As bothersome as (peri)menopause symptoms are during cooler weather, it's been brutal during the hot and humid weather (in NY, since April of this year). The hot flashes are more often and more pronounced. I have to spread a beach towel out on the bed to protect the sheets from my night sweats. My mood swings can be extreme enough to meet the criteria for PMDD, though I'm careful enough to reach out for support when this happens.
Aunt Flo last made her presence known to me on May 9th of this year. I just want all of this to be over. I'm glad that people here understand.
Anyone become more tired and/or experience a noticeable lack of energy during menopause? I have mild hot flashes, but not that often right now, and they don't disturb my sleep. I do have trouble sleeping for other reasons, but I've been seeking help with that.
Regardless of other contributing factors, I do want to know if menopause can cause or increase tiredness. As of now, Aunt Flo has not visited me for three months.
Hi Dr. Minkin, and happy holidays. I did have my thyroid tested in September of this year as part of routine blood work. The results were normal. I also had blood work in early December (though I did not ask to have thyroid level), and again results for standard tests were all normal.
Guess I'll keep focusing on de-stressing and on maintaining a regular sleep schedule.
Thank you for your response to the previous poster. I am 51 and not yet in menopause, but am concerned about the hair issue. Does the androgen production eventually go down? That is, will the unwanted hair become less of an issue as we get older?