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Is It Over Yet? The Perimenopause Thread

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  • Machka9Machka9 Posts: 12,640Member Member Posts: 12,640Member Member
    Small update: everything had pretty much settled down for several months, since about August. You'd have thought I'd suddenly reverted back to the way things were in my late 30s. Until the last month ... and now much of the weirdness is back. <<sigh>>
  • LounmounLounmoun Posts: 8,353Member Member Posts: 8,353Member Member
    Bumping this thread because I spent a long time searching for it and forgot I had bookmarked it.
    Do people from this thread participate in the near or post menopausal group?
    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/group/506-near-or-post-menopausal-group

    I'm 43 and my period has been irregular for 4 months along with increased intense migraines. My period was always pretty regular and mild and now it is crazy. My mom is dead and I don't really have anyone in my life to talk about this experience with.
    Just saw the doctor today and she said it could be perimenpause but they want to check other stuff to make sure.
  • Machka9Machka9 Posts: 12,640Member Member Posts: 12,640Member Member
    Hot flashes suck!
  • whitpaulywhitpauly Posts: 708Member Member Posts: 708Member Member
    There's a product called Relizen that I've been taking for a few months and it's got rid of my hot flashes completely,its kinda spendy tho
  • Sabine_StroehmSabine_Stroehm Posts: 19,137Member, Premium Member Posts: 19,137Member, Premium Member
    whitpauly wrote: »
    There's a product called Relizen that I've been taking for a few months and it's got rid of my hot flashes completely,its kinda spendy tho

    That IS expensive. yikes.
  • whitpaulywhitpauly Posts: 708Member Member Posts: 708Member Member
    whitpauly wrote: »
    There's a product called Relizen that I've been taking for a few months and it's got rid of my hot flashes completely,its kinda spendy tho

    That IS expensive. yikes.

    It is,,and its Swedish bee pollen,I've wondered if just buying regular bee pollen would work but in reviews I've read it's not as effective
  • Sabine_StroehmSabine_Stroehm Posts: 19,137Member, Premium Member Posts: 19,137Member, Premium Member
    whitpauly wrote: »
    whitpauly wrote: »
    There's a product called Relizen that I've been taking for a few months and it's got rid of my hot flashes completely,its kinda spendy tho

    That IS expensive. yikes.

    It is,,and its Swedish bee pollen,I've wondered if just buying regular bee pollen would work but in reviews I've read it's not as effective

    Worth a try. There's a lot on the web about it.
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Posts: 16,786Member Member Posts: 16,786Member Member
    whitpauly wrote: »
    whitpauly wrote: »
    There's a product called Relizen that I've been taking for a few months and it's got rid of my hot flashes completely,its kinda spendy tho

    That IS expensive. yikes.

    It is,,and its Swedish bee pollen,I've wondered if just buying regular bee pollen would work but in reviews I've read it's not as effective

    I'm 52 and have never had a hot flash. I wonder if it's related to the Black Cohosh I've been taking for years for my fibroids.

    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317530.php

    ...A 2010 review concluded menopausal women experienced a 26 percent reduction in night sweats and hot flashes when using black cohosh supplements.

    A 2013 review of available studies found that menopausal symptoms reduced more, on average, in women taking black cohosh than in women taking a placebo.
  • Machka9Machka9 Posts: 12,640Member Member Posts: 12,640Member Member
    Mine disappeared when I lost weight ... then flared up for a while when I was eating red meat fairly regularly during a 1-month holiday ... then vanished again for a while until I hit a point in my life where I was suddenly plunged into the most stressful situation I've ever been in. And then they came back with a vengeance.

    Seems like red meat and stress are my triggers.

    I'm on all sorts of stuff for them (and can't use HRT), but they've only eased from about once every 30 minutes down to once an hour or so.
  • HASWLRSHASWLRS Posts: 3,298Member Member Posts: 3,298Member Member
    Sumiblue wrote: »
    I’ve been skipping periods for months. This month I got some spotting. That seems to be over but my breasts are really tender like they usually are pre-period.
    leonadixon wrote: »
    Sumiblue wrote: »
    I’ve been skipping periods for months. This month I got some spotting. That seems to be over but my breasts are really tender like they usually are pre-period.

    Is breast tenderness a symptom? My right has been so painful for 2 weeks now :(

    This is what I've been wondering...my breasts are tender like they get right before my period, and have been for probably a couple of weeks. At first I thought it was because I needed a new running bra. Also, does anyone else get breakouts? My chin looks looks like that of a 15 year old, and I am 52!! Is there anything I can do about this?
  • Machka9Machka9 Posts: 12,640Member Member Posts: 12,640Member Member
    HASWLRS wrote: »
    Sumiblue wrote: »
    I’ve been skipping periods for months. This month I got some spotting. That seems to be over but my breasts are really tender like they usually are pre-period.
    leonadixon wrote: »
    Sumiblue wrote: »
    I’ve been skipping periods for months. This month I got some spotting. That seems to be over but my breasts are really tender like they usually are pre-period.

    Is breast tenderness a symptom? My right has been so painful for 2 weeks now :(

    This is what I've been wondering...my breasts are tender like they get right before my period, and have been for probably a couple of weeks. At first I thought it was because I needed a new running bra. Also, does anyone else get breakouts? My chin looks looks like that of a 15 year old, and I am 52!! Is there anything I can do about this?

    They've got some great new skin washes out there ... much better than what I recall I was available back when I was 15.

    I picked one and started using it every day, and it seemed to help.

    I also started taking Vit A. Just one each day ... you've got to be a bit careful with Vit A.
  • hobbitses333hobbitses333 Posts: 195Member Member Posts: 195Member Member
    I cant wait for it to end..started it at 11 y/o...my baby boy is 26 y/o now and I wont have another baby...by reading this thread it looks like I am nowhere near close to it yet even in my mid 40s..😭
  • Sabine_StroehmSabine_Stroehm Posts: 19,137Member, Premium Member Posts: 19,137Member, Premium Member
    HASWLRS wrote: »
    Sumiblue wrote: »
    I’ve been skipping periods for months. This month I got some spotting. That seems to be over but my breasts are really tender like they usually are pre-period.
    leonadixon wrote: »
    Sumiblue wrote: »
    I’ve been skipping periods for months. This month I got some spotting. That seems to be over but my breasts are really tender like they usually are pre-period.

    Is breast tenderness a symptom? My right has been so painful for 2 weeks now :(

    This is what I've been wondering...my breasts are tender like they get right before my period, and have been for probably a couple of weeks. At first I thought it was because I needed a new running bra. Also, does anyone else get breakouts? My chin looks looks like that of a 15 year old, and I am 52!! Is there anything I can do about this?
    I'd bet you're nearing the end....eat right (and watch the calories) and try to sleep would be my two bits of advice. good luck!
  • mamasara2mamasara2 Posts: 194Member Member Posts: 194Member Member
    I am 40 and my hormones started going crazy a little over two years ago. Which is right on track with most of the ladies in my family, so it wasn't much of a surprise after we figured out what was going on.

    I didn't know what perimenopaus
    E was until a friend of mine turned me onto Christianne Northup's books. (May have misspelled her name but I'm being lazy and not going to take the time to look it up)

    It's such a relief to find others who are going through the same thing. After all the messed up menstrual cycles and insane issues that come with that, I'm looking forward to menopause.

    Ditching some fat stores seems to be helping a bit. I was told it'd help get rid of some of the excess estrogen stored in my bod- hopefully that'll speed up the process. Who knows.
  • mamasara2mamasara2 Posts: 194Member Member Posts: 194Member Member
    @hobbitses333 I've been told we can get a pretty good idea of how our journey goes by looking at the ladies in our family- mom, grandmother, even aunts. My aunt had the same excessive bleeding issues that I have during Perimenopause but my mom, oddly enough, didn't. They both went through to menopause by their mid-forties and I was told my grandmother was the same.

    Any chance you know your family history in that area?
  • mamasara2mamasara2 Posts: 194Member Member Posts: 194Member Member
    @kshama2001 my herbalist has me take vitex pretty regularly to help with the hormonal stuff. It works great!
    The herbal stuff works way better for me than the pharmaceuticals. But there are so many options out there, I'm lucky to have a knowledgeable herbalist close by.
  • SuzOhSuzOh Posts: 59Member Member Posts: 59Member Member
    haviegirl wrote: »
    I'll be 54 in two weeks. And my periods are as regular as ever. I'm so over it.

    I'll be 54 next month and just over the last 3 months have I finally missed periods. I was getting excited, then just when I thought they might be gone I got a "mini period" this week but ALL the symptoms of PMS were at full strength. I look forward to saying goodbye to the "red wave" for good soon. Sadly I have noticed the menopausal belly and waistline as of late. That's got to go too!
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Posts: 16,786Member Member Posts: 16,786Member Member
    mamasara2 wrote: »
    @kshama2001 my herbalist has me take vitex pretty regularly to help with the hormonal stuff. It works great!
    The herbal stuff works way better for me than the pharmaceuticals. But there are so many options out there, I'm lucky to have a knowledgeable herbalist close by.

    I took Vitex for years. My fibroids have gotten bigger when I stopped, but they've been steadily getting bigger since they were first spotted in 2000, so I don't think I can attribute that to the cessation of Vitex.
  • amymoreorlessamymoreorless Posts: 1,304Member Member Posts: 1,304Member Member
    Oh, I am glad I found this thread! Help?

    Any long distance runners in the house? I hear exercise is supposed to make hot flashes better. I am training for a marathon and still suffering. The hot flashes are kitting my *kitten* this summer. Does anything help? I just want to stop sweating in my sleep!
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