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holly8705
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Okay, I'm only 15 so there's no need to worry about menopause right now...BUT I was watching the Dr. Phil show today and it was about women going through it so I would like to know how you women dealt with going through it. Like what you did and how your spouse dealt with it, because on the show these men were saying their wives were totally nut cases when they were P.M.S.ing. Just wondering what symptoms you went through and how you dealt with them!!!

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Milke
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This is Scarleteen. As far as I know, very few to none of our posters have gone through menopause, so running a general web search on the topic would probably be a lot more help to you.

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Gumdrop Girl
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MIlke's right. since a lot of us haven't even hit menarche (a woman's first menstrual period), we're not going to be able to give you firsthand accounts of menopause.

However, I bet a lot of us have had a mom, aunt, grandmother or someone close to us make "the change," and it affected us.

My mother went through menopause early. In 1989 at the age of 44, she had a radical hysterectomy because her uterus was seriously hemorrhaging. She went ahead with the operation because her childbearing days were long over (i was the end of it and I was already 9).

What came to follow were some big time mood swings in my mommy. She was put on Premarin, estrogen replacement therapy. If she missed a pill, she'd get *really* cranky. She stayed on estrogen replacement for a few years, but quit maybe 4 or 5 years ago after she decided that she didn't want to chance it with breast cancer (estrogen replacements greatly increase the risk of breast cancer).

I don't dare ask how it affects her sexually. I know older folks enjoy sex, too, but c'mon, these are my PARENTS. I don't want to think about it. *plugs ears* lalalalalala...

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RumpusParable
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the women in my family get it early. in fact, we slowly seem to each be arriving at menopause progressively earlier than the last generation.

my mother started it when she was between 30-35. by about 40 she was all messed up. her period wouldn't come regularly, but she still got it & the doctors she saw refused to believe she was in menopause despite the fact that my grandmother before her started it at 40.

so mom got the run around for a few years when she could've been a lot more comfortable.

doctor disbelief resulted in about 4 D&Cs due to her missed periods being unexplainable & ignored between times since "this time they'll go back to normal for you".

she eventually found a doctor to believe her once she got a few years older & had all of this past medical history to throw at them lol. now she's doing much better, her period came once in a great, great while very lightly (and may have stopped by now, i haven't asked her about it.. it's just not something that comes up) & her hot flashes are much better under control... low hormonal supplements & just having a doctor believe her has been a big help.

as for crankiness... can't speak for other than her, of course different people different effects, but she was terrible. i'm so glad i wasn't there to see it (i'd moved out by the time it got into full swing & only caught the first few lesser years of it). on mom's calmer moments she'd admit that she was being a erm, a very cranky woman, to my sister & that she was surprised my step-father hadn't left her she was so bad.

and privately, for fear of The Wrath, they both admitted the same lol.

i guess she was quite the shrew for a few years there.

but, as with the hot flashes & other physical symptoms, after getting help from a doctor she's doing ok. some problems still as her body is still adjusting, but much much better.

given my personality w/out the additional hormone flux, i just wonder what my husband & i are going to go through when it comes my time.... if the progression in my family continues as it has, i should start the very beginnings within the next 5 years. if i'm still around, will be sure to pop in & give personal updates

some women my mom's friends with have her acutely jealous as they simply slipped into menopause with barely a flinch... her best friend had a couple years of feeling a bit more moody & some period irregularity and that's all.

we're all so different while going through the "same" thing...

[This message has been edited by RumpusParable (edited 07-30-2003).]


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