Main Article on Menopause Question: What symptoms have you experienced with menopause? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Angie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 21 Menopause is causing a dreadful rage in me that’s affecting my poor family. Comment from: Vilma, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 19 I never experienced hot flashes and night sweats with menopause. I did experience very bad anxiety and panic attacks. The persistence of anxiety made me feel very depressed. I had a range of body sensations that were very scary. My doctor did tests and said it was anxiety related to menopause. I started to have digestive issues as well such as reflux. It was very helpful to see a qualified naturopath and a functional medicine doctor. Comment from: Bluecat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05 I wonder if anyone experienced non-cyclical breast pain with menopause. I have a weird prickling sensation in my right breast. To be on the safe side I have referred to the breast clinic who told me it is perimenopause, but I also need extra x-rays and ultrasounds. I'm so scared. Comment from: Nicole, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 21 For the past 3 days my legs will not stop twitching. I’ve been to my neurologist the past week and she did check me and all went well. I went to my obstetrician/gynecologist, had blood work, and she said my estrogen is out of whack from menopause. I also get hot flashes. I’m just worried about the twitching and wonder if this has happened to anyone else. Oh, and I’m 48 years old and I have anxiety too. Thank you. Comment from: Cary , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 20 My symptoms of menopause are hot flushes, anxiety, muscle twitching, and electric shock sensation in my forehead. Comment from: Josie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 18 My menopause symptoms are hot flushes, mood swings, depression and headaches. Comment from: Nessa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 07 I started with severe anxiety in 2013. I was 36 at the time. Now I'm 43 and have experienced every menopause symptom from palpitations, anxiety, depression to joint pains. Now I have nausea, dizziness and headaches. Also beating in my ears and heat waves. When will it end! Comment from: Fl0gger, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 20 My menopause symptoms extremely severe; hot flashes (feels like I’m spontaneously combusting), insomnia, weight gain, memory loss, absolutely no sex drive, and mood swings. I also have Hashimoto’s. I am so not me anymore! Comment from: Bellann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 14 I am 47. I have been having menopause symptoms for about three years; hot flashes, insomnia at night, anxiety and panic attacks, acid reflux, mood swings, and especially changes in my cycle including shorter cycles, skipped, and sometimes an extra-long cycle. Comment from: Jamie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 24 I’ve been in menopause for 3 years, and recently I’ve been sweating on the face heavily, every 15 minutes or so. I don’t know if this is menopausal issue and not something else. Comment from: Kay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17 I'm 57 years old and had no periods for 4 years. My menopause symptoms are so debilitating; dizziness, worsening migraine, balance issues, and loud noise in ears. I cannot take hormone replacement therapy due to breast cancer in close family members. I have been offered anti-depressants, had brain scan and multiple blood tests which are all completely normal. Comment from: Just me, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 16 I had my last period at 40 and been in menopause since. I am now 64 and recently began having flashes. I am also losing my hair I have a quarter of the hair I once had. I am not sure this is normal. QUESTION If menopause occurs in a woman younger than ___ years, it is considered to be premature. See Answer Comment from: Raisin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 11 I am currently 56, I stopped having my periods at age 52. For me menopause wasn't that big a deal. Yes, I had hot flashes and night sweats, and an occasional sleepless night. It certainly wasn't as bad as I had imagined it to be in my head. I think if you go into it with the attitude that this is a natural part of the aging process that can help you. I can tell you one thing, I'm much happier without my 'monthly visitor' showing up. Comment from: Roni, 55-64 (Patient) Published: March 04 I am going through menopause, age 52. I have anxiety, depression, hot flashes, bloating and acid reflux. Wonder if anyone else has acid reflex and heartburn (sometimes after eating spicy). It was so bad I went to emergency. In CT scan I was diagnosed with gallbladder stone. I am so worried, don’t know what to do. Comment from: Ny2Fl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 29 I'm 42. I haven't had my period in the last 3 months. I believe I started having menopausal symptoms in my late 30s. I am waking up drenched in sweat, like I had gone swimming. Then I got pregnant with my 3rd child. All born 7 years apart. All C-sections. I had a tubal ligation during the last. He's now just turned 5. I have suffered through the drenching night sweats, but they aren't everything. Mostly I am very emotional. I cry a lot. I have no energy or motivation. Most days I just wish I would die. Comment from: Tilly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20 I reached menopause at 50. I have had terrible hot flashes now going on 9 years. Also, low libido, urinary tract infections, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, mood swings, weight gain, and now having headaches and nausea in the mornings. I am active, love my coffee in the mornings, wine in the evening. I cut those things out, decreased sugars and spice, and no change in any symptoms. I am using prescription low dose estrogen cream which totally took away urinary tract problems! Comment from: Amber, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 11 I'm 46 and have had horrible heavy periods to the point I was put on low dose birth control. I was on those for 8 months and stopped due to vaginal dryness and painful cramps, plus it stopped working for the heavy flow. So I started taking yarrow, red raspberry leaf, and slow flow supplements. This has helped me so much. Also red clover helps me with night sweats and vaginal dryness. I now use branded progesterone cream as directed, it helps me feel good, and it's calming. Good luck. Comment from: Kathy , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 10 I am 55 year old, and a year ago I found out I was menopausal. I feel like I'm losing my mind; hot flashes, mood swings, body aches, etc. My doctor won't put me on hormones because of my heart attack in 2014, so I'm going cold turkey and losing my mind. Comment from: Emily, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 09 I am 46. I have the regular perimenopause symptoms; hot flashes, memory loss/forgetfulness, mood swings, etc. I had a major migraine last month that lasted for 3 days. Ever since then, I've been feeling off balance. It seems that so many of us are experiencing this, but wonder if anybody has found anything to get rid of it. Please don't tell me, time! I hate that answer. Comment from: SP, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 03 I am 54 year old, I had my last period a year ago but had spotting in intervals of 2 to 3 months. Estradiol is 145 and FSH serum is 22.66. I have severe pain in my right leg below the knee (side of the calf muscle) that spreads on my feet, along with cramps like feeling on the legs, fingertips of my hand, and toes too. I am trying my level best to ignore and keep myself busy but it is irritating me a lot. I am extremely distressed and lethargic. Please share if anyone of you is going through this with menopause and the remedy to overcome it. Comment from: AboutmeNJ , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 19 I feel horrible, my menopause symptoms are very scary, like I think something bad is going to happen to me. I have dizziness to the extreme that I think I am going to pass out, muscular pain mostly of my neck, left side of my chest and arm which makes me think I am having a heart attack. The hot flashes are a weird feeling, they happen 3 to 4 or more times during the day and they wake me up at night. Lately I been having chills, suddenly teeth chattering. I haven’t read of many women having these kinds of symptoms. Comment from: Pink, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 06 I'm 53 and I think I'm finally going through menopause. It has only been a few months though, but my periods have stopped, and no, I am not pregnant. I get hot flashes at night but the strange thing is, I'm not craving sugar or pop anymore. I have or had a huge sweet tooth eating candy or anything sweet during the day and drink 4 to 5 cans of Pepsi a day. Now I am just craving protein before I go to bed which is all good, hopefully I can lose a few pounds but, wonder if anyone else has experienced these symptoms. SLIDESHOW What Is Osteoporosis? Treatment, Symptoms, Medication See Slideshow Comment from: Anxiety is me, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 30 I have been in menopause for 4 years but ovulation continues. Now I have ovulation with blood and I am freaking out. My mom had uterine cancer 14 years ago. Comment from: Ali, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08 Wonder if anyone else has suffered with recurring nausea from menopause like me. Comment from: Alex, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 07 I started with hot flushes a year ago creeping up my neck to face, and pumping heart; I thought I was having a heart attack. I was drinking alcohol more around my period as this is how I feel. I am trying St. John’s wort, black cohosh and passionflower herbs, also going 2 try kudzu and skullcap as I have an herbal medicine book to try and alleviate all these symptoms of menopause. Comment from: Gloria, 55-64 (Patient) Published: September 19 I learned that there is a such thing as post-menopause. I'm on an herbal that is helping. However I do have anxiety during the day, insomnia, and night sweats at night. I am very sensitive and take natural supplements. Hormone replacement therapy did not work for me. Comment from: Eden, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17 Been a long way with menopause ladies, but here we are pushing on. Here I am today feeling awful, my one year since menopause is September. I have had anxiety, for a full year it was like this, then I have had all kinds crazy symptoms, but the anxiety is the worst. I don’t know what happens, and wonder if this means I’m about to get a period. Oh my, or this is it until 2 or 4 years till the body adapts! I have no one to talk to about this for tons of reasons, I just turned 56. Comment from: LP, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 13 I began perimenopause at 48, and now 52. It has gotten so bad, hot flashes all day and night, and restless sleep. I have weight gain, bloating all day and night, mood swings; just feeling like a fat, hot, crazy woman. Menopause is awful for me. Comment from: Lewlew, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 13 I'm 50 years old now. If I think back 2 years, menopause started with major fatigue to the point walking 200 ft. made me tired. Thyroid was fine. But suddenly due to stress, my symptoms kicked in. I never had hot flashes but fatigue, brain fog, lack of motivation, difficulty reading, joy replaced with apathy and not giving a darn, dizziness, withdrawal from being social engagements, joint aches, insomnia, forgetfulness, insecurity, etc. Not all symptoms all the time but these have changed who I am within the past year. Comment from: Tess , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 05 I had my last period at 48 years old. The hot flashes started with menopause but weren’t as bad as the night sweats that interrupted my sleep. Topical bio-identical progesterone helped with those. Then my vagina dried up, so I started bio-identical vaginal estrogen which helped with that. Emotionally, it’s been the worst with depression, and anxiety that does not relent. I also can’t stand the smell of my husband nor can I lose the weight I have gained. I am not me anymore. Comment from: Menopause and nausea, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 04 I am 65 years old and started my menopause 10 years ago. I stopped and started HRT (hormone replacement therapy) 5 months ago. Now I am waking up every day feeling very nauseous. I am so tired as the nausea continues for the rest of the morning. Comment from: Marion , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27 I am feeling like a blown up balloon during early stages of menopause and at same time periods come twice in a month, then once the next, wonder if anyone else relates to this. I also have diarrhea and cramping stomach pain all night long. Comment from: Tiredmeni, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 27 At 49 I am experiencing sporadic hot flashes with menopause... wham, there it goes, all of a sudden and wherever I am, they take over, ugh! Sweat drips from my brow and my face is flushed, and don't let me get started on the night sweats… yep, soaking wet, nightly! Very sexy, not! And then there is the lack of interest in sex, poor hubby. Best part of menopause… no cramps and no bleeding. Comment from: Kslh1210, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21 I'm 56 and haven't had a period in 10 years. I've been lucky not having very many hot flashes, no mood swings, and what surprised me is I'm not dry like it says you will be with menopause. I'm not sure why that is, also my sex drive hasn't faded either. Comment from: Needing_Help, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06 I’m 47 years old and have been post-menopausal over the last 4 years (going on 5). I’m currently on the highest dose of SottoPelle, wear the Combipatch, receive B-12 injections, and eat a very healthy diet. I have no energy! I was an avid runner and ran marathons and 50 Ks up until 2017 and can barely knock out 3 miles now without feeling like death and needing to recover for a week. What is wrong with me! I’m merely existing at this point in life. I enjoy nothing anymore. This is awful. Comment from: Yoland, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05 In July 2019 I was having hot flashes and menopause also made my mood change. I was burning up and sweating like I was working out. Also I haven't had a period. Comment from: Laura, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 02 I am 58 and I've been having anxiety and panic attacks and depression for the last 6 years. I've been diagnosed with depression but no doctor has told me that these symptoms are part of the menopause. I have hot flushes from time to time. I have seen several doctors but not one of them has mentioned the menopause, instead I was treated for depression. It would have been helpful if they had mentioned the menopause instead of just treating me for depression. Comment from: Kiki, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 18 My wife, 73 years old, a long time since menopause, has been suffering from excessive sweating in her upper body (head, neck and back) for the past 7 months. She says the sweat is cold, and she wears warm clothing and has the heating on even though it is 31 degrees Celsius outside. At nights she must dry her hair with a hair dryer. She has seen her general physician, an internist, a gynecologist, a neurologist, an endocrinologist, a dermatologist, a psychiatrist and a psychologist. She even spent 3 weeks in a psychiatric ward. Comment from: Sam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 12 I’m at a total loss, I’ve lost my mind, I’ve lost my sex drive, and I lost my sense of humor with menopause. Some days I just can’t cope with life. I was an early menopause lady 0.40 mg ten years on hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and now medication free as the only HRT I could take is now discontinued which leaves me high and dry. Comment from: Yolita, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 14 I'm 48, almost 49, and I still have terrible periods. Here are my menopause symptoms. I only get one good week symptom free. After that I feel crampy, I feel hot at night and lately my back has hurt me so bad I have to miss work. And these symptoms are ongoing for weeks before my actual cycle starts and the cramps are unbearable. It's really starting to affect my life where I don't go anywhere and I miss work where it didn't affect my life that way before. I need some advice on what steps to take. Comment from: Amber, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 17 I'm 45 and in perimenopause. I was having heavy flooding periods every month and night sweats starting a week prior to periods. I had dryer skin and curly hair going straight. I tried everything natural to calm the heavy periods, nothing helped so my doctor put me on Microgestin FE 1/20. It's wonderful. Very light spotting for withdrawal bleeding, and night sweats have calmed down. I will stay on this pill until 51 or menopause. Comment from: Tricia , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 13 My period ended very early, at or around 39 or 40 something years of age. I remember around 9 years ago I was feeling like I was going to lose my mind and didn’t know what was wrong with me, it turned out to be anxiety and now I also have panic disorder. So my guess is that I was premenopausal and that’s why I had anxiety. I am now 52 and the hot flashes, jitters, nervousness, and fast heart rate have started. My doctor said, ‘it is time’ meaning to get menopause symptoms. I feel awful! Comment from: Onel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 19 I am 52 years old and into my menopause; I haven’t had my period in 4 months. I get hot flashes like I’m burning up. I have been getting these clear sticky discharges lately. I wonder what that means! There is no odor to it. Comment from: kkkyystone, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 12 I am 56, my last period was a few months before my 55th birthday so I am officially in menopause. I had a fairly easy time of it until 53 where I had a year of extremely heavy periods and came down with anemia. They wanted to try an intrauterine device (IUD), I tried acupuncture instead. It worked. I had three regular periods and then they stopped. I still get hot flashes and still struggle with some fatigue. I am still trying to lose the 10 pounds I gained. No more periods is great, but the hot flashes are annoying. Comment from: tracy73, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22 With menopause I have burning during sex. Comment from: insanityrus, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 07 I am a 55 year old female who never had a regular period; I would have one for 3 days for 2 months and then not have one for a year or so. I took fertility drugs and had two children. They said my LSH and FSH levels were backwards. I got pregnant for my third child at 35 without any fertility drugs. I was on Depo-Provera for almost 20 years and stopped it four months ago. They said my FSH levels say I am post-menopausal. Due to the Depo I haven't had a period in almost 20 years. I have had urinary incontinence for the last few years, hot flashes for the past few weeks that last for at least 5 minutes apiece, and a brownish discharge for at least a month. If I am post-menopausal I wonder why all this is happening now, but get no answers. Comment from: Chillyhilly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 29 Looks like I'm one of the lucky ones. A few hot flashes a day but they don't really bother me. Maybe I am more emotional than I used to be but on the whole no big deal at all. Gone a year without a period now so I'm guessing that's the menopause done. So if you're worrying about going through it after reading all the horror stories on here please stop as you could have it easy too. Comment from: Alice, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 27 I reached menopause when I was 43. Slowly I had fallen ill, and I started having hot flashes. They were so bad that I used to break out in a sweat every half hour. I found it really stressful. At last with my friend’s suggestion, I started using VieBien menopause support, a natural menopause relief supplement. Really it was magic, it ended all my symptoms. Comment from: soi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 14 I am 55 years old and still having heavy bleeding with clots, and fever on those days in the range of 99 to 102. I don’t know whether it is normal with menopause. The bleeding is controlled with tranexamic acid 500 mg thrice a day. Comment from: Teresa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 11 I began at age 39 with breast cancer, then 13 years later, I got bone cancer. The nighttime and daytimes heat flashes because of the menopause are awful. I wake up with wet hair and wet shirt. Comment from: amyplus, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 12 I am menopausal from 4 years, I had just a few menopausal symptoms so I decided not to take HRT (hormone replacement therapy). However, I actually have problems with dryness and irritation of the vagina which makes sex painful, I guess it is due to the lack of estrogen. I was looking for alternatives to manage this problem and I found this new treatment, it seems to be painless and able to solve this kind of problem, it is called MonaLisa Touch. Published: August 02 I'm 37 and am having weird symptoms that I believe to be menopause. I am frustrated at the lack of straight-forward information. For instance, why are they not doing more in-depth studies of progesterone cream, or bioidentical hormones? If men went through menopause, I'd bet they'd have all this figured out by now.... Comment from: snow_hiker, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I started "the change" when I turned 40. Bear in mind, I only had spotting during my menses, but also suffered cramping so bad the first day, I was on prescription pain pills to be able to function. Even after the birth of my only child at age 32, I continued to only spot, but no more cramps. I have NOT had any surgery to remove my female parts or tie my tubes, everything is still in tact. Once I had started the change, I went through what my doctor called "classic" text book symptoms. These included: night sweats, hot flashes, irregular periods (not every month), mood swings, increase/decrease in libido, weight changes, etc.. My doctor told me that once I quit having my menses for a full 12 months, I would be "completed" through the change. He was right, but I still have the occasional hot flashes. He said that can happen and may or may not continue the rest of my life. HE SAID EVERY WOMAN IS DIFFERENT WHEN IT COMES TO MENOPAUSE, AND THAT EACH ONE WILL EXPERIENCE A COMBINATION OF SYMPTOMS. He also SUGGESTED (mind you)that if I could deal with going through menopause and afterwards WITHOUT HRT (hormone therapy), I would be better off without it. SO I CHOSE NOT TO TAKE IT. Not every doctor would agree with that, but I believe he is right. I am now 53 yrs old, and my bone density is still the same as it was when I had my first mammogram at age 39. I take 1200 mg of Calcium with Vitamin D daily, and also go for a walk 3 to 4 times a week. I still have the occasional hot flash, but I can live with that. Not having my periods anymore is so wonderful! Menopause ROCKS!!! Comment from: Stressed , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 24 Since menopause I have all day gas and frequency of bowel movements. Comment from: Tyty, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03 I am a 50 year old female in menopause since 2017. I had a 3 day bleed 2 months ago. Endometrial lining was found to be 6 mm. Failed endometrial biopsy on 12/24. CA 125 is negative. CT of abdomen and pelvis negative. Estradiol level is 104 pg/ml. I get uterine cramps daily, and pain after food. My breasts are tender. Comment from: Maria, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 10 I have not had a period since I was 32 years old, and I'm 52. I am getting hot flashes, feel like I can't be, but it seems like menopause. Not sweating, but major flash. Not sure what's going on. Heart rate was found to be fast this year twice. Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 21 I have come off the pill for 6 months now. I have no period but I feel depressed. Wonder if this is menopause. Comment from: Bobby, 55-64 (Patient) Published: November 12 I’m 56 with periods ending 13 months ago. Menopause is worse than premenopausal stage, the anxiety is bad, and everyday feels like a period, wish it would come on. Comment from: Ljules, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 02 I am 40. My periods always been just medium flow like clockwork until last year when I had a few heavy ones with clots, but still every 28 days. I bled last month as normal but about a week after had two days spotting. Then the next period was 5 days late. I am due on again this weekend but had spotting for 5 days now; just see it when I wipe, and discharge. I wonder if it is menopause or I need to be worried. Comment from: Andrea, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 01 I feel the same as another commenter here. I feel as if I’ve lost myself. I take hormone replacement therapy and anti-depressants, and I feel life is not worth living anymore. I don’t what to do. Comment from: SOConfused, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 13 I am confused on what to do. I am 52, feel great, on the pill and no symptoms of menopause. Really kind of best I've felt in a few years. I went to my doctor the other day for my yearly and she insisted I start talking hormones because I am of age. I had no family history of breast cancer and my mom got after she started hormones. She is all good now, but I'm scared to take, especially when I feel great, don't want to get pregnant and kind of being forced to take! Comment from: Wendy , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 06 I am 58 years old and had a hysterectomy at 44, and still waiting for menopause. Wondering if I could have the luck of no nasty symptoms... or is it going to hit me soon! Comment from: dori, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I cry it seems almost always, I for the last 3 years have had what I refer to as “gunk", brown discharge along with bleeding. I can’t find any info on it, I now for the last 3 months have had almost constant daily nonstop spotting, to the point I always have to wear a pad. I feel depressed, have suicidal thoughts, I wonder how so many woman before me survived this, my husband although for the most part is patient. I think gets just a frustrated as me. I feel alone, our sex life is almost nonexistent which makes me feel distant from my husband of 29 years, I have tried many things, and the only thing that even remotely helps is menocalm, a natural supplement. I feel like I am losing my identity, I want this to end. Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: August 02 I am almost 52 and have all the symptoms of menopause except my periods come every month like clockwork. They have been like that since I was 13, except for pregnancies. I am beginning to think I will never stop. My mom is 72 and takes low-dose hormones and still has a light period. I’m not sure what to make of that. She has no other symptoms and is the healthiest person I know. I am ready for all this to end. Comment from: Lynn, 45-54 Female Published: August 02 Peri-menopause began in my early 40's when I still had all 4 kids at home. My periods would last 10-14 days and heavy, changing pads and tampons sometimes every hour. Then I would have a week off of them and back again. No Dr. took it seriously, that I felt the bottom was dropping out of my vagina. I didn't want to go on field trips or PTA anything! Now I'm 52 and so very thankful to be menopausal. Hot flashes are temporary and I am sleeping better than when in the peri stage when I was also diagnosed with Graves disease. I thought it was all part of the peri stage until I had palpitations. All good now and my husband is ok with the 20 pound weight gain, even if I hate it and when it cools back off here in AZ, I'll be out walking daily again. Hang in there ladies, we've been through worse! Comment from: gdb, 55-64 Female Published: August 02 I certainly wish I could say that menopause is a breeze. It's been anything but, for me. Severe hot flashes began at age 51. They begin at my feet and go up to my head. I feel faint with each one. I hear people talking in the distance first, and then the flash begins. I have them every second week. I'm 55 now. It is still the same. I can have 20 or thirty a day for 3-4 days every second week. Then I get severe anxiety for the remainder of the week. I have severe insomnia, chronic diarrhea, very tender, achy muscles. I have tried everything from synthetic hormones, bio-identical hormones, diet change, and have read whatever I can get my hands on. No success. Oh ya, I also tried acupuncture. Nothing helps. I can honestly say, it's been the worse four years of my life. Comment from: NULL, Published: August 02 I am only 35 and I had to have a hysterectomy due to an illness and now I am feeling as if I have no energy to do anything. I am always crabby and I can't seem to get interested in having sex at all. I pray that I can get some kind of treatment to help me get through this. I am still too young to feel this worn out. Comment from: Elma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 22 I have had issues with heavy and painful periods for many years. In 2012 it was so bad I was having such heavy and never ending periods. A gynecologist put me on megestrol. Overnight my periods disappeared and it was like a miracle. I had some weight gain from it as a side effect. I took it for many years until 2019 my prescription ran out and my primary care physician would not refill. I had a sonogram that showed a thickening in my uterus. I had a biopsy that was negative. Meanwhile no medicines. It has been a nightmare. Comment from: Cheryl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 22 I have recently been diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 37 so having radiation and chemotherapy followed by an operation. While in they are taking my womb as a precaution. I don’t know if radiation is making me infertile, but I'm on the Depo-Provera injection so wonder how I will know if early menopause has kicked in. Comment from: Trish19841, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 17 I have hot flashes more at night. It starts in the evening. I hope this doesn’t go on too long! Comment from: cntrygrl55, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I Started menopause at 42. I lost 30 pounds within the last 2 years. When I started losing weight I started menopause all over again, after thinking I was done with it 13 years ago! I had night sweats, hot flashes, anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. Comment from: sex yuck, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I am 49. I been getting horrible hot flashes for 4-5 years and hate -- I mean hate sex! My husband dose not believe hating sex can be because of menopause. Comment from: Rachel 5, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I am waking up very occasionally with night heat flashes. I have a burning sensation all over and I have increased weight gain. Comment from: Redspyder, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I have no children and started the change at 34! I had one long, heavy flow, major cramp period, then DONE. No spotting at all. I just turned 45 and still have hot flashes all of the time. I am very emotional and I have ZERO energy. I can't sleep and have to use the bathroom 20 times a day. I am single and probably will be forever as I have no interest in sex at all. I also feel like my brain is mush and can't remember anything. Oh gee, can't wait for my "golden years!" I already feel like I'm 90! Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I am 55. I have had enough of these night sweats and not sleeping. This has been going on for about 18 months. My poor husband! Comment from: had enough, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I'm 55yrs old and have been having menopause symptoms since I was 45. I started with the heart palpitation in the neck, then the cold chills at night. Now I have the hot flashes on and off all day. They do start at the bottom of my feet and work their way up to my head. I have a new symptom now insomnia. I'm tired at night and go to bed at a reasonable time. I lay there trying to sleep but it doesn't come. My doctor gave me a very low antidepressant to take. I hope this works. Comment from: Nathansmom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 Turned 43 in July and had my last period then. I’ve never had a late period other than when I was pregnant. I do have hot flashes. Some days, they are on and off all day, then nothing for a week or two. I feel bad for my husband, as I have no interest in sex at all. Comment from: emma, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 02 I'm an active 58 year old, married, work full-time and have had all the menopausal systems you can think of. I’ve had severe headaches in the middle of the night, night sweats, and joint pain. Comment from: Miriam, 45-54 Female Published: August 02 As I am approaching menopause, I am experiencing vaginal dryness and skin tears during sexual intercourse. Comment from: AZIL, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 My doctor, through blood tests, recently confirmed I am on stage of menopause. Months before that, I started experiencing hot flashes - day and night and sweats. Since then, I developed insomnia and it really affects my daily routine. I was prescribed to take over the counter sleep aid but I only take it every other day so I don't get too dependent on it. Comment from: M argaret, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I am 49 and became peri-menopausal systems at 45 when my husband left me. I have severe hot flashes during the day and night. I literally soak the bed sheets. My hair has changed also - it has gone curly from being bone straight, and I have lots of white hair too. I also have muscle aches and lots of joint pain. I have had 2 periods in 18 months. I have had no energy and trouble sleeping also. When I get home from work I often need a nap before making dinner. On weekends I could sleep all day. My pharmacist has suggested Evening of Primrose Oil to help with the hot flashes. I am going to give it a try. But the bright side is NO MORE PERIODS!!! Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 As I approach menopause, I have had hot flashes. I’ve been tired and had no motivation and I have not had a period in more than a year. Comment from: susie, 45-54 Female Published: August 02 At 46 my life changed!! I seem to be continually overwhelmed with every little thing. Work was difficult and I took a short term absence because I was suffering from panic attacks. However, staying at home just didn't really help. I've never had anything like this before in my life! Now I am 49 a few days before my period I get night sweets that wake me up. BUT THE WORST symptom at the moment is DIZZINESS... Comment from: vern, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 Although I only experienced a few hot flashes, I did have extremely heavy periods for about 6 years which finally responded to birth control pill therapy. I quit having periods last March. Yeah! I had 10 months off. Last month I experienced some spotting. This month I'm back to having heavy periods. I cannot find any information about anyone else having this issue. Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I also experienced the "warm foot" symptom. It was such a strange experience and I did not attribute it to menopause. It did start right before the hot flashes took over my life. I had a full year of no periods with no symptoms. I have been experiencing frequent hot flashes all day and all night for the past 6 weeks. Suddenly from one day to the next I developed vaginal discomfort and am treating it with the topical estrogen cream. It is very expensive and bothersome to use. I find it a catch 22: It is preventing the atrophy of my sexual organs but I'm too exhausted for sex and my husband has to sleep in the guest room as my fitful sleep keeps him up all night too. How much sex will we be having?! I'm reluctant to take hormone replacement therapy if I can stand the symptoms without it but am not sure I'm ready to give up the sexual side of a great 32 year marriage. I don't want to be "old" at 54 and my husband deserves a normal sex life. Is the risk of HRT worth it??? Comment from: Daffy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I'm 47 and started getting hot flashes and random periods a year ago. But I've had a funny experience that I have never read about. My husband has to leave the country for several months at a time. When he is home I have regular periods and no hot flashes. Within days of leaving, I return to having menopausal symptoms. There is a clear link here, but I have never read about it. I'm so curious if there is research on a "partner absence/presence" effect. Comment from: TJ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I recently started to realize that I'm going through menopause (started about 6 months at age 39/now 40). A co-worker of mine suggested SAGE tea from a natural food store. My cycle would go off and come back after a week. Doctor recommended the pill for 3 months to regulate it. It worked for one month. I tried the Sage tea and it hasn't been back. The hot flash has decreased/has not disappeared but it is not as intense. I still get an unexplainable feeling of... hormones or something moving around in my body. The Sage tea recommends that you drink it daily. I'm not trying to drink that much tea. However, I'm going to try it. The tea is caffeine free. We will see. Comment from: Maureen, 55-64 Female Published: August 02 Other symptoms I noticed are lack of energy, weight gain, sleepless nights, dry skin, lower sex drive. Oh how I can so relate to a comment sent in by a lady on here. My sex drive is nonexistent, I have a very patient husband and I thank God that he is so, I still have sweats but not as in 'hot flushes' it is in bed only, I wear summer PJ top only and have to have my top half out of the quilt, until I’m stone cold, otherwise I just flare up in this sticky sweat. I’m 57yrs and its non-ending, the weight is the hardest to overcome especially when you've been the opposite all your child-rearing life. Published: August 02 I started going through the "change" when I turned 50. I had night sweats and what I call "heebie-geebies" which is like the feeling you get when you walk on gravel bare-footed and scratch on a chalkboard. Other symptoms I noticed are lack of energy, weight gain, sleepless nights, dry skin, lowered sex drive, and you're on an emotional roller coaster. I've been married 28 years and thank God I have a patient husband. A soy product I found in pill form at Walmart helped for about 6 months. I'm scared of hormone replacement therapy and since I'm in my fifth year all I can do is pray it'll be over soon. Comment from: iamkings, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I just turned 37 and I think I'm peri-menopausal. My cycles were never regular (months, sometimes years without a cycle) I am finding myself emotional. I've had significant weight loss. I am normally an aggressive person, but I find myself indecisive at times. The emotional rollercoaster is VERY hard. Sometimes the hot flashes are unbearable but on the flipside my libido has dramatically increased, which my husband loves. Comment from: cmf, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I am 50 years old. I just got off of birth control pills about 5 months ago, and I was slammed into menopause, according to my Dr. I have all the normal symptoms but I have joint and some muscle pain. Especially in my hands, but in my shoulders, elbows, neck, knees, ankles, feet, and hips. During the night and in the morning I have stiffness, like arthritis, and I also experience pain in my joints if I sit too long. I’ve had all sorts of blood tests and everything came out fine, but I feel like I am 70 years old. I'm not alone, I found other women too going through this. I’m scared and confused. Published: August 02 I'm 45, have had a few very late periods in the past year, and all of a sudden I am experiencing a inner warmth in my left foot only. It's like someone has injected my foot with heat. I wonder if this could be the start of hot flashes, and I wonder if anyone else has been going through the same thing. Comment from: DeDeDoll, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I’m 51 and no menopause yet, but I like learning about it. Thanks for all the info you gave! I’m still having the ‘P’ every month, but I just want to see and hear what you have to say! For the most part, it seems it will be ok! Thank You! Comment from: middle age mom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I have been peri-menopausal for 7 years, starting at age 42. I knew I was there because of the hot flashes and fatigue. I realized that not only was my infant waking me, but I was just awake. My periods became less frequent then more frequent, then less frequent, and sometimes gone for long periods when they would just happen again out of the blue (and in very inappropriate places!) One of the most confusing things for me has been what I would call clear or yellow periods, where there seemed to be no blood, just white or yellow fluids. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this. Comment from: YoungandDone, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 36 here, and after a year my doctor admits I am perimenopausal. I tried birth control pills but they made me depressed. Hot flashes are worse in summer because in Seattle, there is no air conditioning. The colder my bedroom, the less I have them. Now, I am experiencing insomnia. I have had a total of 4 hours sleep in 3 days. I was more than tired when I came home from work, however as soon as I got into bed it has been nothing but staring at the ceiling. Now once again it is 2am and I haven't had a lick of sleep. I have extreme headaches due to tension, fatigue and anxiety. Comment from: babs141, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I am experiencing vaginal dryness plus pain when I am with my husband. Now, I never want sex with him. Menopause is hurting my life, but my skin has gone dry all of a sudden and I don’t know what to do. Comment from: Sweatin' in Texas, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 The symptoms I am experiencing include life-sucking, ear-burning, disgusting, perspiration-laden hot flashes, day and night; heightened emotions -- I've never been an emotional, teary woman, but I feel frequently on the verge of tears; and I've ballooned up 20 pounds in two months. I'm still having occasional periods, and I was told at age 35 that I was premenopausal. I'm now 45; I started my period at age 12. Aren't I too young for menopause? Can it be induced by stress? I've had a very stress-filled year. Comment from: UofLDebi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 At age 35 I began to have heavy periods. By the time I turned 40 I was bleeding almost every day. My 10-day periods were so heavy that I had to sleep in the bathtub… with two ultra-tampons inserted. I worked two jobs and my evening job would not allow me to take breaks. I had to wear black pants because I was sure to break through and my tops had to cover my bottom. My 40s were a nightmare and I didn't know how I would go on. At age 51 I finally found a doctor who would give me an ablation. Since I did not have children no one wanted to reduce my chance of having kids in the future. (Rolling eyes.) The ablation has given me more regular periods again -- every 15 to 21 days. I'm 52 and ready to turn 53 as I type this. No hot flashes (I think eating low-carb helps with those) and no signs of menopause. I can't wait for this to be over.