I Am Going Through Menopause

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 196 People

    (Or what they are now calling perimenopause

    but it's all the same thing so why so technical, yo) And wondering what all the fuss is about, re the "terrible trauma", it being the end of your life, blah blah. There is some annoying stuff, to wit: Getting my period every three weeks? Are you kidding me? ...and it lasts...
    TruthTelling TruthTelling
    41-45, F
    1 Response Feb 19

    Bio Identical Hormones

    I just wanted to share that I am have very good luck with Bio Identical Hormones. I tried a few different HRT's that my OB and PCP prescribed but I kept having allergic reactions and couldn't take them. I also gained 70 pounds in a year and a half with exercising regularly and...
    chenderson chenderson
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Nov 26, 2012

    Mental Menopause

    www.mentalmenopausebyme.com The real truth One woman's journey through Hell One woman's shared story of RELIEF...finally Funny, witty, raw and full of truth...that even most women won't admit... www.mentalmenopausebyme.com
    mentalmenopause mentalmenopause
    51-55
    Jul 11, 2011

    There Has Got To Be A Cure For This!

    Hot Flashes, Confusion, Memory Loss, Anger, Depression, Nausea, Crying, Insomnia, Introvert, Blubber Belly, Mood Swings, Who will you be tomorrow yourself of one of the many new people you've become? There should be special medical coverage and special time-off from work with...
    MzOry MzOry
    46-50
    7 Responses Aug 8, 2012

    It's Called "Menopause", But It Can Feel Like "Mental Pause"

    Like so many of the vestiges of having breast cancer and going through treatment, I am a bit angry about my menopause. I am 46, so it isn't that I never considered the possibility of menopause, but I thought it would come later not suddenly as I was dealing with my cancer. I...
    ginger1979 ginger1979
    41-45, F
    8 Responses Jul 17, 2007

    Depression Or Laziness? Mental Incompetence Or Passing Phenomenon? Hmmm...

    I am 48 1/2 and I confess I have always beensomewhat lazy.  But the past few years, I don't want to do anything.  Depression? I don't know.  I just don't have the energy or enough desire or maybe even the ability to think and plan what to do. I feel like I am watching the...
    JoWilson JoWilson
    46-50, F
    4 Responses Mar 6, 2012

    Looking For Some Advice On Menopause

    Hi everyone, I am in search of some answers. I began bioidentical hormones October, 2011 & everything was going great. Then since about May/June, 2012, I have had several changes happen: 1- sore & stiff joints, 2-fatigue & lack of energy, 3-bouts of depression, 4-acne, 5-gained...
    ryansmama ryansmama
    51-55
    1 Response Jul 24, 2012

    It's More Like Maxipause Instead of Menopause...

    I have been dealing with this mess for a couple of years now, and I am only 44.  The night sweats, the forgetfulness, horrible mood swings, depression, and horrible periods.  Finally 3 months ago, I went to my dr and told him I couldn't take it anymore. ...
    rdt rdt
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Oct 31, 2008

    Belly Fat During The Menopause

    Can anyone tell me through their own experience if they gained weight on their tummy and if it was soft or solid fat??
    ruth51 ruth51
    51-55
    2 Responses Jan 17, 2013

    New , Private (Closed) Facebook Group Where We Can Share And Support.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/409226859175074/?fref=ts
    kristinem61 kristinem61
    51-55
    May 9, 2013

    I am going through menapause,

    have been diagnosed with border line personality disorder, I have been feeling very depressed and my self esteem is gone down hill, lately feel depressed, irritable, and crazy mood swings, taking many of my problems out on my family, especially my husband ,he is not supportive...
    Jenjul Jenjul
    46-50
    Jun 17, 2015

    I'm peri menopausal. I haven't felt happy

    for a while. The downers are not great. I have little patience with colleagues and feel so out of character. HRT? Yes please Dr.
    RosieFemale RosieFemale
    41-45, F
    1 Response Mar 6

    Lost and Alone In the Change and Didn't Know It

    I began at approximately 35 yrs old, to experience the first signs that something was not right with me.  The doctors didn't help me, other women looked at me like "poor thing, she needs to be in a rubber room". I've hated it, no one in my family has experienced...
    cloudydaze cloudydaze
    46-50
    5 Responses May 22, 2009

    Treatments Recommendations

    Midlife is a time of awakening, but not always a gentle one! By the time most women are 40-something (give or take a few years), they find themselves being introduced to an unfamiliar body, one many of them describe as "betraying them." As the transitional years progress, they...
    westsideblues1 westsideblues1
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Sep 6, 2012

    Have I Crossed Over

    As in another group story (am I premenopausal) I would like to know when you go from pre to the real thing. I'm 47 and for the past 10 years have experienced all symptoms and for longer time periods. The night sweats and the being hot all the time is the worst for me right now...
    Grits4life Grits4life
    46-50, F
    4 Responses Aug 15, 2008

    My wife is 12 years older

    than me, been married 14 years, and we've had kids. She was a virgin till she was in her early 30's. She refuses to see a Dr about menopause. She's been having irregular periods, some mood swings, weight gain even though she eats healthy and exercises, and sex frequency is...
    BeenthereDonethat39 BeenthereDonethat39
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Nov 18, 2014
    hrhjck hrhjck
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Aug 7, 2015

    Menopause...it's No Picnic In The Park!!

    I am 49 and have been going thru some hot flashes and terrible mood swings for awhile now,but this past summer it became unbearable.I became so depressed that I felt that my marriage wasn't working anymore and I left my husband for several months.I am back home now and things...
    searching4life searching4life
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Jan 28, 2012

    Hell And More Hell

    I started going through peri pretty early, late thirties. Went on an antidepressant and anti anxiety meds cause at the time I had no idea what was up. Just knew I was fine one day and a nervous, emotional wreck the next. Then came fibroids. No doctor ever mentioned checking...
    ssccpa ssccpa
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jun 4, 2013

    Not me, but my gf. Just looking

    for a bit of insight here.
    GenesiusRedux GenesiusRedux
    51-55, M
    8 Responses Aug 17, 2015

    Too Young For This!

    Well this year at the age of 39 I was diagnosed with Menopause. About 18 months ago my Periods started going funny dribble for a few days then really heavy. The next sypmtom came a year ago mood swings, basically I get very depressed and have days when I just can't stop crying...
    jollyone jollyone
    41-45, F
    7 Responses Jun 11, 2010

    Not Too Bad

    I am in perimenopause. It seems I have a period every4 months which is discouraging. I'm 55 yrs old and ready for all this to be over. I have hot flashes, but because I am on bipolar meds to control my moods, I don't have mood swings. I have osteopenia, low bone density, and...
    Gettingbetter1 Gettingbetter1
    51-55, F
    1 Response Aug 20, 2012

    Feeling Strange

    I am fifty and I have been going through this fun time of our girlish life for 8 years now. Finally after a period that lasted over a month I have now skipped a month!   Now latly I feel strange. I am going back in time and interested in things I loved when i was 20, I...
    milkcanannie milkcanannie
    46-50
    Jul 31, 2008

    Okay...I'm 52 was peri menopausal

    for at least five years up until two years ago when I had a hysterectomy as my period became unmanageable....my iron level went down to 1....obviously I felt like hell...struggled with absolutely everything and as I work full time my period, which was happening two weekly...
    haiche haiche
    46-50, F
    1 Response Dec 18, 2013

    Doctors Are In The Dark About Menopause

    Doctors are in the dark about menopause. They are not trained in menopause, perimenopause or hormone replacement therapies. I read an article today I wanted to comment on because it’s a common problem we face in medicine, and something I see often with patients. We live in a...
    MenopauseMoxie MenopauseMoxie
    51-55, F
    5 Responses May 16, 2013

    You Guys Are Going to Make Me Cry...

    After many years, I have finally found a man that I respect and love.  And just to make things interesting, 7 months into the relationship, I am experiencing menopausal symptoms.  In a few months I will be introduced to full blown menopause-overnight due to drugs to...
    harperlee49 harperlee49
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Apr 24, 2008

    Whats Happening To Me?

    It started as a hot flash, no problem right! Then  I couldn't remember the words I wanted to say during a conversation.  Then came the crying, the anger from hell, the brain fog, and then a  sadness I had never felt before.  Nothing mattered.  I coundn't sleep or...
    kaysam kaysam
    51-55
    6 Responses Mar 22, 2011

    Surgical Menopause, Sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hello fellow menopause sufferers. My story starts as a medical correction turning into a medical NIGHTMARE!!! I was thrust into menopause on 10/30/08 from a surgical removal of my ovaries due to cysts the size of grapefruits. Since then my life has been turned upside down due to...
    mybuttabean mybuttabean
    41-45
    3 Responses Nov 18, 2012

    Sitting with one of those reusable cold packs

    on my chest. I think it sizzled.
    hrhjck hrhjck
    46-50, F
    Aug 17, 2015

    I just turned 52 and have been periomenopausal

    for quite a bit. I have made it through the very heavy period time and then more recently I dealt with hot flashes, anxiety and brain fog. I did find that exercise and two supplements to help me greatly - Estroven and SAMe to the the point that I rarely have a hot flash. I...
    Bluereader Bluereader
    51-55, F
    1 Response Dec 30, 2013

    Menopause Confusion

    I'm 51 in a few days and I have missed two periods during that time my tummy has expanded and is really solid is this the so called belly fat we women get.
    ruth51 ruth51
    51-55
    2 Responses Jan 17, 2013

    My Love

    My first story :: My love I listen with my heart, and things often said to me are taken to my heart very deeply. I am very tender and kind hearted. I am merly human, and make humanly mistakes. God will forgive me, and everyone else, as we are one of his children. Just thinking...
    deerslayer63 deerslayer63
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Mar 1, 2011

    Started the change about 2 years ago.

    No one could have prepared me for how bad it is! I was prescribed wellbutrin for the hot flashes and they are gone thank God! But the mood swings! The crying, the anger...I felt like an alien was living in my body and I don't know how much longer my marriage would have lasted. I...
    Queenbee1960 Queenbee1960
    56-60, F
    Jul 18, 2015

    I am 49 and in perimenopause.

    June will be one year will no period. I do experience cramps but that's about it. I am lucky in that I don't really get hot flashes or night sweats. I exercise on a regular basis and I've heard that helps. However one thing I do get is depression and rage. Its really not...
    minuet1965 minuet1965
    51-55, F
    1 Response Feb 27, 2015

    I feel like I am going insane.

    One minute I am happy. The next, hate the world. Super energy then bottom out. Either have bipolar or this is the start of menopause. Either way, paxil not working. I'm not anxious and screaming anymore, but doesn't mean I am not thinking it.
    taintdrose taintdrose
    41-45, F
    Oct 31, 2015

    GOING Freakin Crazy

    i HAVE NO PATIENCE, I DON'T WANT TO BE BOTHERED, I AM VIOLENT, I FEEL I AM NOTHING, I DON'T CARE HOW I LOOK, OR SMELL ANYMORE. I HATE MYSELF, I CAN'T TALK TO PEOPLE, I WANT TO RUN AWAY, I AM ABOUT TO CRACK LIKE WALNUT... PLEASE HELP ME SOMEONE................
    BOOHOO42 BOOHOO42
    41-45, F
    6 Responses Mar 2, 2009

    What A Fun Thing To Add To An Already Impressive Plethora!

    I'm a large woman, 48 years old. Partial hysterectomy when I was 30. Everything has been smooth sailing until now in that regard. Now, I'm quite miserable.A bit more background: I'm a PTSD patient with fibromyalgia, so the mood swings & frustration aren't exactly new territory...
    feathermoon feathermoon
    46-50, F
    5 Responses May 11, 2011

    I know I should change my diet

    and take herbs. But thus far, 4-5 glasses of wine, and netflix is my solution. I'm still a ***** with no sex drive, but at least I stop caring! lol
    amydextrous1 amydextrous1
    46-50, F
    Apr 30, 2015

    Help!!

    my mother is around 50....she is having some mental problem...she continuously speaks on any topic..repeats the same thing again n again....is she undergoin menopause...i am really very worried about her n not able to concentrate on anything else...she becomes this abnormal for 3...
    pranvishu pranvishu
    18-21
    2 Responses Oct 23, 2012

    I Think Maybe I Am ... Or Maybe I'm Just Crazy

    I know there many awesome & intelligent women on EP. I'm thankful for your presence here because I desperately need your help. I have questions about peri-menopause, menopause, change of life ... whatever term works. I am either experiencing symptoms related to that or I am...
    SeriouslySappy SeriouslySappy
    51-55, F
    19 Responses Sep 9, 2010

    I just started taking some hormones to deal

    with the symptoms of menopause. I'm hoping that I can get a good night sleep soon because at night I wake up two or three times and my hair and bedding are soaked. Menopause makes me feel like a completely different person. Never expected that.
    electric13 electric13
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Oct 22, 2014

    I have read and commented on a few stories in

    this category, and boy, it's made me feel 100% better about what's been going on in my little life! I knew I was peri-menopausal a couple of years ago because I was experiencing very heavy periods; so heavy that I'd be soaking through three pads in the space of a couple of hours...
    moongirl62 moongirl62
    51-55, F
    6 Responses Jan 3, 2014

    Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

    Fifteen years ago my doctor informed me that I had entered "Peri-menopause" earlier than the average woman, which was supposed to mean that menopause would arrive earlier as well. Well, as I said, that was fifteen years ago. I've been living with hot flashes, night sweats and a...
    rollingwithhusky rollingwithhusky
    46-50, F
    Oct 15, 2013

    Menopause At 49

    For so many years I lived a carefree live, then around 48 I started to get hot flashes anxiety vaginal dryness, my period was sporadic. I was going through menopause hell, I tried everything and nothing worked. MY Doctor said I just had to go with it, since he didn't have to wake...
    dantelle12 dantelle12
    36-40
    4 Responses Nov 30, 2012

    So after a couple of months of thinking

    that I had early menopause symptoms (night sweats, hot flashes, fatigue, irregular periods, mood swings), I found a lump in the front of my neck. Blood work shows my hormone levels are totally normal - so NOT menopause - and that something is going on with my thyroid...
    hrhjck hrhjck
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Sep 6, 2015
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