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Posted: 13 May 2012 12:21 PM

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Hello, I’m new to this board. I’ve just turned 48, and I haven’t had a period since last October. GP says I’m perimenopausal. Over the years, I’ve had a few symptoms that I’ve now come to recognise as decreasing oestrogen: Hip pain, severe knee pains, dryness of lips. And now I’ve started the hot flushes. They were severe in January, but now they’re gentler and last a second or two.

I have a history of large fibroids and have had very heavy bleeding for the last ten years, but declined a hysterectomy last year. Now that the periods have stopped, I’ve been ecstatic, but in the last month I’ve experienced the above symptoms.

Because of my fibroids, my GP says I cannot have HRT (though she has prescribed me Vagifem & Ovestin cream as I find sex very painful). But can someone suggest a substitute for HRT to replace the oestrogen my body is losing? I am desperate to find a replacement, as I’ve read that it is the hormone oestrogen that is responsible for skin elasticity and tautness. Besides, I am desperate to stop the pains in my hip and knee, as I can hardly walk!

Thanks in advance.

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:21 PM

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Hello again. Any response would be greatly appreciated. I’m at sixes and sevens with this one. My relationship is suffering because of the sudden loss of my self-confidence, and I’d love to get it back!

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Posted: 13 May 2012 12:22 PM

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Hi fuschiapink,

I started experiencing menopausal symptoms at a relatively young age (41) one of which was suffering with vaginal atrophy. I was reluctant to use HRT but as I was still sexually active I wanted something to enable me to continue having an active sex life with my husband. I was given Hyalofemme to try free of charge which is a hormone free, vaginal moisturiser. It has been brilliant, I use it 2-3 times a week and unlike similar products such as Replens it is easy to apply.

Hope this is helpful and will help you with at least some of the symptoms you are experiencing.

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:23 PM

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Dear Fuschiapink,

I do know how difficult it is to cope with all the menopause symptoms that come with the drop in your oestrogen and find out what treatments to use. I’ve been there and that’s why I set up Menopause Support to help women like you.

There are many treatments you can use to help yourself – such as including phytoestrogen foods in your diet – these are naturally occuring plant chemicals that support your oestrogen levels and found in soya, seeds and some fruits and vegetables. Many women find the Ladycare magnet really helps with their symptoms and there are supplements that specifically help symptoms such as aching joints and hot flushes too.

It’s difficult to go into all the options here but if you’d like to know more from a professionally trained Menopause Support advisor then why not book up a confidential telephone session? It costs ВЈ40 for an hour – you’ll receive tailor-made advice, tips and support on what natural alternatives to HRT you might like to consider.

Susanne

 

Posted: 13 May 2012 12:24 PM

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Hello and Happy New Year to anyone who reads this. After a long time, I’m back to say that I am now post-menopausal since last November, as I hadn’t had a period for over a year up to that time.

But I’m experiencing terrible joint pains, and continuous hot flushes. The latter I find occur only when I’m in the warmth, like a well-heated room for instance. If I’m out in the cold, I never get a hot flush. As for the aching joints, I despair.

And I’m not sure if this is merely auto-suggestion, but I also find myself becoming clumsy and even more short-tempered than usual. But then, I have a stressful full-time job, I’m studying for a post-graduate diploma, I run a home, I take French lessons, and now with the New Year upon us, I’ve resumed my gym attendance, as I have at least 20 pounds to lose!

So I’m not sure how much is due to the menopause or to lifestyle. All I know is that I will continue to try and get fit, regardless of the aching joints, and I will do my best to eat a low-fat diet and enjoy the rest of life. Can’t do much more, really! Of late I’ve been really preoccupied with my own mortality, pondering about how much longer I have here on God’s earth. Very morose, but for this I do blame the menopause!

Olderbutwiser, thanks for the suggestion re Hyalofemme – any idea where I can get it from? Am still with the topical HRT, but I don’t find it makes any difference really.

And thanks for your response Susanne.