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Menopause as a result of medical treatment

Menopause as a result of medical treatment

Some medical treatments and procedures can cause menopause, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat cancer, and surgery that involves the ovaries.

If you are about to have treatment likely to cause menopause, your doctor should explain to you what to expect and how it will affect your fertility. They should offer you support and also refer you to a healthcare professional who specialises in menopause.

The NICE guideline on fertility includes advice about when medical treatment may cause infertility (see other NICE guidance).

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