What medications and treatments are being used today for menopause? If you are menopausal, what symptoms do you have, and what do you take for it -- if anything. Have any of you tried the herbal medications that are on the market today for menopause? If so, how well are they working for you?
Do you know of any patients (or any other woman) who takes estrogen replacement medicatons who have side effects from them? Are doctors giving patients who have any type of cancer (breast, ovarian, etc., risk of cancer due to hx in their family) estrogen pills?
What are the risk of a woman having a heart attack if she doesn't take estrogen replacement therapy, or getting breast cancer if she does?
I'm not menopausal yet, but I would like to be prepared for it ahead of time as it must be around the corner since I'm fifty years young already.
Thanks for your comments! They will be very much appreciated. :kiss
Jun 19, '02
Last edit by DebsZoo on Apr 20, '03
Jun 20, '02
Nurseratchett29...I do think I am having some perimenopausal symptoms. Sometimes a heat wave will come over me...not an extreme one...mild...but still heat just the same. I jack up the airconditioner until I cool off...freezing hubby and doggy to death, so he grabs the blanket. No sooner he's comfy with the blanket (the dog is under the blanket with him, mind you), I turn down the air declaring an ice war in the house.
Then, guess who is grabbing the blanket?
Another symptom I am having is sweating (face, under the boobs, under the arms, in the groin areas...), especially at NIGHT.
I wake up semi-damp around my neck...usually sleep naked anyway, but if I happen to don a nightshirt on a 'cool night', the neck to the nightshirt is damp. The thing is...I have never been known to SWEAT...not ever!
Well...I am now.
Micro...it's a shame that the menopausal phase of life for women is treated like such a taboo because it is all a part of change. Men have their 'pause' in life...
and women have ours. Soooooo...women are going to have to start much younger now in terms of thinking about their changing bodies and educate ourselves on the facts of a woman's life changes so we are prepared to embrace every phase of life that we are so privileged to be living. This is why I needed to start this thread. I want to learn from other women...teach younger woman...about this very challenging phase of being a woman. I saw the show on Oprah one day where her gyn was on the show talking abut menopause, and how we shouldn't be afraid to embrace it, but to equip ourselves with the knowledge of what to expect so we can deal with the change more successfully than women in years past.
My mood swings are pretty much controlled with the anti-depressant (Celexa) that I take once a day. Since I don't have perioids (haven't since age 28), I can't tell if I'm entering menopause from that route of the body...decreased cycles...absent cycles and such, but I can tell when I'm pms-ing every month since I still have two functional ovaries. I do not have vaginal dryness yet...although notice some decrease at times in vaginal fluids during intercourse...not often...but at times. These are topics we don't address enough, and if nurses don't feel comfortable with this phase of our lives, how are we to be of any help to our female patients in this phase of their lives?
So...the thread continues...much appreciative to. This is very educational to us all.
Last edit by live4today on Jun 20, '02