Topic: Tamoxifen and periods??

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Posted on: Sep 22, 2022 06:38PM

Posted on: Sep 22, 2022 06:38PM

ampmusic14 wrote:

I have been on tamoxifen for almost two years. A couple of months after I finished chemo, my periods came back pretty close to regularly... Do periods get irregular on tamoxifen the closer we get to being put into "menopause?" My period came a week early last week and lasted about 3 days, but all of a sudden, I'm bleeding again. I don't know which doctor to contact? OB or oncology...? Is this normal?

Dx 5/11/2020, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/8/2020 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 7/27/2020 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 12/16/2020 Reconstruction (Left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 23, 2022 03:48AM rah2464 wrote:

ampmusic14 - I would suggest you start with a trusted OBGYN to determine your menopausal status as well as anything that might be happening with your uterus. Tamoxifen definitely can mess with your cycle (it was originally developed in hopes for use as a fertility aid) and can aggravate uterine polyps or other conditions. Your OB will probably want to do a baseline pelvic ultrasound to evaluate things. Any abnormal results you will want to discuss with your ONC. Or, if it takes longer to see your OB, if you are lucky and have a ONC that looks after everything they can order the test (mine always did).

Another word of caution since you may still be pre menopausal - get your bone density checked asap. Tamoxifen taken pre menopausally is murder on your bones. It is lauded as a good option if you are PAST menopause as then it can actually somewhat protect bones. Make sure you are getting 1200 mg calcium a day with this med and get your weight bearing exercise in. I caution about this because it happened to me. Full blown osteoporosis at age 55 thanks to Tamoxifen.

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/27/2018 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/27/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Sep 24, 2022 03:37AM gb2115 wrote:

Full blown osteoporosis at age 43 thanks to tamoxifen. I had no idea it could do that, so I didn't take preventative steps. My MO even seemed surprised, which honestly concerns me a little. We only found out because I asked for a dexa before starting exemestane. If I hadn't asked......?

First Dx IDC in 10/16 at age 38, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Second Dx IDC recurrence in original location 5/21. 1.3 cm ER/PR+, Her2 -. Grade 2. 2/2 nodes. UMX + AC/T + Zoladex/Exemestane + Zometa.
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Sep 25, 2022 03:33AM rah2464 wrote:

Sorry to hear that gb - I don't think most MOs think about the bone impact too much and I suspect a lot of women have had issues. Hope the Zometa is helping with your bone density. I've had two cycles of it so far with minimal response. I think I will be switching to Prolia soon.

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/27/2018 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/27/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

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