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 Post subject: Re: And you thought periods were a pain in the arse - Menopa
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:28 pm 
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My friend saw a herbalist and the mixture she got has massively helped her forgetfulness (she says she feels 100% sharp and back to normal) and made a slight improvement to her hot flushes. They 're telling her to stick with it for a few months to see if it gets better before making any adjustments.

She was taking this before and it cut out most of the hot flushes at first but they eventually returned. Apparently their helpline is very good. http://www.babyboomster.com/hormonal-ba ... -giveaway/


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 Post subject: Re: And you thought periods were a pain in the arse - Menopa
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I ordered some Superior Labs Maca, so I'll let you know how that goes...

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 Post subject: Re: And you thought periods were a pain in the arse - Menopa
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:12 pm 
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I am 46 and must be in perimenopause...heavy, heavy bleeding w/cramps...and brain fog during my period. So am trying some progesterone cream from Amazon...comes from Wild Yams. I hope that it works.


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 Post subject: Re: And you thought periods were a pain in the arse - Menopa
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:37 am 
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I'll be interested to hear how it works for you.

I was having irregular periods and lots of spotting/stopping and starting bleeding when I went on a low dose birth control pill, mainly for the birth control part but also for control of the irregularity. I have been off it for a month now and still no bleeding. I turned 50 last summer.


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 Post subject: Re: And you thought periods were a pain in the arse - Menopa
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:23 am 
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So I just turned 40 and suspect I may be starting perimenopause. I have been having random nasuea for a while, and it's getting worse. I think it may be hormone related because it feels just like morning sickness, and the one time I tried to take the birth control pill I had really bad nausea too. So clearly I don't react well to hormone changes.

Has anyone else had this happen? I am going to start tracking my cycle, nausea, and what I eat to see if I can find a pattern. But if anyone has any ideas for how to make it better, I'll take them!


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 Post subject: Re: And you thought periods were a pain in the arse - Menopa
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:44 am 
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Although it is 2 years old I thought this article might be of interest here.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/ ... -menopause?


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 Post subject: Re: And you thought periods were a pain in the arse - Menopa
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And a friend is very impressed with this book. Has anyone read it and put anything into practice?

http://www.johnleemd.com/doctor-may-not ... pause.html


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 Post subject: Re: And you thought periods were a pain in the arse - Menopa
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:45 am 
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I've been in surgical menopause since I was 33, so 11 years. The first three years were absolute hell. I regretted my hysterectomy and losing my ovaries with all of my being. It took a very long time to feel like myself again. I went through so many trials with various hormone replacements and even none at all and other avenues, and nothing worked to stop the migraines (never had headaches before my surgery), mood swings, lack of sleep, tons of hotflashes and drenching night sweats, body aches and joint pain and was even misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia, body fat redistribution, exhaustion, thyroid always out of balance. I tried the natural progesterone bit and it made me sicker than all heck. I tried female testosterone from a compounding pharmacy (women who lose their ovaries make no testosterone), and countless forms of estrogen...pills, troches, shots, vaginal rings, creams, patches, sublingual drops, you name it. I did synthetic and the natural route and compounded stuff. I tried herbs and meditation, went through physical therapy and all sorts of stuff.

I had to quit my full time job and go part time for a long time due to exhaustion and all the other symptoms. I frantically went to various doctors, naturopaths, hormone specialists, endocrinologists, trying to find anything to help me feel better. The trauma of losing my ovaries was so bad that I stopped eating and became anorexic for six years, my weight at times getting severely low. Even before that though, my bone density took a nose dive (I had a base line DXA scan one year after my surgery), but combined with the eating disorder and thyroid issues it REALLY got low over the years. I am now on an osteoporosis shot for the last few years. I had held off on it as long as possible, but the bone pain and a few fractures and my scary low scores finally pushed me over the edge and I felt I had no choice but to do something. I also put back on over 22 lbs to get to a low normal weight and have overcome a lot with the ED.

I finally found a hormone patch, Vivelle Dot, that gives me enough of an even amount of synthetic estradiol to keep most of the symptoms I fought with at bay. It is the ONLY hormone that seems to work without causing me a ton of side effects and hell. Our bodies are so individual. I know others who couldn't stand that patch. I no longer get the migraines and drastic mood swings, and only occasionally get hotflashes or night sweats, usually if I am highly stressed. The Vivelle Dot, getting my thyroid hormone balanced, and regular exercise (I am very strict about exercising at least an hour a day five or six days per week, sometimes more as I also cycle to work and hike etc on weekends) helped get rid of the muscle/body aches and joint pain. I am still not the person I was before, but I am much closer, and I can function well now. I went back to full time work in 2014 after completing school.

I still pack on weight much faster than someone with ovaries and not in menopause, and am very careful about my consumption of fat and sugar. Of course, it's hard to tell how much of that is from a destroyed metabolism from years of restricting too. But with hypothyroidism on top of the menopause, it's an uphill battle. I exercise a lot and work some heavy weights, but still have to work really really hard to build muscle compared to others. Being vegan (since February 2011) definitely helped to improve my energy level and digestion. I am in better shape as far as muscle and energy and strength than I was 20 years ago, but I work very very hard for it, and I have to be careful with fragile bones. Last Spring I couldn't lift weights for almost 3 months due to a rib injury.

I've been to a lot of quacks too, and spent a lot of money on stupid supplements and other gimmicks that did absolutely nothing but make me sicker. I would have stood on my head to feel better. I've gotten smarter at weeding out bull crepe in that regard now, and am better at learning to listen to this new body and what it needs, but I still have my days...

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 Post subject: Re: And you thought periods were a pain in the arse - Menopa
PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:04 am 
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Thank you for sharing your experience, Robinwomb. So much more difficult to have a forced menopause than one you know for a long time is coming at you (I'm 51).

I stopped taking a very low dose birth control pill in February and still have not had a period. This week I had a tiny amount of spotting for the first time but nothing more. I have absolutely no symptoms of fluctuating hormone levels (i.e. menstrual cycle fluctuations or menopause symptoms) so I am just enjoying it while it lasts, although I am curious what is going on with my body. I did have a fleeting wonder if I might be pregnant, wouldn't that be fabulous? No and no


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