Im 48 and I think I'm peri-menopausal

by Michelle
(England)

For some time now I have been feeling fuzzy headed, exhausted all the time, even after a good nights sleep, very poor short term memory, and working in a busy Medical Centre this can be a problem!

However, I am contemplating changing my contraception to Implanon, this exudes Progesterone and after reading testimonies on your website I am hoping it will make me feel better. What are your thoughts on this?

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Aug 07, 2010
Im 48 and I think I'm peri-menopausal
by: Wray

Hi Michelle Yes you are in peri-menopause, this can start 5-10 years before menopause, the average of which is 51. Your symptoms are typical too, for more info please see our page on Peri-menopause. Whatever you do do not get the implant! It's not progesterone, but a synthetic progestin called etonogestrel. For info on side affects please see here. The only safe and equally as effective contraceptive is the copper T IUD, it leaks no synthetic drug into your system. All BC methods based on drugs can have adverse side affects, please see our page on Contraceptives. All BC's stop ovarian function, that's the intention so we don't ovulate. But without ovulation we make no progesterone. This could also explain the symptoms you have now if you are using one, as they also cause insulin resistance. The symptoms you have could be ascribed to this too, for more info please see our page on Insulin Resistance. Progesterone will help rid you of those symptoms, but the amount needs to be between 100-200mg/day. If you do consider it please see this page first on Oestrogen Dominance, it's most disconcerting if it occurs. Take care Wray


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