Have or are any of you going through perimenopause/ early menopause?
I'm really struggling with confusion ( brain fog) anxiety & depression. I feel exhausted and I ache everywhere. I often burn up in my face & feel dizzy & get headaches . My breasts also really hurt most evenings .
I really don't feel like me anymore 😔
I'm 40. My doctor said I am too young to go through any menopause symptoms yet?
Have you been put on any new medication lately that could account for it?
No, nothings new. Been on my same pain meds for 2 years now. I just don't feel like me anymore 😔 xx
Do you have, or have you had, severe endo that involved endometriomas (ovarian endo) that were excised (or not) as this can reduce your ovarian reserve quite considerably and could result in early menopause?
No, just awful adenomyosis. I'm waiting for a hysterectomy. I also have a prolapse 😣 x
Blood tests aren't usually useful for perimenopause as the levels fluctuate so much, Menopause itself usually occurs from 45 and 55 with the average age 51, although those in their 30s can have it early.
Perimenopause would usually start 8-10 years prior to menopause so at 40 you are about spot on for expecting to have symptoms of perimenopause. I would challenge your GP with this evidence and you could ask to try HRT at a low dose. They really can't refuse you - see a different GP if needs be. Note that for those with a history of endo combined HRT (oestrogen plus progesterone) is recommended so this would be the case both prior and after a hysterectomy.
Obviously this isn't a diagnosis or medical advice but hopefully it might help with the next GP consult.
The link to the NHS website in below.
Thank you so much for your replies.
Although she was quite dismissive, she did eventually agree to blood tests, but, like you say, bloods are not really accurate. I have a feeling this might be a battle x