I was wondering if anyone has gone through (peri) menopause without any relief whatsoever, no matter what you tried?
For the past few months, my symptoms have been getting worse and worse. I will turn 49 in December and periods have gone from being regular to erratic (anything from 21 to 36 days between them). I mainly suffer from night sweats and hot flushes, and they are driving my crazy. I can deal with the night sweats, no matter how unpleasant, as I have my own washing machine and dryer, but the hot flushes...all of a sudden, I feel sweat pouring down my face, breasts, and spine, and I need to be very careful about what I wear, only wearing clothes on which the stains won't be visible.
I have been on bio-identical progesterone and estrogen for the past six years (originally for adrenal fatigue), prescribed by my Hertoghe doctor, but they don't seem to help with menopause. Synthetic HRT may be more helpful (that's what my gynecologist prescribes), but I'd hesitate to take that because of all the risks associated with it.
I have tried various supplements (sage, red clover, black cohosh) but to no avail.
I also have great trouble going to sleep at night, and the only thing that allows me to fall asleep and don't wake up countless times during the night is melatonin. However, I have read that continuous use of this hormone will shut your own melatonin production down, so it should only be used for occasional sleeplessness...
I have read conflicting information about these symptoms; while it's often said that peri and menopausal symptoms will generally all but disappear a year after a woman's last period, it seems others can continue to suffer from them for five or ten years or even longer...well into their 60s.
I have been wondering how the common the latter scenario is; that is, that you continue to suffer from hot flushes and night sweats years after your last period...?
I realise it's highly individual, but would still appreciate some input from members having gone through this stage in life.