Written by Charlene Hartung

Curated | Health

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15 Apr, 2021

Faced with this diagnosis, my gynae suggested more tests. She checked all kinds of hormone levels and she informed me that because my ovaries have failed, the chances of me ever producing eggs again are non-existent.
I had no family history of menopause at this age and my mother’s menopause started when she was around 50 years old.
After a physical examination she determined that my uterus was healthy, its lining was exactly what it needed to be, and that I was still able to carry a baby, it would just not be mine biologically.

This body has given me so much. Two beautiful healthy children. Two healthy no-hassle pregnancies. And at 37, it just stopped working.
I have so much to be thankful for. How could I be upset? How could I be angry?
I am not angry. Or sad. I don’t feel like an old lady. All I’ve ever felt was a deep sense of appreciation for my body and that God has planned things this way.
I am not seeking further answers or ways to have another baby. It’s my decision to manage my symptoms and accept what God has given me.

Symptoms
The symptoms I experienced were:
1. Changes in my menstrual cycles.
2. Vaginal dryness.
3. Decrease in libido.
4. My skin was in a terrible state. I had big painful pimples. And no matter what creams I used, or peels I did, nothing helped.
5. I was very restless at night and often found I couldn’t sleep.
6. I experienced cold sweats and felt I was overheating at night.
7. I was very constipated.
8. My stomach was hugely bloated, and nothing I did, and no diet I followed changed that.
9. I started growing facial hair.
10. I was urinating very frequently.

Treatment Options
Younger women (as in my case) who find themselves in menopause have a long period of postmenopausal life, which means you are at increased risk of health problems such as early-onset osteoporosis or heart disease. For this reason, it is recommended that they take some form of hormone therapy until they reach the typical age of menopause (around 51 years old). This may be the combined oestrogen and progesterone oral contraceptive pill, or menopausal hormone therapy (MHT).

My Gynea prescribed a contraceptive pill for me. I’ve opted to also include a natural supplement called Femular to treat the symptoms and it has helped so much. The night sweats and hot flushes are gone. In addition, I take Vitamin D, B9 and B12.

My advice to you is that if you notice just the slightest change in your menstrual cycle, go see your doctor. With the right information you can make good decisions about your health: Knowledge is Power and Health is Wealth.

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