8 “Must Haves” For Chemo Induced Menopause

8 “Must Haves” For Chemo Induced Menopause

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Sarah Flowers

43 days ago at 3:01 PM

If you're a young woman going through cancer treatment, your doctor may or may not have prepared you for chemo-induced-menopause. For anyone experiencing early onset menopause, we have the list for you!

If you’re like me, and the 40% of women under 40 who go through chemo, you probably hadn’t even thought about menopause before you realized it was coming at you like a train (thanks to your treatments). Ah, cancer, the gift that keeps on giving.

Although early onset menopause wasn’t something you were anticipating happening to you, it’s a lot more common than you would think among women who undergo chemotherapy. Studies have found that up to 40% of women under age 40 go into permanent menopause as a result of chemotherapy, while 70-90% of women over 40 do.

Even if you don’t go into menopause because of treatment, an increasing number of women with hormone positive cancers are taking estrogen blocking drugs that can mimic many of the side effects of menopause like hot flashes and incontinence.

Menopause can present differently to different people but usually includes some combination of hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood changes and irritability, weight gain, loss of sex drive, and incontinence.  Not everyone will have every symptom and the degree of severity of symptoms can vary widely between individuals.

Not to worry, though, we’ve got you covered with our curated list of menopause must haves from the OneVillage community to help you feel your best.

Innovo

A large number of women going through pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, or other hormonal change experience loss of bladder control, which result from hormonal changes that affect muscle strength in your pelvic area. The best way to address incontinence is head on through correcting the root cause of the issue, a weakened pelvic floor. 

Innovo’s FDA approved shorts deliver a painless electric pulse from one side of your leg to the other, causing a pelvic contraction that works your pelvic floor muscles equivalently to 180 perfect kegels per session.  90% of users reported improvement in incontinence over the first 4 weeks, with the majority of users being labeled as dry or nearly dry after the recommended 12 week session.

Panty Liners

If you can’t commit to a pelvic floor training program to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, save yourself the embarrassment of needing to replace your underpants after the unexpected sneeze, cough, or laugh.  We love these because of their clean ingredients and, ability to wick moisture away quickly.

Bamboo Pajamas

Menopause and hormone changes are common culprits for night sweats, hot flashes, and other disturbed sleep patterns.  One of the best investments you can make for yourself or for someone else as a gift is a set of cooling bamboo pajamas, which are perfect for hot sleepers or people who are prone to night sweats.

Bamboo Blanket

Keeping your sleeping environment as cool as possible is key to getting a good night’s sleep.  We recommend getting the lightest, most breathable fabrics possible for all of your linens, and in most cases you’re going to find that bamboo is your best option!

Membrasin Vulva Cream

A hormone, fragrance and estrogen free moisturizing cream that nurtures intimate areas, and alleviates symptoms due to dryness from menopause, hysterectomy, breast cancer treatment, feminine atrophy, and more.  We love this cream because of everything we’ve tried, it feels the most like natural moisture

Bonafide Relazin

Although naturopaths have used it for years, many oncologists are starting to promote the benefits of bee pollen, which balances body temperature to keep you cool and dry day and night.  Stay breezy with cooling relief from hot flashes and night sweats, thanks to Relizen which uses plant-based ingredients to provide relief without the use of hormones, harsh chemicals or soy.

Revaree Vaginal Dryness Cream

Revaree provides powerful, hormone-free relief from vaginal dryness, with an easy-to-use vaginal insert that renews your body’s moisture for everyday comfort and intimacy.  Hyaluronic acid, the primary ingredient in Revaree, is found naturally throughout the body; this humectant rejuvenates vaginal tissue and replenishes moisture to provide you lasting relief.

Tart Cherry Gummies

If menopause is causing you to toss and turn at night – eat tart cherries! Tart cherries are high in melatonin, which helps you fall asleep. They are also bursting with Vitamin C – an antioxidant that helps protect bones and prevent hot flashes.  Full of phytoestrogens, tart cherry removes excess toxins from the body that cause hot flashes and irritability.

If you're experiencing early-onset menopause due to chemotherapy, we are here to support you! Reach out to support@onevillage.io with the email subject 'menopause' to get personalized support from our team of carers.

5 comments

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Janet Cuccio

I had no idea but being on a number of hormone medicines that a lot of us are on could weaken pelvic floor muscles to the point of incontinence. Wasn't that a nice little side effect surprise. I have been using the Innovo shorts and they honestly have been a miracle product. A friend of mine who also is on hormone medications is using it too, also with great results. Highly recommend you check out!

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Mary Fields

This is so spot on, it is great to know that Innovo is working to others but in the meantime it's panty liners for me. I have had a ton of hair thinning and loss so looking to find a multivitamin that works for me as well.

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Anne Young

I definitely did not expect to find myself in menopause under the age of 40!! I have a problem with dryness, not from being intimate, but just everyday dryness. My oncologist recommended Relazin and it's been working really well for me for hot flashes. Have been taking it now for probably 4-5 months, it took a month or two to kick in

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Elizabeth Cleveland

Tart cherry gummies are my new must have for my bedtime routine. I love that it's totally natural AND my oncologist said it doesn't have any drug interactions or hormone interactions .... Always be sure to check w/ your doc before taking anything of course, but this is really great for me and has improved my quality of life significantly. It's not pretty what lack of sleep can do to me!!

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Melanie Jones

I got the Innovo shorts and I have to tell you that it's literally been life changing. I was having minor bladder leaks every time I sneezed or coughed, but in just 6 weeks or so I now don't have that problem anymore!!! We shouldn't have to suffer. Definitely check those out.

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