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9/24/12 2:30 P

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I haven't had a period for more than a year and a half. I haven't been to a doctor in over three for any reason. I never had my hormones tested. I haven't been on birth control for over nineteen years ( the time between my two sons). I suffered with hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats and moodiness for ten years starting when I was 36. The periods ended when I was 47. The symptoms listed ended before the periods did.

I never asked for anything for those symptoms. When I once told a doctor that I was having said symptoms, she said I was too young to be going through that when I was in my mid-forties. I suppose I could be tested to see that I'm in menopause, but I don't see the point. I've been doing so far so well.

I figure menopause is a natural function and I don't need to do anything special about it. I figure my bone density is excellent since I'm so heavy for my size. I figure the best I can do is try to eat healthy, exercise and keep stress to a minimum. I'm not doing so well in the stress department. emoticon

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6/10/12 1:21 A

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Oh and I take the black cohosh when I remember as well as the Cleopatra usually at the end of the day. I take the Amberen every morning with my coffee because it seems to be the most effective. I have no side effects from any of these so far

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6/10/12 1:17 A

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I only know Amberen worked for me and it is not hormone replacement which I wanted to avoid. I had a hysterectomy plus i am at that age so I had all the symptoms. Moody, angry, depressed, not sleeping. I would check their website http://www.amberen.com/
They offer a free 30 day trial so it is worth the test. It really worked for me me. I feel normal again. I still have another 60 days to take (you take 90 days on and 90 days off) but I will because I haven't felt this good in about a decade. I have always had a good diet and tons of time in the gym so I am not unhealthy. I heard about this supplement on radio and decided to give it a chance. It is just so nice to be back to my mellow self again.

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6/9/12 10:44 P

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OK, so I AM in menopause- at least my FSH levels were 84! My Nurse pract. put me on Prempro. I'd rather not take anything but with the problems I was having I am willing to do anything to come back to life.

I was so amazingly depressed and snappy. Scary, really... I'm hoping this helps.

What exactly is Amaberen? Is it bio-identical hormones?

When do you take the Black Cohosh? Only at night? I took some of that and was really sleepy and felt weird but maybe its just because I haven't been sleeping well.

thanks for all the input

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6/9/12 4:34 P

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I have been taking black cohosh and chasteberry and it helped with the hot flashes. I have been on Amberen for 30 days and it has taken care of all of my symptoms so far. I am 47. Amberen took care of the mood swings, anger, irritability, and depression. I still take the black cohosh and another supplement I found called Cleopatra. I personally avoid doctors and prescriptions unless I have a broken bone or a sucking chest wound.

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6/6/12 9:46 P

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There are alternative therapies. Natural hormones, cohosh, evening primrose. The ultimate decisions is you

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6/6/12 9:40 P

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I guess that is the ultimate question: am I comfortable. NO. But I'm not comfortable feeling like I'm losing my mind!

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6/6/12 9:38 P

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You have to do what is most comfortable for you. If you are not comfortable taking hormones then don't. It's your body. emoticon

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6/6/12 3:47 P

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I hit menopause before the age of 30 and I've not taken BC or Hormones

I do take a herbal supplement HRT that my hubby thinks works but the only thing I know is that the 5 years of night sweats, major mood swings and everything are lessoned now but they still happen from time to time makes me wish I was like my mom and granny who hit menopause without a sign that it was happening.

Thus its up to you as to what you feel is best for your body, if your levels are low enough then taking HRT might help you or it might not - every woman is different in how they respond to HRT or even BC for that matter and remember BC isn't recommended for those over 40 in general (mostly for health reasons at least thats what I've read - various pills may very)

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you are starting menopause for sure hang in I was 33 years old when my sweats started

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Hi everyone. I'm 47 years old and I think I might be in menopause. I'm having the sweats at night and I went through a 3 week episode where I got really depressed, snappy and it was scary! I'm feeling better than that now but not myself, for sure (although I do tend to get depressed sometimes- this was PMS on steroids!)

I went to my obgyn and she is very conservative when it comes to hormones. She wants me to take the pill- I tried it and had a bit of success, but that was a while ago.

I went to my nurse prac. and she wants me to take the hormones. She did a blood test for hormones, but she says even if it comes back that I still have hormones, she wants me to try to take it.

I'm confused. I'm a little scared of the hormones, but my sister who is 1 year older than me went through menopause at the same time that I am and hormones have made a huge difference to her.

What do you guys think?

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