POLL: Is Menopause Getting The Best Of You?

It’s always enlightening (and sometimes entertaining) to learn what other women in our generation are thinking and doing. Every Thursday, FabOverFifty asks members of our community a series of simple questions about pretty complex issues, then we report the results to you the following week.
Today, we’re asking about menopause. Certainly not an entertaining issue, it’s one that can take a big toll on our health and well being, and deserves our attention. Please answer our anonymous poll so we all can learn how menopause is affecting other women, and what we’re doing about it.



1. How old are you?

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2. Are you currently going through any stage of menopause?

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3. Which symptoms are affecting you the most? (Check all that apply)

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4. Are you trying to relieve any of your symptoms?

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5. If you answered yes to #4, are you taking any supplements or prescription drugs? (check all that apply)

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6. If you’re taking estrogen, in what form is it?

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7. If you answered no to #4, why aren’t you taking any supplements or prescription drugs to relieve your menopause symptoms?

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8. How are your menopausal symptoms affecting your lifestyle? (check all that apply)

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9. Where are you getting your information about menopause?

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6 Responses to “POLL: Is Menopause Getting The Best Of You?”

  1. Carla-Margaret (Carla) says:

    Mom’s and sisters told us about Menstruation.NOTHING about The Change.I was able to deal with the once a day heat flash. For me it was once a day. I was unable to reach the bathroom fast enough when the flash of blood came pouring out. (I was working at the time) I believe I was in my early 40’s.

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  2. Shelley Wooldridge says:

    Good grief Linda! You are a warrior!! You have been thru hell and back and I admire your courage and spirit thru it all! I can’t imagine going thru strong menopause, being in a life threatening car wreck and then coming down with a serious illness! I certainly hope your life is back together and that you are free of all the problems you have had! It’s so not fair all the things us women have to go thru!

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  3. Mona says:

    I went through menopause at 34…..all the women on my Maternal side have gone through it before 40. I refused to take HRT’s so I used over the counter herbs, they worked for me. Regardless which treatments you decide to use, research it and do what will work for you.

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  4. Bk says:

    I took premarin for 10 years then the Dr said OH NO you shouldn’t still be taking these. He was the ]one writing the rx , so they stopped me, Last year for 1 week I use the premarin cream for 1 week, I was having severe pain inside my lady parts, Felt like contractions, I went through early menopause I had a everything removed at age 33/

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  5. maria whitney says:

    hormone replacement is what caused my breast cancer 7 years and I advice against it…avoid hormone in meat, soy, and certain herbs as well…

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    • Linda Lee says:

      I COULD NOT take mainstream menopause treatments. I have had blood clots just from using the birth control pill for a mere TWO MONTHS!!! When I learned about Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, I had a difficult time finding ANYONE who trade women with it! When I finally did, though, I was overjoyed at the immediate relief (48 hours later—to me, that WAS immediate!)!

      I did the morning and evening saliva collection, sent them off to the lab, and two weeks later, I was prescribed BHRT for FOUR hormones—all extremely low! My Progesterone, Estrogen, DHEA, AND Testosterone levels were SUPER low! I treated them for six months; then re-did my Saliva tests and my prescriptions were adjusted. They were vastly improved! After one year, I was completely balanced and went off the prescriptions. NO MORE ISSUES!!! UNTIL, that is, I was in a severe car wreck! The pain meds, specifically Percaset, messed up my hormones, and the hot flashes returned! I weaned myself off of Percaset by three weeks post-wreck, but the hot flashes persisted for a YEAR before they went away!!!

      A year-and-a-half ago, I came down with H1N1, which developed into Pneumonia. I required six days in Hospital fighting for my life, while also receiving VERY STRONG antibiotics, and thwn six more weeks on Oxygen at home! The hot flashes came back with a vengeance!

      They FINALLY seem to be tapering off, but I come to realize that it doesn’t take much to send your hormones off-kilter!!!

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