the symptoms I use to get before during PMS time. I had a real hard time before with pains during PMS, so I'm NOT missing that at all. AT ALL!

    I remember reading in another thread that someone had their period come back, I dread the thought of that. I like things the way they are right now in that particular department.

    Miskey, yeah remission!!!! My bloodwork is getting better every time too since the RTX, I'm so stoked. I'm dealing with a cold right now that's going around my household and town, but other than that I'm feeling so much better since the RTX (other than the initial dip between CTX kicking out and RTX kicking in).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArlaMo View Post
    Does rtx have the same effect? I was on ctx for almost a year, periods stopped about 6 weeks into it. I've been off the ctx for about 6 weeks - wondering what I should expect. One of the docs I see did mention doing a hormone level but told me that pred would cause the results to be wonky, so I never did it.
    Rtx does not affect fertility or the endocrine system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deanne Hull View Post
    I just want to ask, as I have gone through menapause with the medication that I am on, if anyone gets the monthly pmt symptoms . Lately i seem to get more swollen or bloated so much so I look about 10 months pregnant and get teary also. Also it seems to coincide with the full moon bizarrely. Just wondering if I should go and see yet another specialist a gynocologist as well...sigh!!!!
    Just a few months b4 I started getting sick my monthly moved a few days to also coincide with the full moon. I thought It was strange but somewhat convenient as I can go by my loner calender. I still think its a little strange. dose Ctx stop most peoples monthly?
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