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CeriMumsnet · 29/12/2020 12:46

Please note this Q&A is now closed for questions but you can see Dr Griffins answers here

Menopause can feel daunting and complicated. Maybe you’re perimenopausal; maybe your periods have stopped but you’re still having menopause-related symptoms. Maybe you’re going through an early menopause, or one brought on by medical treatment. Or maybe you’re just wondering what the next few years might hold for you and how you can best embrace (or at least get through) whatever may be heading your way. Vira Health is here to help, and their expert Dr Michelle Griffin will be answering your questions about everything to do with menopause from 18th to 27th Jan.

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Here’s what Vira Health, the team behind Stella has to say: “Women spend on average 7-10 years in menopause, with symptoms changing and fluctuating all the time. Yet, in the UK, less than 7% of women are satisfied with the care they receive. That’s not ok. Stella offers women personalised plans to help manage menopause symptoms better with support from an expert coach. From insomnia to weight gain and anxiety to incontinence issues, Stella supports women to find relief backed by proven science. Plans are customised to your needs and you can track your progress quickly and easily.”

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polkadotpjs · 07/01/2021 13:15

I'm 46. I believe I'm in peri menopause and taking low dose. HRT. For about a year now I've been getting awful migraines on day 1 of my period. Triptan helps to a small degree but I'm still floored for 12 hours plus several days after I suffer. Can you advise if you think a mirena coil may help?

tinatulip78 · 07/01/2021 14:35

I am a 42 year old mother of 9( all biologically mine) for the last few years I have had extremely heavy monthly periods which have affected my normal daily life and work as I was unable to leave the house for the first couple of days. I had an internal scan done and there was nothing untowards indicating as to why my periods have become so heavy, following that my GP prescribed Tranexamic Acid tablets which have been a godsend. I would like your opinion, considering the investigations failed to explain a reason, do you think I could be going through the menopause?

sheilads105 · 07/01/2021 16:47

I'm 5 years in and still getting hot this OK?

Dontsayfuckorbugger · 07/01/2021 21:28

It like to know why so little GPs know absolutely nothing about helping a very large proportion of their patients with menopausal or perimenopausaul symptoms. I'm 48 and my female gyni GP is useless. I have asked for help numerous times with perimenopausal symptoms and she just tells me I'm too young to have them !!! And to just keep taking desogestrel for the next 10 years and I'll be ok. Well I'm not bloody ok. I'm fed up. GPs need a lot more training and empathy towards us women being made to shut up and suffer

Ledkr · 07/01/2021 22:19

I had breast cancer aged 27 and had a double mastectomy and radio and chemo. No glandular involvement.
At 47 i had my ovaries removed as i have the braca1 gene.
I was put on hrt about 2 years later after my breast specialist said it would be safe as my ca was oaestrogen negative.
I had tibelone with good results.
So about 2 years later and just before the march lockdown, a gp was horrified that i was on it and took me off it pending a referral to gynaecology.
This has not happened and the appointment i was given for tomorrow via phone was today cancelled.
I dont suffer many physical symptoms but am more concerned about the long term effects on my bones, brain and heart and I have literally no sex drive whatsoever and dreading having any vaginal dryness or worse and ive heard it can also protect against covid. I work in a school so as much protection is vital.
Can you advise me what to do now and is it safe for me to have something.

Ortega888 · 07/01/2021 22:57

How can I find a natural HRT treatment plan as my drs won’t prescribe HRT to me due to my multiple allergies, intolerance and also because of the link to breast cancer. I have multiple health issues and react to anything that is not natural. What do you advise. Thank you.

Redshoeblueshoe · 07/01/2021 23:39

Does it ever end ?
14 years now and still getting hot flushes.

PickledChicory · 08/01/2021 09:55

I'm hoping Im still a few years off the menopause but would like to know as far as possible how I can best prepare. Is it worth speaking to older female family members about there experiences, is reproductive family history likely to have a bearing? Should I concentrate on my physical health and other environmental factors, would these have more of a bearing on my likely experience? Are there any particular vitamins/minerals or things I can introduce into my diet?

haliborange0verdose · 08/01/2021 11:12

I'm 46 and up until about 15 months ago I'd been on the pill since the age of 17 (other than a couple of breaks to have kids). Since stopping the pill, I've not had a period at all. I'm wondering if it's possible that the pill had "masked" the menopause, and I've gone through it already? I do have some menopausal symptoms such as night sweats and low libido, but tbh I had those before stopping the pill. Or is it possible that my periods could eventually return?

smartiecake · 08/01/2021 12:53

I'm 48 and have no obvious symptoms and still having a period roughly every 4-6 weeks and they are very light, maybe a day of some light blood loss. I feel fine, but should I be starting to take any supplements? And at what point do i go to the GP?

idontknowaboutmortgages · 08/01/2021 13:09

An app is great for recording symptoms but how can we use this information to get practical support from GP’s?

BlackCakeyStuff · 08/01/2021 14:43

I have vaginal atrophy and use a pessary every day. I previously used the ring but it stopped working for me after 8 months. I am starting to get pain and urinary symptoms again - are there any other treatments I can try? I'm allergic to the cream.

Cocopogo · 08/01/2021 23:18

I’m allergic to HRT (tried oral and patches) makes my skin welt and unbearably itchy. What else can I try to combat the brain fog and hot flushes and ensure my bones keep healthy.

clairedunphy · 08/01/2021 23:44

Sorry if this has been asked elsewhere.

I'm using everol patches on a cycle, so everol 50 for two weeks and conti for the next two.

This still gives me periods which is fine because I was still having them naturally anyway.

Will there come a point where my periods start to change / become less regular while I'm on this regime? If not, how will I know when I should move onto an oestrogen only regime?

famousforwrongreason · 09/01/2021 14:54

Imm using sandrena gel alongside the progesterone coil. I am really struggling with my weight at the moment annd cutting calories doesn't make any difference.
Does Sandrena cause weight gain? Is there any way to counteract this when metabolism seems to have slowed down so much?
(I have disabilities and struggle to exercise too).

IronNeonClasp · 09/01/2021 16:31

Why are we so uneducated about menopause still without doing our own research when symptoms start or we've been living with them for a couple of years?

Teaplease29 · 09/01/2021 18:29

How common is the early menopause? I recently suffer symptoms such as hot flushes and low moods. I am moving towards my mid thirties, am i possibly entering early menopause?
If this is the case, how long do I have left to try for more children?

starofandromeda · 09/01/2021 18:59

Hello and thank you for reading my question!
I'm 42 years old and wonder if I might be experiencing perimenopausal symptoms. For the last year I've had so many physical symptoms and changes in my mental health that I increasingly wonder if my hormones may be contributing. My hair is thinning, I have gained weight - particularly over my abdomen, I wake up in the night very hot and have flushes after eating spicy food (but not at other times in the day) I feel very achy and have been suffering with a lot of anxiety for 12 months now. I take the progestogen only pill for contraception and can't take the combined pill as I have migraine with aura. I have been getting a lot of migraines the last 12 months too!
My blood tests and FSH x 2 at the GPs are normal. I don't get periods on the mini pill. My GP is a bit dismissive as my bloods are normal but I would be quite keen to trial HRT. Is this something you would consider even though my FSH is normal? I don't have any contraindications to this. Thank you so much for your advice!

Fumnudge · 09/01/2021 20:10

I would, I think, prefer to get through my pending menopause without drug intervention unless it becomes unbearable but on the flip side I'm very vain and hate my aging face already, does HRT hold back the aging tide?
Having taken the combined contraceptive pill before with many side effects including weight gain and horrid, really nasty moods I'm worried about taking HRT.
Are the drugs that caused this in the pill also in HRT?

Tipster100 · 09/01/2021 22:21

I am perimenopausal and went to see my GP recently. She said I can't take
HRT as I get migraines with auras. She said instead I should take anti depressants which would do the same thing. Is that the standard advice for migraine sufferers? I thought it was
Odd. I'd love to get a specialists view but not sure how to do that now. Thanks for your help.

purplepandas · 09/01/2021 22:33

I would love to know how to manage the sleep issues. I have noticed such changes in my sleep ( early morning waking) and it's really getting me down as exhausting.

QueenOfTheDoubleWide · 09/01/2021 22:50

My question is from the other side of the menopause!
I am now 61, last period was at 53. I had a relatively easy menopause, just some hot flushes but they passed fairly quickly so I never saw a GP or needed medication. I do not sleep as well since then and am possibly a bit more anxious and slower in my thinking (although I am in a job that needs a lot of information retaining and I still cope!). I have lost weight and am probably healthier now than I was then.
I am seeing some people (most notably Louise Newson, the menopause doctor) now pushing the idea that all women should take HRT indefinitely for improved health as they age. I am reluctant to start anything that could have side effects at this point so is there advice for women post-menopause on staying healthy without hormones please?


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Tenohfour · 10/01/2021 02:42

I am going through suspected early menopause (late 30s). Is my menopause likely to last longer/be different than it woukd be if it was at the usual time of life? I have read conflicting information about this, so clarity on what to expect would be really good.

Gunpowder · 10/01/2021 09:19

I’m trying to educate myself about menopause and god this thread is depressing.

AllDoneIn · 10/01/2021 11:13

Why is it acceptable for the NHS to treat women so absolutely shittily over peri and menopause symptoms?

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