Sidney, I am not sure. I was on hrt while experiencing the hair loss. It may have been worse if I had not been on estrogen therapy, but I don't know that. All I do know is that the Rogaine stopped the hair loss and I am appreciative for that.
Sydney - In addition to the other unpleasant symptoms of menopause, I experienced hair thinning too. At my doctors suggestion I started using Rogaine for women. It has stopped the hair loss but my understanding is that its use must be continued or the hair loss will return.
I don't think there is any over the counter meds that will help with bacterial vaginosis. You need antibiotics to combat this and at least in the U.S. they require a prescription. You might check with the local city or county health department or Planned Parenthood.
Alienmood, I am fairly certain it is hormonal. My husband suffered patiently from my mood swings, crying for no reason, being cross over trivial things and generally being a brat. It finally stabilized somewhat with HRT. I had a hysterectomy (ovaries left intact) close to the age you did and experienced the onset of menopause starting close to your age. When you say "complete hysterectomy", does that include removing your ovaries? I have seen the term "complete hysterectomy" used on this board to mean removal of the uterous and cervix. My advice is to make an appointment with your gynocologist and find out whats going on and what your options are. There is help!
Welcome to menopause. It's not much fun and you have a lot of company. HRT helps but you need to discuss it with your gyno. Vaginal low dose estrogen creams, lots of lube and frequent sex help with the vaginal dryness and seems to also help the libido. This is where the phrase "use it or lose it" really comes into play.
My experience with the Femring has been good - no hot flashes, mood swings, etc. since I have been using it. I have also heard that the estrogen dosage fades before three months. That has not been my experience. If it does diminish, I have not noticed. The only negative is there is no generic equivalent so the co-pay is higher.View Thread
Someonewhocares3 is right that it takes some time to find the hormone replacement that is right for you. I have tryed several types and the easiest and most effective I have used is the FEMRING. It is estrogen only and is inserted in the vagina for three months and then replaced. You don't know it is there and it does not effect sex. It is easy to insert and remove and it really helped with all the miserable menopause symptons. Since you no longer have a uterous you don't have to worry about taking progesterone. I also had a hysterectomy but started menopause at 51. It's not fun but you have to keep a positive attitude as that will help almost as much as the HRT.
Unless your ovaries were removed at the time of your hysterectomy, you will undergo menopause and you are at the appropriate age. HRT will help but that is something you must decide. There is a whole array of symptoms you may suffer and none are much fun. The night sweats, mood swings and vaginal dryness were the worst for me. Good luck, Rhonda View Thread
Welcome back Byroney! About me. I am a fifty-five year old mother of two and grandmother of three. I have been married 36 years and have been blessed with a great life, great kids and a very good husband. I started menopause four years ago at 51 and have suffered most of the afflictions, hot flashes, mood swings, inability to sleep all night, tender super sensitive breasts, vaginal dryness, diminished libido, etc. I have been on and off HRT for four years. There is so much conflicting, scary and changing information that it is hard to decide whats the right choice regarding HRT. Despite menopause, life is still good.View Thread