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Literally just joined this forum as I felt a little isolated, having nowhere/no-one really to discuss my perimenopausal symptoms with. Hold on a minute, that's not entirely true. I do have someone I talk 'at' - my darling husband - but I think if I want to save my brilliant marriage of 31yrs, I think I'd better cut the bloke some slack and back off!
Well after about a year of experiencing what I believe are some perimenopausal symptoms, I took myself off the GP. Saw a Nurse Practitioner, who I reckon is about my age (54) - but the difference is she looks in control, a bit sexy, and like she might even be getting some even!
I talked about my symptoms: lack of libido; insomnia; slight flushes; inner 'furnice' waking me; frequent visits to the loo and really aching joints. Please note though ladies, as I think I made a bit of a boob mentioning that I was a little tearful, and had cried when watching 'Don't Tell the Bride' (!) Bloody idiot - talk about walk straight into her hands. She was nice, I won't say she didn't listen, but her first course of action was a blood test to check specifically for Vit D deficiency for the aching joints, but we talked about another course of action that she reckoned was a life-changer for some women: SSRIs = 'Happy Pills' as I conned them. Oh hum.......well after reading up on these via Google, I was astounded by the number of and diversity of the side effects.
Honestly, for someone who really wants to get jiggy again, one of the main side effects was, wait for it, 'Lack of Libido' - ironic or what? Listen, I've never been the 'gagging-for-it' type, but I'd far rather have a smile on my face after a session, than the result of a 'Happy Pill'!!
Safe to say, they were ignored. Couldn't see the point on trialing a 4wk course of a drug that would make me more nutty than I actually feel(!), which would take me 4 times as long to wean myself off of!!
I won't rule them out tho', as I have no idea really what's in store for me. But at the moment I'm more concerned with the physical symptoms that may be able to be addressed (aches, disturbed sleep etc).
I'd be interested to hear from anyone who is actually taking SSRIs as part of their menop treatment: positive and negative opinions both appreciated.
I've read some lovely posts today, and the one thing that shines through is that we all want to keep our sense of humour/smiling. I've definitely still got mine: I just want a smile on fact that tells you lot 'She's getting some' again!!!:D
No doubt you'll see me on here again.
Merry Christmas Ladies - and don't forget: If the turkey doesn't turn out perfect, remember there's always cheese on toast! Or, if you're like me, you'll tell them all 'Tough!'. But lets face it, who's would be brave enough to upset a perimenopausal woman on Christmas Day??!!!!
Happy Holidays Girls
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