Have you heard of Peri Menopause?

  1. Liz says:

    Hannah you’ve done so well to raise such a difficult subject but you are so right that we should talk more about it. I was fortunate to be able to talk with my mum but that was only after I broached the subject ( because of a pre-cancerous condition that required her to have surgery she had an immediate menopause so she couldn’t say what was normal) ! I also was able to chat with my older sister (4years my senior)! I definitely had mood swings in my late 40’s, hot flushes, irregular periods both in how many weeks in between them and the quantity of loss. My mum had osteoporosis and because of this I chatted with my GP then who although male was sympathetic and we decided I should go on HRT immediately – I was 49. He warned me that I would put weight on all over and I did . Sadly I’ve never lost the weight! I took HRT for 8-9 years – that made my hair improve, my moods were better and no hot flushes! I still had the monthly bleeds but they were regular and reasonable. However when I stopped ( I had to due to the fears of breast cancer and they didn’t like you to have it for more than 5 years) the hot flushes came back with a vengeance – they didn’t lesson despite all sorts of remedies – they continued for another 10 years only slowly reducing and even now I occasionally have them! However HRT had suited me and I’m sure helped my bones as I’m still the same height ! Sadly my hair has suffered but it definitely was right for me . I have talked a little to Clare and I hope she will ask me if there’s anything she wants to know though that’s not so easy when we live so far apart. Do hope you will get the right care , sympathy and support that you need ❤️❤️ Xx

    • Hannah Berry says:

      Thank you so much Liz for sharing. The bioidetnical HRT is supposed to be a lot better now and doesn’t carry the risk of breast cancer that the old one did. I still struggled with the doctor though and had to go in person last week. I did vent my frustration (politely!) to her, just such as shame that the knowledge is not there for all GPs. Luckily I have some medial insurance through work which is going to help pay for a procedure I need, but otherwise would be a very long wait on the NHS! xxx

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