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Dec 8, 2012 12:06PM
Ohhhh, Lizzie, I remember those days.....
Not having had kids, I hit peri-menopause at 47. (I'm now 62.) I had fibroids the size of basketballs, a period that would last for three weeks out of four, and several trips to the ER for those gushing floods that wipe you out.
My doc put me on birth control pills to try to "even things out" and boy, what a mistake that was! As soon as I stopped them a few months later, I got hit with every menopause symptom in the book. Hot flashes every 20 minutes, drenching night sweats every 45 minutes, and finally - loss of my short-term memory.
I thought I was going crazy. One physician I saw wanted to put me on Prozac. Another suggested hormone replacement therapy. I opted for the HRT. Within days my symptoms were gone. Of course, I still had the horrific, painful periods....
I finally gave in and consented to a total hysterectomy at age 48. All my friends who'd had one said I'd say two things afterwards: 1) I feel like a new woman; and 2) Why did I wait so long? They were right.
Looking back, I now know the HRT I took for so long was not healthy.But at least it got me through what could have been a ten year stretch of time filled with symptoms.
And now, when I inadvertently walk down the "feminine hygeine products" aisle at the store, I just smile, remembering having to wear two tampons AND a mattress-sized sanitary pad; all at the same time.
I don't miss those days at all.
Hope the Advil works and you feel better soon!!!
p.s. I have a friend who is still having periods at the age of 65.
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