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Comment from: Nathansmom, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

Turned 43 in July and had my last period then. I've never had a late period other than when I was pregnant. I do have hot flashes. Some days, they are on and off all day, then nothing for a week or two. I feel bad for my husband, as I have no interest in sex at all.

Comment from: had enough, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I'm 55yrs old and have been having menopause symptoms since I was 45. I started with the heart palpitation in the neck, then the cold chills at night. Now I have the hot flashes on and off all day. They do start at the bottom of my feet and work their way up to my head. I have a new symptom now insomnia. I'm tired at night and go to bed at a reasonable time. I lay there trying to sleep but it doesn't come. My doctor gave me a very low antidepressant to take. I hope this works.

Comment from: AZIL, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

My doctor, through blood tests, recently confirmed I am on stage of menopause. Months before that, I started experiencing hot flashes - day and night and sweats. Since then, I developed insomnia and it really affects my daily routine. I was prescribed to take over the counter sleep aid but I only take it every other day so I don't get too dependent on it.

Comment from: Miriam, 45-54 Female Published: August 02

As I am approaching menopause, I am experiencing vaginal dryness and skin tears during sexual intercourse.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

As I approach menopause, I have had hot flashes. I've been tired and had no motivation and I have not had a period in more than a year.

Comment from: M argaret, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I am 49 and became peri-menopausal systems at 45 when my husband left me. I have severe hot flashes during the day and night. I literally soak the bed sheets. My hair has changed also - it has gone curly from being bone straight, and I have lots of white hair too. I also have muscle aches and lots of joint pain. I have had 2 periods in 18 months. I have had no energy and trouble sleeping also. When I get home from work I often need a nap before making dinner. On weekends I could sleep all day. My pharmacist has suggested Evening of Primrose Oil to help with the hot flashes. I am going to give it a try. But the bright side is NO MORE PERIODS!!!

Comment from: vern, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

Although I only experienced a few hot flashes, I did have extremely heavy periods for about 6 years which finally responded to birth control pill therapy. I quit having periods last March. Yeah! I had 10 months off. Last month I experienced some spotting. This month I'm back to having heavy periods. I cannot find any information about anyone else having this issue.

Comment from: susie, 45-54 Female Published: August 02

At 46 my life changed!! I seem to be continually overwhelmed with every little thing. Work was difficult and I took a short term absence because I was suffering from panic attacks. However, staying at home just didn't really help. I've never had anything like this before in my life! Now I am 49 a few days before my period I get night sweets that wake me up. BUT THE WORST symptom at the moment is DIZZINESS...

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I also experienced the "warm foot" symptom. It was such a strange experience and I did not attribute it to menopause. It did start right before the hot flashes took over my life. I had a full year of no periods with no symptoms. I have been experiencing frequent hot flashes all day and all night for the past 6 weeks. Suddenly from one day to the next I developed vaginal discomfort and am treating it with the topical estrogen cream. It is very expensive and bothersome to use. I find it a catch 22: It is preventing the atrophy of my sexual organs but I'm too exhausted for sex and my husband has to sleep in the guest room as my fitful sleep keeps him up all night too. How much sex will we be having?! I'm reluctant to take hormone replacement therapy if I can stand the symptoms without it but am not sure I'm ready to give up the sexual side of a great 32 year marriage. I don't want to be "old" at 54 and my husband deserves a normal sex life. Is the risk of HRT worth it???

Comment from: Daffy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I'm 47 and started getting hot flashes and random periods a year ago. But I've had a funny experience that I have never read about. My husband has to leave the country for several months at a time. When he is home I have regular periods and no hot flashes. Within days of leaving, I return to having menopausal symptoms. There is a clear link here, but I have never read about it. I'm so curious if there is research on a "partner absence/presence" effect.

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