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Old 11-23-2007, 07:03 AM   #1
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I'm confused w/the end of menopause being symptom free??

I'm so confused with being symptom free at the end of menopause. First, I'm told you are in menopause while you are still having your period and they start to cease, and that post-menopause is after your periods stop and thats when your symptoms stop. I had few symptoms as my periods were ceasing and stopped my periods 11 yrs ago, but my REAL symptoms stared 4 yrs after they stopped and still continue. Am I the only weird one?? And everyone says that after all your symptoms stop you are thru and done with the menopause and you feel great, just like before the menopause. This is my confusion, if you are in the menopause and have all it's symptoms and the symptoms are because your body is decreasing its store of estrogen and your body is adjusting to it but you REALLY NEED those hormones to feel great like you did all your life when you had them, how in the world, do you end up feeling great again, after the menopause is over, when your body has lost or does not make much estrogen anymore, the hormone you need, to feel great again??? How can you feel like yourself again when you don't have what you need to do so?? PLease, someone straighten me out.

 
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Old 11-23-2007, 07:52 AM   #2
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Re: I'm confused w/the end of menopause being symptom free??

Hummmm?? what are your 'real' symptoms? And how did you determine that you were through with menopause and then had symptoms 4 years later? Every women's journey through menopause is completely different...but generally you have a blood test to be absolutely sure that you are in menopause. I went in to menopause 11 years ago and still have to take HRT. Even with that I still have irritating symptoms.

 
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Old 11-23-2007, 09:09 AM   #3
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Re: I'm confused w/the end of menopause being symptom free??

Thanks for the answer. I'm not thru with menopause, I was pretty sure menopause started only after you stopped your periods, but I read a book called The Pause and she said menopause is the day you stop your periods and post-menopause started the day after that. I always thought you were post-menopausal when all symptoms finally stopped. I had my first blood work 2yrs after periods stopped, 9 yrs ago, FSH, thyroid, others, that confirmed it and have had others since. My symptoms, 1st yr hot flashes,still have them, alot, and over the years since and still now, I have heart palps., fight or flight feelings, thin hair, muscle and joint pain, extreme intestinal problems, nerve tingling, can't sleep and others, but never had night sweats. So when women say they are thru with the menopause does that mean all these symtoms ceased? I can see how you have them when your hormones are up and down everyday while in the throws of menopause, but everyone says they eventually stop once your body adjusts to the lack of estrogen. Which, makes me wonder, how does your body ever adjust and go back to normal when its missing some hormones, the ones that always keep you body normal to start with?? Linda

 
Old 11-23-2007, 04:49 PM   #4
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Re: I'm confused w/the end of menopause being symptom free??

As far as I know (and this is only from my research and reading), the body never really stops making estrogen after your periods stop, it just makes much lower amounts. Once those amounts remain fairly stable, and once your body has adjusted to the lower levels, the symptoms should recede. (At least that's what I've read.)

HTH!

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Old 11-26-2007, 04:44 AM   #5
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Re: I'm confused w/the end of menopause being symptom free??

Crowgirl is correct. Your body still makes small amounts of estrogen. Mostly, inthe fat cells which continue to produce estrogen. It is of a different type but still functions for us.

I have heard it said that ladies who have more fat tissue sometimes have an easier time with the symptoms of meno.

 
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