Perimenopause: what helped you?
September 23, 2013 6:29 AM Subscribe
Older women of mefi, what have you used to help with perimenopausal symptoms, both prescription and alternative? What worked and what didn't? I'm having horrendous hot flashes, periods from hell, mood swings that . . um. . . oh, and mental fuzziness. Yes, I'm going to make a doctor's appointment but I'd like to have some possibilities in mind to talk over with her when I get there.
posted by mygothlaundry to health & fitness (13 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I am 50 now and have been having various perimenopausal symptoms for 10 years. That's right, TEN YEARS. Or that was what my doctor (same doctor I'm going to see) told me 10 years ago, but that was apparently just the warm up stage. Mostly, I've been able to cope with the symptoms, although the fibroid induced hemorrhaging blood every month is an issue, but over the last couple of months they have really, and I mean really, ramped up and I can't stand it. Last week I think I had a severe hot flash every 20 minutes or so; my last period went on for 25 days and so on and so on. I finally, after three years without, have health insurance again, so I want to do something about all this. I am wary of HRT given the heart risks and the fact that birth control pills gave me migraines - although I quit smoking last November after almost 30 years and I haven't had a migraine in almost as long. I am also kind of unclear on what, exactly, HRT entails? A birth control pill? So any clarity or recommendations on that would be appreciated.
I'd love to find an alternative solution but I still don't have money. Thus, when I went last night to the health food store and stood there staring at the $30 bottles of special menopause vitamins and $18 tubes of wild yam cream, I decided to ask metafilter before parting with half a days wages. So, here I am. HALP!
Special bonus question! After menopause, do you still need to go to the gynecologist every year? Or should you just switch to a regular GP?