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I saw my doctor on Friday because I’m about fed up with the process of menopause. I originally intended to tough it out, white knuckle it, suck it up and live with it.

But no! Give me the hormones!

I had a few questions for her. I read Suzanne Sommers’ book, “The Sexy Years.” She discusses bio identical hormones but she also talks about women in their 60’s and 70’s who are still having periods. I’m not looking for the fountain of youth, I’m just wanting to feel better during this time in my life.

My doctor explained something to me that I’d like to share. She said that Suzanne Sommers’ approach is to test all the hormones in the body and replace what’s lacking in the normal aging process to bring her up to a youthful state. Sounds good in theory but it also carries with it a lot of risks. Suzanne Sommers has had cancer twice. My doctor is not convinced that her hormone use is totally benign.

What my doctor did, however, was to give me a small dose of estrogen and progesterone in two separate creams. That was friday, this is Sunday. I swear I’m already feeling better. I asked the doc how long I can expect to be using these creams. She’s been using them for fourteen years. It just depends on the symptoms and when periods actually stop. When it becomes prudent to stop using hormones, I’ll taper off gradually and that will be that.

I’ll keep you posted on my experience with all of this. I’m very hopeful. I’ve realized there is no reason to suffer through menopause. I just want to get through it with as high a quality of life as possible.



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      Mztracy wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • So gr8 that you are feeling better!!!

      As for suzanne, does sound risky.

      There is a treatment, estriol, for ms out that was tested by one of my neuros. It is her baby. I so wanted to try it as when pregnant, I felt ok.

      Sadly, due to the breast cancer in my family I cannot do it.  

      Hormones or any treatmant should always be discussed with the doc. I am so glad you did and so glad he is finding something to help.
      plz keep us posted.



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • Thanks for sharing.  I am to see my MD and OBGYN next week.  I will mention as well.  I feel extremely tired (not sure if it is the iron) and I am like a yo yo as far as my emotional goes.  My hair is wet in the morning right as I wake up.  Are these part of the symptoms?

      p.s. Forgot to mention Heart Palpitation.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • Chinadoll, you have many of the symptoms I have. Sometimes I’m so tired during the day I can’t keep my eyes open. And, yes, the heart palpitations. I have those.

      She also gave me a tincture of an herb called Motherwort. I take a dropperful in a glass of water a couple of times a day. That helps with my heart palpitations. I googled it and it seems safe.

      Tracy, I have breast cancer in my family too. I take a very small dose of my hormones to minimize the risk.



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • I will let you know once I visited my MD.  I am to have a blood check first before I see him.  If it is low, I will ask for a B12 shot.  

      Lately, I can’t even drink Chinese tea for it upsets my stomach.  Imagine, a Chinese cannot drink Chinese tea?  It is such a torture.



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      Raysa Santana wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • I too have an appointment with my doctor this week so that I can get a referral to see my Gynecologist.  I suffer from so many perimenopause symptoms it would take forever to list them.  I always thought I would tough it out too but I’m at the point where I can’t stand myself and I’m sure my family is hating me too, although they don’t say anything.  I saw the show Oprah had a couple of weeks ago on Bio Identical Hormones and I’ve been doing a lot of research about them.  What I like about this type of HRT is that these hormones are made to “my” specifications.  They are not generic for everyone.  I’m not looking for the fountain of youth either, I just want to stop feeling miserable.  I don’t like the person I’ve become.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Jan 25, 2009
    • My mom swears that hormones saved her sanity.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Feb 3, 2009
    • You’ve probably heard me mention it before, but I can’t help but bring it up again. I use a product call Plus that has phytosterols (plant hormones we need to make our own hormones) that are missing from our diets. I can’t tell you how much it has helped me (and my teenagers!) We are all sane, and civil which is something that was not the case before we were introduced to Plus. I know many women who have transitioned through menopause without any bumps or hiccups on this product. I am sure I have some of the early symptoms. I have found that my ability to handle stress is directly correlated to whether I’ve taken my Plus.. and on extra stressful days, I just take more. It is a standing joke in our house (not well received) to ask the grouch of the day if they’ve taken their Plus. LOL I’ll be like your mom Yana, and swear that Plus with plant based hormones has saved mine.. but without any of the risks related to HRT.



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      Pharmagirl wrote Feb 11, 2009
    • Cynthia, thanks for posting on this topic. This is such a major life changing event for many women. Many of us need supplemental hormones to get us through the transition, while some of us weather the change very well. We‘re all individuals and will respond to different treatments.  

      I applaud Suzanne Somers for increasing awareness of this topic, but she advocates the Hollywood version of more must be better. Most of the women I know don’t want to be 25 again, they just want to be healthy, happy and sane!  

      You may know that I do some counseling with women going through perimenopause. In my experience many women have an imbalance with their sex hormones (progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, DHEA) in addition to perhaps having hypothyroidism and some adrenal function (cortisol, the stress hormone most often implicated) disturbances.  

      In addition to hormones, exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep and stress management are key to getting through this phase of life.
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      Pharmagirl, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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      Francoise wrote Feb 12, 2009
    • I so agree with you. I think the important thing is to use a product that is natural. Arbonne has a Natural Balancing Cream called Phyto Prolief, Natural Balancing Cream. Check out the link below for product info. It has helped so many women going through perimenopause.AS always please talk with your doctor about this. Also there is a wonderfull book by John R.Lee : What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone.
      For Product Information please copy and paste the links below as the link does not work for some reason. Thank you.

      “Phyto Prolief Natural Balancing www.arbonnemarketing.com/PK/dl/pk/800_us_eng.pdf

      Arbonne also has a product for younger women and men called Prolief Natural Balancing Cream.

      “Prolief Natural Balancing Cream” www.arbonnemarketing.com/PK/dl/pk/805_us_eng.pdf



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      Faye43 wrote Sep 2, 2009
    • Who would want periods in their 60s and 70s. Yukkk!!



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      Encee wrote Nov 10, 2009
    • I have a few of comments:  

      My mom naturally still had her period at 67.  The bloom stays on the branch a bit longer in my family so it seems lol.  She was healthy, and really her cycle only came about every 3 or 4 mos. and she saw a few light days and that was it.  Well, a dr. told her she should have a hysterectomy because she “shouldn’t’ get a period any longer.  You guess it.  She complied and ever since then she says it was the worst, and I mean she is adamant about this, the worst thing she ever did.  She didn’t have complications of surgery, per se, but her body went into what another doctor (who disagreed with the surgery recommendation by the way) called “hormone shock” and she literally had the shakes, and then sweats and would either get very wound up or sleepy for days at a time.  This did pass but all I can say is I will never do such a thing unless there’s a life-threatening reason for it.    

      I’ve got the book “The Sexy Years” and I don’t think she means to say that we are just trying to be young, but instead points out that the option of bioidentical hormones is there,  and that that  treatment does get credit from many qualified doctors and positive feedback from patients.  From what I’ve seen/heard/read about synthetic hormones - there’s no way I’m going down that road.  

      Last, for a natural method of easing menopause symptoms black cohosh (herb) has been well researched and used by thousands of women with good results.  There’s a product in particular that has been given a high score by The American Pharamaceutical’s Guide To Natural Remedies (book), among many other respected sources, and it’s called RemiFemin, and I hope I spelled it correctly, but you can do a search and find it pretty easily.



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