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Feeling Awful --Can Ovaries Survive Radiation? Feeling Awful --Can Ovaries Survive Radiation?

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Unread 07-11-2004, 04:39 PM
Feeling Awful --Can Ovaries Survive Radiation?

I'm 36 y.o. and single no kids. Diagnosed with Stage 1B Cervical Cancer in Dec. 03. Had radical hyst in 1/04 and expected all to be clear. Microscopic infection found in 2 of 21 l(ones closest to cervix) lymph nodes, so to everyone's surprise and horror had to go through chemo and radiation. 6 cyles of Cysplatin (head hair not lost) and 28 cycles of radiation. Physically got through it no problem, but emotionally still tough losing fertility and all.

Question: the doc told me that although my ovaries were not removed in surgery, the radiation would likely cause them to cease to function. But 3 months after radiation ending, I find I'm having mood swings like I did when I was menstruating. Is it possible my ovaries survived (God, I hope so). Or is this me going thru surgical menopause?

Also, after 3 months of healing after radio/chemo, with pubic hair largely lost in the process, now I think it's regrowing but have lot of painful ingrow hairs, particularly around incision area. Has any ever had this.

I'm only 36, but for for the first time in my life like I am soooo ugly that noone will ever want (or desire me again).
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Unread 07-11-2004, 07:44 PM
Feeling Awful --Can Ovaries Survive Radiation?

Oh, Sweetie!
I'm sooo sorry!
Give yourself some time.
I'm sure that you will feel beautiful again!
You are not alone.
If you haven't already found a local support group near where you live or at the hospital...please do!
Best wishes.
Unread 07-12-2004, 10:15 AM
Feeling Awful --Can Ovaries Survive Radiation?

Dear Annie....I am very sorry that you are going through this. It is very hard. Just because you can not give birth yourself does not mean you can't be a mother. My daughter is adopted and I know of many women who have adopted after their diagnosis and surgery. They all say it was the best thing that they could have ever done. As far as no one ever wanting you, I think that's depression talking. Many women go on to have meaningful relationships after the diagnosis and surgery. I am sure you will too. The best medicine for getting better is a positive attitude. Maybe you should think about seeing a therapist to help in your acceptance of your diagnosis. Please feel better. If youo need support this is the place to come to.

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Unread 07-12-2004, 10:41 AM
Feeling Awful --Can Ovaries Survive Radiation?


I think only time is going to tell with your ovaries. Did you have surgical menopause before with your other surgeries? The surgical menopause has all the symptom's of regular menopause. Hot flashes, night sweats, just being hot most of the time, headaches, ect. This may help you distinguish between the PMS symptom's and surgical menopause. I'm sure it's possible you are experiencing some of these as just part of your healing with all you have been through. Just my

I have never experienced ingrown hairs before. I have heard it is painful. Maybe contact the nurse at your Doc.'s office and see what they suggest.

Oh, blessings and favor to you.

Know you are loved.

Blessings to you,


Unread 07-21-2004, 05:40 PM
me again!

Hi Annie,
Me again...I just sent another reply on an old post of yours.

As for the ingrown pubic hairs -- mine are starting to come back too (my radiation ended in May) and yes I'm getting some ingrown hairs. I find that using a loofah sponge lightly over the area while soaking in the tub really helps prevent them. Aside from that, I don't know of anything that works.

As for the ovaries, why couldn't yours have survived the radiation?! Call your doctor and see if they can refer you to a fertility specialist to check out your options.

When I hit surgical menopause there was no mistaking it -- hot flashes, insomnia etc. It was bad -- perhaps you aren't in menopause at all. I hope not.

I understand what you're feeling about the ugly thing -- I've been through that too. I have my good days and my bad days. It's the incision that bothers me the most actually. Fortunately I do have a very loving and understanding husband who reminds me that in his eyes I am just as pretty and sexy as before....I think he may need glasses!

Take care of yourself. Keep your chin up.


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