Patient Comments: Menopause - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with approaching menopause?

Comment from: cindy, 55-64 Female Published: June 14

I had my first change in 1990. It was not a bad as the second time in 2013. This is a bad one. I not only experience hot and cold flashes but horrific mood swings. I experience anger, depression, anxiety, fear, and hopelessness, and get a chemical taste in my nose when I fall apart and cry. I have put on weight in my waist, which has never been a problem. I am afraid I will have to take pills now, which I refused to do in the past. If I don't do something about this, I will have a nervous breakdown. I can understand how women in the old days went crazy and hanged themselves. I have more regular migraines also.

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Comment from: karen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I am soon going to be 48yrs old! I have had hot flashes for 2 years not bad like other women! My problem is last month i had bleeding (im talking heavy bleeding!) for 2 weeks and now 2 weeks later i have my period again! I just wish it would end!

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Comment from: sexy runningirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I believe I have been going through perimenopause since I was about 38 years old. It has gotten progressively worse within the last two years. I am now 47. One month I had two periods; another month I bled for the whole month. With a couple other cycles, I bled for two days with a four-day break. The moods carry over even if I am not bleeding at the time: I'm depressed, emotional, and crying. The next minute I can be laughing! My cure is lots of running. I also take tons of vitamins, like B-complex, B12 shots, prenatal vitamins, omega 3's, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

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Comment from: CJ, Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I am 46 years old, and for the past 10 years, I have had night sweats. Within the past year, it has gotten really bad. I wake up almost every night with my shirt wet. I also have to urinate in the middle of the night. For the last year my periods have become very irregular. I may skip a month or have two or three periods in a month. My periods are lasting longer now, up to eight or nine days. I will stop for two or three days, then start again.

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Comment from: Sweatin' in Texas, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

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.

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Comment from: Kathy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I am only going on 44. I had a partial hysterectomy in the year 2001. I am now experiencing hot flashes and the chills. I for the first time in 20 years have gained 15 pounds. My breasts are larger than ever. My sex drive has increased dramatically.

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Comment from: Netty, 35-44 Female Published: August 28

I'm 44 and still have periods although they are getting heavier and less time in between. I start feeling bloated, emotional and angry, even aggressive about 10 days before I start to bleed. I have night sweats and bouts of depression, and I have been tested and my general practitioner. He has said everything is normal!

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Comment from: mesospoiled37, 35-44 Female Published: August 26

I am 40 years old, and I would have to say since I was 33, I have been perimenopausal. It has really hit hard over the last six months. I have been having anxiety, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, no energy, heavier than my normal menstrual cycle, breast tenderness, and a low, if any, sex drive. It hasn't been easy or fun. But I am trying to make the best of it. I am very lucky to have a man who understands everything I am going through. Oh, and I have the facial hair that keeps coming back.

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