I have been reading a lot about alternative treatment for menopause problems lately. My problems are not that bad actually; at least not yet (I'll turn 47 later this month, but I read somewhere that hypothyroid women tend to go through menopause a few years earlier than euthyroid women where the average age for the last period is 51 years).
So far, I have had irregular periods for the last year; my OB-Gyn prescribed Primolut-Nor which helped, but I don't want to continue taking it (my hormone doctor thought I never should never taken it in the first place).
I have been on Estrogel and natural progesterone (Utrogestan) for the past four years, not because of menopause, but as part of my adrenal fatigue treatment plan (along with Medrol and Testim, testosterone, which was discontinued after I saw my hormone doctor in August and it turned out my T levels were elevated; I cannot say I feel worse after I stopped taking it).
I am not afraid of taking hormones, especially not the bio-identical ones, but I have been looking into alternatives/complementary treatment alternatives lately.
I have read several times that Asian women going through the change have a lot less problems than Western women, for the simply reason that they eat a lot of soy products and tofu. However, I have always been told to stay away from soy when hypothyroid. Does anyone know if hypothyroid women can use soy products like soy milk or tofu to help them through the change; if it does tend to suppress thyroid function or, in our case, render replacement therapy less effective, maybe it would be enough just raising the dose slightly...?
I have also been reading a lot about a supplement called Monk Pepper or Agnus Castus. It is said to help with both infertility and menopause; in the latter case, especially if sweating is a problem, which it is to me.
I know I am not officially menopausal until I have not had a period in twelve consecutive months, and I had a period in September after taking the drug Primolut Nor. I have not taken it since, and I have not had a period since. Good riddance...I just want to make sure I don't take more drugs or even supplements than I have to, when maybe soy products (which I have avoided ever since finding out about my thyroid condition fifteen years ago) would do the trick...any input welcome.