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  • If you are post menopause, please share

    15 posts, 12 voices, 1777 views, started Mar 12, 2010

    Posted on Friday, March 12, 2010 by Cynthia Schmidt




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      I talk about perimenopause a lot because I’ve been in it for awhile. The weight gain, the hot flashes, the mood swings, sleeping in the middle of the day, crying for no apparent reason, feeling like my head is disconnected from my body, memory issues - you get the picture.

      But I think I’m almost on the other side of all of this.

      My sister in law told me that when she gained weight during perimenopause she just kept eating healthy and exercising like she normally would but once menopause came and went she lost 29 pounds effortlessly. This gives me some hope. She said her hormones seemed to just re balance themselves and that was that.

      I know this experience is very different for a lot of us. If you are finished with it all, please share your experience and how you are feeling now.





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          Vikki Hall wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • Yes! Please share!!!! I am in the very beginning of peri but want all the info I can get so I know what to expect along the way.



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          Angelcart wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • I don’t know if I’m peri or full blown menopause.  I’ve had my right ovary removed and tubes tied at age 40 and ever since then I haven’t had a period.  But the last couple of years I have fierce hot flashes.  It’s so embarrassing.....all of the sudden my face is totally drenched, my neck.  It’s such a drag.  It is so miserable.  I was on hormones and they worked great but my Dr. said I should get off them because they can cause cancer.  What are you gonna do?  I can’t wait til this is all done!!!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • If I go a couple of months more without a period, I’ll be in the post category. I’m pretty encouraged, though. What turned into a pretty miserable experience has subsided and decreased to almost nothing. I haven’t had those bad hot flashes in a couple of months, I feel a lot better and more emotionally balanced and my weight is starting to drop back to something closer to normal. I guess I’m hopeful.



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          LuAnn Venden wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • I had a total hysterectomy a few years ago, and am pretty much post-menopause now.  I can attest to the weight loss...I’ve actually dropped 30 pounds in the last six months, because I just woke up one morning and felt like I could exercise (which hasn’t really been the case my entire life).  I’m moderately active instead of sedentary these days, and eating healthy, and all that sort of fell into place after the hot flashes finally stopped.



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          Max0125 wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • Thanks for the info and encouragement ladies. I think that I am in perimeno now. I found a lot of great advice in Dr Christianne Northrup’s books and website.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • Exactly, Shamela! My husband couldn’t understand why I wasn’t exercising. Honestly it felt like my head was going to explode. As soon as the hot flashes subsided, back on the treadmill I went and I dusted off the free weights.

          I have 2 of Dr. Northrup’s books. She’s a lifesaver for women in menopause.



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          Ellenshipley wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • I think I'm in menopause, no period for several years now, but I do have the occasional cold flashes.  Absolute shivers that can come in waves like I hear hot flashes can come.  Oh, and I'm waiting for that magical weight loss.  ;- j



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          Senada60 wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • I am almost 50 and two months ago I had total hysterectomy. I am still recovering from the surgery.The weight that I lost right after the surgery I gained back.Can somebody, who has similar experience, tell me when can I start to exercise.
          P.S.
          For those of you that have menopausal symptoms the pills called “Transition” might help.



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          Kyah wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • Guess I’m still going through menopause, and only know two of them Dwarfs—Bitchy & Sweaty! I hate hot flashes and the weight gain was all around what used to be washboard abs. I feel better, can wear nice undies without worrying about what I used to call ‘spots & dots.’



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          Carmy_m wrote Mar 14, 2010
        • I had my ovaries removed a few years ago (partial hysterectomy) and I’m taking the bio-identical hormones also. Since I was still in my thirties when it happened my Dr told me i still needed the hormones. But I am having problem with my weight even though i exercise, but its still not too bad.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 14, 2010
        • Senada, you may want to ask your doctor about resuming exercise or maybe one of the ladies here who have had surgery can share when they started back. I would think that walking would be ok. Anything that doesn’t pull on your abdominal region like crunches might be too strenuous.

          I think I was not using the hormones correctly or my own hormones were bouncing around a lot. And I think I’m estrogen dominant.

          But this is really strange; the hot flashes have just stopped, at least for the past couple of months, and my weight is dropping. I feel more balanced in a lot of ways, emotionally and physically. And I’m almost at that one year mark without a period. This is exactly what my mom went through but she was taking premrin. I’ll be 49 this month. My sister was completely finished with menopause at 49.

          I think it’s important to share this with each other. We‘re all at different stages with different experiences. I don’t know about other people but this sharing really helps me to understand menopause better.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 14, 2010
        • I also want to mention that I think my hair is a little thinner than it used to be. I know this is common after menopause. My mom’s hair is very thin now and my sister’s hair is thinning on the top.

          I’ve had very thick hair since I was young so I’m actually finding it easier to manage now. But, to be safe, I’m taking biotin. My mom swears by it. She says she’d have no hair at all(slightly exaggerated) if it weren’t for this B vitamin.



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          VICKY CORYEA wrote Mar 14, 2010
        • I am not sure where I fall in this catagory.  I am 53........STILL taking birth control because my periods were as reguler as clockwork 3 years ago. My only dilemma is my nurse practitioner does not think I need to take the depo provera injections.......because of my age. Personally I feel REALLY good and no menopausal symptoms. I dont believe her argument of not taking precautions becaus she doesnt think I need to is reason enough to stop!!!  no babies wanted at this age and that happens all the time!



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