Menopause at 45. Now 48 and want to try HRT

Posted , 11 users are following.

Hi, I was diagnosed with menpause at the early age of 45. I have not tried HRT as I was terrifed of it due to the studies indicating early breast cancer etc. I have hot flashes, mood swing, I feel like I am aging much faster, ( less hair growth, thin hair, dull skin)  total insomnia and  the worse loss of libido etc. I talked to two doctors, one a female who takes it herself and one a male who said it will for sure incrase my risk of breast cancer and then he suggested I get a bone density check and thyroid check. I did have a thyroid test last year that came out fine. Should I get one every year? My mom had early menopause and took HRT all the way until 67 then they made her get off. Anyone have any good experience with it? Has everyone had a bone density test?

1 like, 31 replies

Report / Delete

31 Replies

Next
  • Posted

    Hi K12563, HRT is not for everyone. I had no luck with it, then my doctor put me on low dose birth control pills and while they did help until I got off of them due to the scare also, of breast cancer, etc. there are alternatives in controlling some of the symptoms associated with this change. Macca for one is an excellent alternative, for hot flashes, I took Flax seed oil, and a pill called Hot Flash, sold otc here in the States. Primrose oil if you can tolerate it is also good, along with Borage oil. But the best results I got were the Macca and Flax seed oil. Since I do have sensitivities those two did not bother me. I also took Dong Quai tea which really helped but not for hot flashes. I also took St. John's wort for anxiety and heart palpitations, which put them to rest. I had really bad symptoms once I came off the bc pills but finding alternatives helped me to cope, my symptoms now are minor but that's because I stay away from soy lecithin or any type of soy products. Sugar will also exascerbate your symptoms so try to limit your sugar intake.

    I had a bone density done, it doesn't hurt, it's basically an x-ray, or a scan that measures the density of your bones.

    I suggest you try taking Vitamin C. See if that helps with your labido issues or try a multi-vitamin. It seems to work for me.

    Whatever your decision, give alternative medicine a try, if the scare of HRT still bothers you. I hope this information helps a little. Best of luck.

    Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      I agree with k1 reply if you can stick with the alternative do so sage leaf is also good for hot flushes I believe. at the moment I take a product called menapace there is 3 or 4 different ones original, night one and one for hot flushes I think it will be trial and error but dont forget they will take two/three weeks to kick in. I also take evening primrose oil 1000g strength and I use essential oils again there are different ones. I dont know if you have a holland and barrett where you are or go to any herbal shop and they will advise you. I personally would not take hrt but that is my preference some it may suit itts what suits you and your body best my love. I hope you find something that helps you oh just a tip if you find something that suits in the herbal shop go on to amazon it works out cheaper I even get my menapace from there 
      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      hi patra.  I was really interested in your answer here especially about soy.  What affect did it have on you.  I was taking a menopause supplement with soy isoflavone and seemed to give me terrible low mood. wonder if this happened to you?  just stopped taking them thinking it might be the soy.  I have ordered maca and hoping that helps.  I was given HRT which I tried for a few days (made it to three days but low mood took over similar to affect of menopause supplement).  had you tried soy and how did you feel
      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Hi. I've been taking menopace night and it seems to have helped with the night sweats. I've been using soya milk for a few years thinking I was keeping my oestrogen levels up. And nuts and seeds and rhubarb which I believe is a form of natural plant oestrogens. I'm still having monthly periods at 57. Tho they are extremely heavy due to a 3cm fibroid and multiple small ones. I'm thinking now that I should use a progesterone cream to 'oppose' it as looloo has suggested. Am I prolonging my periods by using soya? In my mind I'm thinking I'm keeping my body young?? I find it all so confusing. My last blood tests showed my oestrogen levels were high for my age. I didn't start menstruating till I was 15 if that has any bearing. I have palpitations, slight anxiety, bit of weight gain around middle and thinning hair but apart from that I seem to be coping. I have an understanding husband and daughters who let me be if I need time to myself. Why is soya bad? I thought it was a natural plant oestrogen. Anybody help?

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      If you high already in Estrogen, I see a need to consume estrogenic foods. But opposing the Estrogen with a bio identical progesterone may be something you would like to look into. The ratio of Progesterone to Estrogen is really important. So if your ratio is good, although I'm banking on that as this stage your Progesterone is low, you wouldn't try do anything. But you do have symptoms of elevated Estrogen.

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Hi metamorphed, my experience with soy has been one of mostly feeling down with lots of hot flashes. I even had to lay off chocolate and caffeine to stop the hot flashes. So as long as I read the labels to keep to make sure it doesn't have any soy in it, my body stays neutral. My doctor was the one who told to stay away from soy products, and she was right. Aside from this she also said that they are mostly GMO, and that medical studies have shown to cause disruption in hormone levels. So, this is why I mention to stay away from soy products. I hope this answers your question. Take care.

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      yes.  i believe that the soy in the supplement made me feel weird, really low, so you have confirmed it.  didnt need to feel so low along with the rest, so keeping clear of it now.  I had stopped caffeine last year and no sugar and a clean diet, so the soy is another to avoid.  thnks for the reply, its a great help to hear it from someone else.  take care too.
      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      hi maisie,  I was taking menopace original with soy isoflavones and my mood was becoming low and built up anxiety.  I stopped and the moods improved as did the anxiety.  I believe I am high in oestrogen and low in progesterone as the symptoms of high oestrogen I have read are weight gain around middle and anxiety amongst others, which i have. the added soy made it worse and when I tried HRT, I was like a mad woman on the oestrogen only part, so stopped after a few days only. have not taken it again.  It is confusing, you really have to do your homework, but I think that peri means higher oestrogen and lower progesterone and thats why we get all these crazy symptoms.  There is so much oestrogen in everything we have around us like plastics and in creams that we are high in it anyway (i have read loads on this),  so not likeyears ago during this change, our oestogen is high, so progesterone seems to me to be the answer during the peri stage.  if anyone can add to this or can help with this,please let us know.confused

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. I will do some more thinking about the soy. I have ordered some Maca after reading about others using it on here. I'll let you know how I feel with it. 

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Hi Metamorphosis,

      Yes, during this peri time almost all women are Estrogen dominant and women really only need Progesterone. But, it's wise to have your hormone levels checked through saliva for E1, E2, E3, Progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and cortisol. This will give you a pretty complete picture of your sex hormones and how your adrenals are functioning because they are very important during this time too to be functioning well. You can balance your hormones through herbs, but some people like the bio-identical Progesterone cream. I use the cream and do take some other supplements.

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      thanks for replying marli.  i have a test kit for progesterone and oestrogen, so you know where I can get a test kit for all that you mentioned above?  I have ordered Maca, do you know if you can use progesterone cream with this as I am leaning towards using the cream more than anything else.  can i ask what supplements you take along with the cream.   ty
      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Hi there,

      I wrote a great post outlining what I take, But it's being moderated.

      I don't understand why, so if it doesn't get posted I'll send you a message through email.

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Hi Maisie. the progesterone part of my hrt is utrogestan tablets. they are only for hrt & a newer "micronised" form of progesterone that is bioidentical/pure; not like the synthetic progesterone in most birth control products. (i researched this a bit myself as apparently the micronised formulas are more effective than synthetic in assisting with peri/meno symptoms) my specialist meno gp also told me utrogestan is a newer purer form (the micronised ones). just for info for you.....xx

      Report / Delete Reply

Report or request deletion

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up