I am 37 yrs old and have found out I am in full blown menopause. My FSH level is 93 and my estrogen level is 15. My last period was March 2010. I found out 2 months later I was pregnant with my third and final child (back info: I had 2 miscarriages in a year and after 6 months of Clomid I did not get pregnant, a fertility doctor told us my FSH level was 24 (I was 34 y/o) and I was in pre-menopause and the chances of me having carrying a baby to term was about 3%). Since the birth of my daughter in January 2011, I have not had my period. I noticed in the last couple of months, I have drastic mood swings, cry easily, have hot flashes, no libido, extremely high anxiety and feelings of death (like my life is over now, which frightens me as my children are so young), depression, cry easily, emotional outbursts, I am irrational, have insomnia, etc. I hate it because these feelings seem to be more pronounced in the night while everyone sleeps and I am wide awake evaluating my future and praying to God to heal my body so I can continue to raise my wonderful children! I hate feeling this way and it is very difficult because I have NO ONE to talk to (my friends aren't going through it yet and my mom is no longer around) about menopausal symptoms, relief, alternatives to medicine, etc. The doctor put me one Premarin 1.25 daily dose, but after 6 days I stopped taking it because my abdomen hurt so bad I was doubled over and I had pain in my kidney region, will it be this way for the rest of my life.....will I have to decide on having all these symptoms or the extreme pain of a HRT? I feel awful because I have a loving husband and great children, who are all just as confused as I am over my recent emotional state. So I wonder: How long will these feelings last? Will I ever feel 'normal' again? Are there safe natural remedies to increase my estrogen level? Are some prescription estrogen pills better than others? Do estrogen pellets inserted in your hip help? If so, do the pellets still get processed by the liver? Can the pellets still increase my risk of cancer? If I do not try an HRT what are my risks of not having estrogen on my body? I feel so alone in this journey and frightened by my body, I can't stand it! Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I am desperate! Thank you!View Thread
Thank you!!! It is great to receive advice from someone who has gone through the same thing. I have scheduled an appointment with another to doctor to discuss my options. However, I want to go into it with as much information about treatment options and be able to discuss the pros and cons of each (rather than them telling me what's best, then going home and doing the research, only to learn, its not for me). Until then, I eat lots of soy products and ground flax seeds.
I do still have my uterus and ovaries. However, this is an issue I will be discussing with the doctor of should I keep my ovaries or not, since they are not producing much estrogen and I worry about ovarian cancer, since it is difficult to detect.
I greatly appreciate you taking the time to respond to my post, you provided me with a lot of great information which I was unaware of before and my doctor did not discuss with me. Thanks again. I will keep you posted!View Thread
Thank you for all the great advice. I have made an appointment with another doctor to talk about my options. Therefore, I am absolutely researching all the HRT options so when I meet with my doctor I will have many questions to ask about all the available options. I was unaware of other transdermal methods. Until then, I have drastically increased my intake of soy products and flax seeds.
What are your thoughts on removing ovaries to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer? This weighs heavily on my mind, since my ovaries are not producing very much estrogen now.
Thanks for the menopause website and advice. I greatly appreciate it!View Thread