At 42, I had a complete hysterectomy to remove a uterine fibroid mass that caused intense bleeding during my period. This would have automatically thrust me into menopause, were it not for the estrogen my gynecologist prescribed and which I dutifully took, few questions asked. I continued taking a low dose until five years ago, when I turned 60 and worried I was increasing my risk of getting breast cancer.
I never experienced a single menopausal symptom throughout my 18 years on estrogen. Days after I stopped taking it, however, my first hot flash came calling: Within seconds, my hair was dripping wet. I soldiered through about a dozen more of these lovely hot flashes over the next week or so, then went right back on estrogen. I’m not at high risk for breast cancer, so I figured I’d rather take the chance than suffer through these ridiculous flashes. Call me stupid, but that’s what I decided.
A year later, I wanted to see what would happen if I stopped the estrogen again, and, thankfully, I didn’t get a single flash. Other than losing my libido, which doesn’t especially bother me, I had no other menopausal symptoms. I’d rather never have sex again than have a hot flash. Really!
“I suffered through them for months on end,” one of my FOF sisters told me. “I’d wake up sopping wet,” she said. Now that so many FOF women are going through this dreadful period in their lives (excuse the pun), scads of products are being introduced to help them relieve symptoms.
Menopause has become big business.
The problem is, most treatments don’t work or don’t work well enough. Dr. Sharon Giese, a plastic surgeon I know, with impeccable credentials, traveled from doctor to doctor during the last year, to learn how to deal best with her own perimenopausal symptoms. She became discouraged and confused, upset with the inaccurate information that would have proved detrimental to her health. She should know. She’s a doctor!
“I was getting all kinds of advise about hormones and other treatments. It was a nightmare. Doctors contradicted one other and recommended therapies I knew wouldn’t work. It became more and more frustrating,” she told me. Determined to learn as much as she could about the causes and effects of menopause, she uncovered a treatment that she calls “a miracle,” which she is introducing at the FOF Beauty Bash on September 29 in New York. Dr. Giese is using it on herself and on one of her high-profile patients, Sonja Morgan, one of the “Real Housewives of New York City.” Sonja will be at the Bash, too, to tell everyone how well it’s working on her.
I promise FOF will explain the procedure to everyone after the Bash. For now, I hope every single FOF who is within shouting distance of New York will come to hear first hand what Dr. Giese and Sonja have to say about it. When Dr. Giese explained the treatment to me last week, I told her to “sign me up.” By the way, it also works wonders on women who have been through menopause. “You’ll feel fabulous and empowered. I promise,” Dr. Giese told me.