Early menopause

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Hi ladies I'm new to this and I'm wondering if anyone has experienced anything similar to what I have can help me.. I'm 37 years old and I had the marine coile for a total of 8 years. My period faded after i had the coile fitted and was gone within a few months. When I got a new coile fitted I had some light spotting.. the coile is removed over 1 1/2 year now and I have not had a period. My gp sent me for bloods and they confirmed that I have gone through early menopause.  Luckily I had bloods done 5 years previously and when my gp looked back into the results he confirmed that my hormone levels were at their highest when I was 32..(to be honest I don't really understand it all)  I do realize how lucky I am as I have two children and I have not suffered from any of the major symptoms I have read about only the odd meltdown and because of the coile stopping my period I didn't realize that I was going through early menopause. My delima is that my gp now wants me to start on hrt in case of osteoporosis (I'm awaiting the results of my Dexter scan) but I'm so frightened when I read all the pros and cons of hrt. I really don't know what to do.. can anyone give me a better insight as to what I should do? 

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    Hi jen

    bless you with your early menopause, HRT is a decision only you can make, do your research, decide on pros and cons etc.

    i never had HRT, i am post meno, there are supplements and vits you can take if want no HRT, vit D and Calcium for bone health etc and many more.

    Gyno best for this advice i think, GP's don't specialise in womens stuff.

    You research it and see what your happier doing

    Good luck hun

    Jay x

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    Hey dear if you ain't having any major symptoms and feel good then why do you need it?  Like Jay said there are sooo many vitamins now to help.  I take vitamin B6 and B12, a multi vitamin for energy plus an energy drink that helps build muscle, also Caltrate for my bone health that comes with vitamin D.  I eat Lotsa yogurt and drink milk everyday.  My mom has osteoporosis.  Like Jay says do homework and discuss with your close friends/family and see what's best for you dear as everyone is different.  😃😃 xo
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    Read up on the natural progesterone and estrogen because the synthetics can cause more side effects the natural progesterone made out of yams or soy is better for the body because its the natural stuff. I would not go for the synthetic ones at all you can have the natural progesterone pills made through a compound pharmacy including the natural estrogen pills or cream but you should read up and see what you think 
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    Hi Jen - I am a bit older than you at 44 but this has just happened to me - I had one 'funny' period and a blood test to check thyroid and hormones, to be told I have gone through the menopause!

    My head doesn't really understand, but I have been reading a lot and will see the Dr soon to talk about things, they said I need HRT as well but I am not keen either.

    As I understand it:  HRT protects against a few future health conditions, estrogen helps in protecting us again osteoparosis (bone weakness), teeth and gum health, eyes and heart.  The main two that research says HRT is good for is osteoparosis and heart health.  You are younger than me and might want to think about this as your bone strength might be compromised, but there might be alternatives to HRT for this.

    There are risks to taking HRT according to your health history and family history but with women under 50 those risks are much less. With early menopause they simply want to replace the hormones that you would normally have until the age of around 50.

    I also agree with the comment that a specialist is who you need to speak too, this wasn't offered to me, but as I am near the cut off of 'normal' menopause age of 45 they didn't bother! Even though the whole thing is very strange to experience, sudden stopping of periods.

    There are definately alternatives to HRT - I think the best thing is to try and talk to a specialist who should give you a clear list of options and the risks, if any and any alternatives you have.

     

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      Hi Rightside

      I am with you on HRT i do not agree in them either. How do we really know if estrogen protects up from osteoparosis. It may say this but We need to find a balance with our own bodies and the hormones. Yes it can raise our anxieties and yes it gives us mood swings but we do not need HRT to help with this. Think about our ancestors and what they went through with menopause when there was no HRT for them. They had to go through it in their own process and they coped fine with it.

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      Susan - I totally agree.  I have not taken a paracetamol in years or anti biotics and the thought of HRT is scary to me, purely because if I add a medicine now, my body will be balanced by that and not myself!  Although I do understand that it's the easiest way to 'replace' the hormones.

      I guess ancestors died earlier! ?   In any case, I think for me, everything boils down to stress and the effects of it and I have had plenty in my life and think this has everything to do with long term health.

      I am paying, yes paying to see a private GP this week who also practises complementary medicine, in the hope I can get a balanced view on what is best for me - including biodentical hormones as an option.  If I need to take hormones as preventative, I might but not keen on it re-balancing me - I would only have to do it all over again when I stopped.

      I hadn't even thought about all this until I was advised my ovaries had failed and I was AT RISK - seriously, I have been in shock and fear for almost a week.  I'll get through this

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      Hi Rightside

      I hope everything works out for you, yes we all do need to find a balance in our lives and HRTs can throw that balance out of us and cause more effects than they say. We just need to learn to cope with the stress, and our hormones by relaxation yoga and just knowing that we are strong and we can make it through this with or with out HRTs to help us. Everything will be fine just pray to God and keep your faith up hugs to yourazzand a smilely face

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      Thank you Susan - I am feeling very emotional about all these decisions.  I know if I had reached menopause at 50 I would not have taken HRT.  I would not want to treat symptoms in the is way - the thing that has confused me is the awareness and acceptance that our hormones DO protect us and help with balance and I am not yet confident I can do this alone. 

      The reason I say that is because I have been battling an exhausted adrenal system for some years already.  Since the news my ovaries had stopped suddenly, I feel completely different, my energy system has changed, I do yoga and have accupunture and everything has drained away - sounds daft but at the moment it is how I feel.

      At 44 I am feeling overwhelmed by feeling in a new bracket of life (older) and a new bracket for health concerns etc Fear has got me - ha But I hear what you say about faith and that we are strong enough.  I lack confidence all of a sudden - perhaps that is 'the change' an opportunity to empower myself and trust.  It sure has been a shock.

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    Hi Jen, scroll these threads because there's a brilliant thread to put you off HRT for life. I'm 42 nearly through, my Mum has osteoporosis, so did my Nan...I am increasing milk intake, eating fresh food not processed and doing some yoga. If you got through without anything then you can probably do it natural. See if you can have a bone density scan, GP can always give you added calcium xxx
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