I think that having an open conversation with your doctor and explaining how these symptoms are progressing is the best idea. It's possible you are going through premature menopause , but your doctor is the best person to speak with about this. I hope that you get the answers you are looking for!View Thread
"If you're in menopause, you might wonder if hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help or harm your health. Research on the pros and cons of HRT has been on a rollercoaster-like path for decades. Some studies say it's good for you. Others warn it isn't. New research cites even more risks.
Is it safe or not? Two women's health experts answer common questions."
Read the article above to get answers to some common HRT questions.
" Hormone replacement therapy for women may not be as potentially risky as previously thought, a new Mayo Clinic review contends.
The new study, which evaluated three decades of prior research, concluded that hormone therapy to treat symptoms of menopause doesn't increase overall risk of death or the risk of death from heart attack, stroke or cancer.
The results, Benkhadra said, should allay concerns of some women with debilitating menopausal symptoms who have feared taking hormones.
But not everyone is sold on the safety of hormone therapy. Heart and cancer doctors who reviewed the new findings said that hormone therapy should still be used sparingly on those most in need, until further research proves otherwise."
"Four out of five women experience hot flashes and night sweats in the years before their periods cease, leaving some with almost 12 years of unpleasant symptoms, the study found. And women who could pinpoint their final period reported symptoms persisted for an average of 4.5 years afterward."
The link above explains the study and its results in detail.
What have you found works to keep your hot flashes and other menopause symptoms under control?View Thread
I am glad that you found the slideshows helpful! Have you had a conversation with your doctor about HRT yet? I think that an open and honest discussion about the pros and cons of taking HRT as well as stating your fears could really help you make the decision that is right for you. The decision is certainly not the same for everyone, and your health care provider will hopefully walk you through everything and help you to feel confident and secure in your decision.
In the meantime, this article on the pros and cons of HRT as well as this short quiz to help you start thinking about whether or not HRT is right for you may help you to come up with some questions and talking points to bring up with your doctor. Hope these help!View Thread
While you wait for others in the community to join in with some personal experiences, you might find it helpful to take a look at our perimenopause section of the menopause health center. It contains articles, slideshows, videos, etc. on treatment options, symptoms, coping with perimenopause and more. You may also find this slideshow overview of menopause and perimenopause helpful to get an idea of what to expect -- keep in mid that menopause effects every woman differently, so it may not be exactly as described. Hope these help! View Thread
I think the best thing would be to speak with your doctor about how your medication is affecting you and explore other options -- this article on treating menopause symptoms has some information on prescription medications. You may also be interested in taking a look at these 10 ways to deal with menopause symptoms -- it addresses night sweats, mood swings, and more. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
While your doctor is the best person to walk you through and explain how menopause may affect you specifically as you already said, we do have a slideshow about better skin after menopause that I think you will find helpful.
The slideshow (link above) explains that "In menopause your body stops making as much collagen. You lose some fat under your skin and your skin's elasticity drops" It gives a number of suggestions to help you rejuvenate your skin.
You may also be interested in this slideshow about 10 ways to deal with menopause symptoms.
"Researchers found that menopause typically begins two to four years earlier in women whose bodies have high levels of certain chemicals found in household items, personal care products, plastics and the environment, compared to women with lower levels of the chemicals.
The investigators identified 15 chemicals -- nine (now banned) PCBs, three pesticides, two forms of plastics chemicals called phthalates, and the toxin furan -- that were significantly associated with an earlier start of menopause and that may have harmful effects on ovarian function."
The story link above has more information about what this may mean for your health and what small things you can do to limit exposure.
Do you make an effort to limit your day-to-day chemical exposure? View Thread