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
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.
This article has some good tips on common hot flash triggers to avoid, such as caffeine and spicy foods, as well as some actions you can take to hopefully help keep them at bay. Please let us know how you are doing and what works for you!View Thread
Hi - Here is a discussion about hot flashes and chest pain from a while ago that has a number of replies, including some from Dr. Minkin. You might want to take a look at the posts and see if any of the experiences posted there mirror your own and if their advice may be helpful for you. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread