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I'm guessing these are peri-menopausal symptoms? Can I alleviate them at all somehow?

(17 Posts)
PMTIsMe Wed 10-Apr-13 19:10:46

I'm late 40's and whilst my periods are still regular things are starting to change. I now get spotting around mid month, and I also get moody, clumsy, snappy and generally very PMT-ish around then too. Which of course hangs around long enough to take me up to 'real' PMT. So I'm grumpy for at least 2 full weeks out of 4 at the mo. Already on anti-depressants, I exercise, eat ok, wondering what else I can do to ease myself through the next few years. Thanks for any tips smile

PipkinsPal Wed 10-Apr-13 19:13:34

If you have unusual vaginal bleeding you should go to the Doctors.

CarpeVinum Wed 10-Apr-13 19:16:11

Yes well red leaf clover with extra added magnesium does bugger all.

That's 20 fecking euros I'll never see again.

A word to the wise. If somebody does give you a tip and and you buy it, don't google study results. As soon as you see "performed no better than placebo group" you probably won't wpeven get the placebo effect. Even that would have been better than this peri menopausal slap in the face with a wet fish.

I cannot spend 7-10 years like this. I just can't.

Four weeks solid of sore boobs and insomnia. And a period just to improve my general sunny outlook on life.

<mutters darkly and perimenopuasally in the corner being a right bad tempered moo>

PMTIsMe Wed 10-Apr-13 19:23:21

I empathise Carpe...and I promise not to google!

PMTIsMe Wed 10-Apr-13 19:24:23

And thanks for that suggestion Pipkin, will see how it goes.

CarpeVinum Wed 10-Apr-13 19:32:55

It's crap isn't it.

I wouldn't mind if it meant no periods right now. But this AND periods. Like the spots plus wrinkles combo, tis just not fair on any level.

I am busy checking put yoga on youetube for some beginner stuff. Allegedly that is supposed to help. I am a fidget so I don't have the highest hopes, but this time I won't google to protect any placebo gains at least.

I bet I fall off my mat and sprain a wrist. Or get stuck and require help to extricate me from some lycra horror of a yoga ...suit ?

Will just wear knickers and iron clad bra (sore boobs issues) instead. To be on the safe side. Clean ones. In case I do fall off mat to the extent that I end up being snipped out of my exercise gear in hospital.

<demonstrates newest version of "looking on the bright side of life">

I am amzed my family can bear to be in the same room with me, cos I'd go sit as far away as possible from myself if I could. Am right bad temptered miseryguts.

When can we have HRT?

Or hysterectomy. Will do it myself with a rusty spoon at this rate.

PMTIsMe Wed 10-Apr-13 21:14:36

Funny you should mention falling off your mat. That is exactly the sort of thing I am capable of at the mo. Managed to park the car with 3 wheels on the drive and one hanging over a 2 foot precipice the other day.

It is only going to get worse isn't it...

mummatotwo Thu 11-Apr-13 08:14:22

Im thinking I might we as well - oh the joys!

Im 46 and although I have endometriosis and a cyst on an ovary Ive had 2 periods in 2 weeks.

Bang out of the unusal for me never had any period probs but strangely the other week my boobs were killing me and that was 1 week after my "first" period and I felt as if I was ovulating. Then week later exactly 2 weeks after my "first" period Im bleeding again - very fresh red blood.

If I am going through my change in life I want to know - was thinking about going to see Dr - is there a blood test you can have to detect mother nature??? Oh my sister was 46 at the start of hers ... I dont have any other symptons though

...although I have noticed over the last few months that my hair when washing it has been coming out alot

what do you think???

PMTIsMe Thu 11-Apr-13 17:20:35

Sounds like it could be mumma. I have a feeling they can test for it, though I'm not a medical type, just something a friend said once. Sounds like you ought to see the GP tho since what you are going through doesn't sound much fun. I feel rubbish generally today so might well go and talk it over with mine too sad Hope we all get some useful advice!

mummatotwo Sat 13-Apr-13 14:32:06

Ive had blood tests to detect meno and thyroid - she thinks Im too young smile to be going through meno plus it might not show anything in blood results as you have to be in full blown meno before it shows up

AuntieStella Sat 13-Apr-13 14:42:41

It's worth going to the GP to get the mid-cycle bleeding checked out. At this age, it's often caused by cervical polyps which are almost invariable benign and quick/painless to remove. And would mean one fewer damed symptom.

evansthebread Sun 14-Apr-13 01:36:03

Count me in for this - fortnightly (and heavy!) periods. What a joy. Night sweats noticeably heavier before and during periods (though I've had them every night for the last 15 years).

No hormone markers pointing to peri/menopause. Sigh.

I'm taking agnus castus and am finding it to be helpful with all the symptoms, but especially the PMT. I take large doses of prozac and found this to be helpful initially, and for each increase in dosage. I'm hoping the AG won't lose its effectiveness like prozac eventually did.

digerd Sun 14-Apr-13 08:48:03

The menopause affects women differently.
The most common, hot flushes during the day, I did not get, only night sweats.
At 48, I suddenly got heavy legs, muzzy brain and could only move in slow motion or in 1st gear, as it felt to me. Periods were just the same.

I wanted to not have a period for one month due to a stressful time, so gyny put me on the stongest contraceptive pill the month before.

I was transformed into a 20 year-old, energetic/supple and on a high as kept giggling at everything. I was reacting to a pregnant type oestragen high, she said, but wouldn't last < so disappointed face>

When I came off it, I had a violent withdrawal reaction. I had a hammering headache, I'd never experienced before. Thought it might be a stroke!! Also my boobs were enormous and nipples hurt when just lightly brushed. So pros and cons.

HRT is the way to go, but you will have to find one that suits you.

pumpkinsweetie Sun 14-Apr-13 08:57:08

My mum has heavy two week periods, docs have done naf all about it and she has suffered with them being heavy since 37. She's now 52 with no menopause in sight and it turned out she had fibroids!
She hasn't been offered any intervention apart from having a coil inserted, but she still complains to me of leaking...
I'm really not looking forward to going through this myself although it is such a long way off. I know my nan suffered the same so I'll be next.
Why wont they allow a grown woman to have a hysterectomy??- when i have finished my family is there any way of convincing doctors to give me a hysterectomy?

I really don't want to go through the pain and embarrassment of leaking blood!

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Sun 14-Apr-13 09:09:21

Okay can only suggest, as others have done, see the gp about odd periods/leaking.

But I can definitely recommend Menoforce sage tablets for the hot flushes. Never googled for placebo effects but I do get the flushes breaking through if I forget to take one. Took about 4 days to work.

I actually get a full night's sleep once in a while now when the aches and pains don't disturb me.

digerd Sun 14-Apr-13 11:43:19

My sis had a fibroid when she was still on the micro pill and 55.
She had the fibroid dealt with and came off the Pill. No more periods and no menopausal symtoms.

digerd Sun 14-Apr-13 11:44:01


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