I began "Full blown" menopause last year at the age of 47! I went to the Dr. complaining of constant hot flashes & fatigue thinking "Perimenopause" only to find through bloodwork that I'm in "Full blown" Menopause as my Dr. so kindly put it! Most women would have a clue that they were in menopause because of their periods ceasing but 5 years earlier I had, had an oblation (where they freeze the lining of the uterus) for women suffering from constant break through bleeding. At the time I was just so happy to have the break through bleeding stop and no more periods. That's every woman's dream and the Dr. did tell me at the time the only downside would be that I wouldn't know when my periods were ceasing to know when I was starting menopause but there was blood test for that. I remember thinking at the time that it was light years away so it didn't matter! Little did I know, thinking back that I was going through peri-menopause then, that's why I was break through, bleeding and hot flashing once in a while in my sleep only to stop for a couple of years later and begin again full force (aka Menopause)! The Dr. & I discussed my options, risk etc. of hormone replacement, all I knew was that my quality of life at this time was horrible and I couldn't bear go on this way and something had to be done! He said we would try a small dose of hormone to ease the symptoms for a couple of years to get me through the rough spots & revisit it to see if I would like to try going off of it and see how I do. You're not supposed to stay on them forever and the younger you are the less at risk. Well here I am a year later and I can honestly say that a hot flashes do not even occur to me or my body! Of course I am still a walking hot box, it's like my body temperature stays a constant 99 degrees to where I could live in an ice box and be perfectly content. Although I would need socks on my feet to keep them warm! I always have been more of a hot box, never a freeze box. But my complaint one year later is low energy and my libido is GONE! My brain says GO, but my body says NO! I am so tired of feeling like taking on the world after I wake up from a good nights sleep, getting to bed every night on schedule only to be out of stamina by 1:00 p.m. as I'm sitting at work at my desk wishing I could go home and go to bed wondering how in the world I'm going to make it through the evening. My husband runs circles around me! I watch the world go on around me wondering how in the world I used to do what I did. Something has to change! I have done everything personally to change this. I was exercising 3-4 days a week with Zumba only to have my daughter have to drive on the way so I could nap and wake me up when we got there. It made a tiny difference. Exercise always made a difference but it wasn't anymore! It didn't give me enough stamina to make it through my day like I needed! I was too exhausted to keep it up after I made it home from work. Another thing is that I am low on Vitamin D-3 which effects energy levels so I took supplements for a year to no avail so I researched along with my Dr.'s advice and I bought a light to give me sunlight )artificial light) which made an world of difference and the biggest thing was that I changed my diet to cut out all whites (sugars, flours, processed foods etc.) and lost 18 lbs. in the process and feel great because of it and I can't imagine how I could feel if I hadn't made these changes BUT and this is a big BUT none of this is enough! Something is still missing. I still have nothing left when my afternoon arrives! Exercise, diet and vitamins, sunshine, everything that should make 100% of a difference in a persons life but not this girl who is going through menopause. So I started researching. I found the male hormone testosterone (a very small amount) could be my missing link in my mix of my hormone supplement at this point. Apparently testosterone is what women's hormones are made up of also. Just a small amount and it is what gives us our libido and our ENERGY!! It also influences the way our body holds onto fat (that explains it) and why women going through menopause complain of a "Flat Mood". I have that...I find myself neither up or down, just blahhh... And all of this makes sense because even though my hot flashes have disappeared, I am not willing to just lie down (literally) and accept this lack of energy and no interest in sex and my energetic personality just can't stand being blahh. We need that mix of testosterone in with the other female hormones just like men need a small amount of estrogen in with their male hormones. Too much and we are messed up! It's a tricky mix! Usually nature makes it ! I don't like the idea of too much testosterone...growing chin hair..nahhh! Yikes! etc. Just enough and we're feeling like ourselves again! Wouldn't that be nice?! I read that by the time we are in our forties we are making half the amount of testosterone than we were in our twenties and even less of that amount after we reach menopause. I realize that through menopause all of these things are going to stop producing because that's what menopause does and it's a perfectly natural life stage and it depends on how each individual is able to tolerate the lack of those hormones as they disappear from our bodies little by little. I myself am not doing the greatest. but I could be doing alot worse and I'm not, so I look at it that way! I am going to my Gynecologist today to discuss this hormone cocktail. See if the information that I have is legitimate and I'll get back to you. He is very good at this kind of stuff so I am confident that he will help me if there is help to be had. I know that the internet is full of information, some of it being misleading, some of being incorrect but some of it is correct and helpful. I will find out today if testosterone is my missing link to my hormone cocktail, as they call it. They say that this hormone cocktail is a case by case basis, not a one size fits all, which of course makes sense. We are not the same, everyone has a different make up. They don't like to give it in a pill form due to the liver processing it. It can be distributed in a patch, cream etc. Sometimes it can mess with a persons cholesterol so it can be tricky. I've never had cholesterol problems so hopefully that won't be the case. They can do certain labwork to determine your levels and go from there. Wish me luck!
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