Crohn's and Early Menopause

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flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/1/2011 4:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 40 and just found out that I'm post-menopause. My OB/GYN said that it's common for women who have been diagnosed with an autoimmune illness, such as Crohn's, to go through menopause early. This is the first time I had heard of it and was wondering if any of the ladies here knew this or have experienced it, as well.

Thanks,
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 4/1/2011 4:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I am experiencing perimenopause...and I'm 43. With everything that our bodies have gone through, it doesn't surprise me. I think my symptoms have been going on for the last 3 years (but slowing getting more obvious) since I turned 40. That is also the year I had my proctocolectomy.

It's important than ever that we take our vitamins and take care of our bones!
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/1/2011 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Anne,
I'm glad I'm not alone in this and am thankful to have been taking vitamin and calcium supplements for years. My doctor did a bone density scan to see how things looked, and I'm starting off in good shape, so my goal is to keep them that way.

I'm actually okay with going through menopause early, because I have two daughters with no plans to have more, and I don't miss having a monthly period. The hot flashes are something new, but I chuckle every time they happen and sing to myself, "I'm having a heatwave... a tropical heatwave..." :-)

Are you going to have blood work done to test your hormone levels? That's how I found out and was relieved that it wasn't something else going on.

Cece
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

suebear
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   Posted 4/2/2011 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting, I have never heard of this link. I did not have early menopause, I just hit it actually at age 52.5 years. My doctor said I was right on schedule.

Sue

badbaggirl
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   Posted 4/2/2011 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I went through it at age 23 and have had Crohn's as long as I can remember!

andorable
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   Posted 4/3/2011 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 48 now but started menopause at age 42 which is also early and my doc also blamed my crohns for this happening. So nice not having a period anymore though yeah
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