Menopause at 43

by Ms M Turner
(England)

I am 47 years old and started to experience menopause at the age of 43 naturally, although I was upset as I thought it was too early, always believed it happened in our fifties.

For the last 2 years I have started to feel so tired, usually about 5pm or thereabouts, my energy has gone, I have noticed my hair is becomming thin and facial wrinkles are more, and to add to the misery, my sex drive took a nose dive, I have always had a good sex drive. My doctor offered to put me on HRT which I did not want to do as I was put off by the dangers. I have hot flushes that become very intense, but don't actually sweat, the flush wakes me in the night and I feel very irritable and have no patience with things. The worst part for me is I feel that I've gone from a vibrant, energetic happy woman to someone quite the opposite. My doctor would not give me a hormone test to see if I was estrogen dominant, or in fact to see if my hormones were normal.

After much thought, I decided to do something about this, so I bought some Natpro progesterone cream and started using it about 3 weeks ago now, 2.5ml in the morning and 2.5ml in the evening. Over these weeks I have noticed that my energy has increased and I'm not tired. I have more energy in the evenings and the mad thing is that my sex drive has returned. I was gobsmacked. The only downside is I seem to be having headaches since I started the Natpro and would like to know is this normal and why is this happening?

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Jan 27, 2010
Menopause at 43
by: Wray

Hi Ms Turner. The average age of menopause itself is 51, but the symptoms can start 10 years beforehand, it did with me. Please see this. And this.

It seems the mid to late 40's are when symptoms start getting worse, it did with me, and others I've helped. Your description of how you feel now and how you were is so like the experience I went through. In fact I was baffled by it all, was this getting older?!

I'm relieved you did not accept the HRT, not what you needed. I'm delighted you decided to try the cream, even more that you've responded so quickly. The headaches are caused by excess oestrogen. Please see this web page for a full explanation. I suggest you rub some cream on your neck, especially under your ears if you feel one coming.

Libido is helped by progesterone, in fact we have many men using it for that! It stimulates the production of nitric oxide which is a potent vasodilator, so incidentally is progesterone. Viagra works by also increasing NO levels, but with adverse side affects. Progesterone should help your hair growth, but you could take 2000mg/day inositol and 2000mg/day N-acetyl cysteine, both these are very beneficial to the hair. Cysteine also strengthens skin and nails too. And try some of the cream on your face, I do am and pm, please see this. Take, care Wray

Feb 04, 2010
Menopause
by: Alena

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Feb 24, 2010
Menopause at 43
by: Wray

Hi Alena. Thanks for your kind comment! I'm not sure if you've seen the other contributions and comments, but please have a look on this web page for more. Take care, Wray

Jul 21, 2011
going crazy!
by: Anonymous

Hi I will b 43 next month. The past 6 months or more I havent felt myself. I asked my doc. if I could have menopause. She tells me im to young! I have had a few hot flash,PMS has seemed to got worse,I worry about everything now to the point I have nausea! I went & had a upper GI & ultrasound cause they was thinking it was my gallbladder. Came back nothing. So I went to women doc. & had a sonagram I go Fri. for results. Im going to ask her to give me a blood test. I think its pre menopause. I have made myself sick with worry that there is something really bad & wrong with me. My mother said she went threw it in her 40's & I also saw on here that smoking can cause u to go threw it a few years early. I have smoked for 20 years! I havent missed my period yet but did notice a change. I use to have a steady 5 days now im down to 3 days & very light. Do u know if when they do the blood test do u have to fast for it? Reason I ask is if so I'm not going to eat after 12 so I can go get the blood test the same day. And How long will feeling the way I feel last? Do I have to go threw this for 10 years? I sure hope not! I hate the person I become & how I feel. I quit my job & it seems like I just dont have a life. I do think that if I find out it is menopause I might feel better knowing im not crazy cause I feel like I'm going crazy! I cant sllep at night, Forget things & I never use to forget! The only thing I dont understand is I lost 20 pounds the past few months not gain? But thats cause im sick to my stomach cause of worry. Well I hope u can help me. I can use all the friends I can get to help me better understand what I am going threw. Hope to hear from u soon.

Feb 17, 2012
perimenopause
by: Tiffanie

I will be 44 next month..Last month I was bleeding for 12 days. Got period on Jan 4th, it lasted the normal 5-6 days then started cramping again and kept bleeding. Now this month I havent gotten it yet ? Today is Feb. 17th..Dont know what to make of this ??

Apr 18, 2012
44 menopause
by: Anonymous

I started my symptoms at age 41, I was completelt baffled and my own doctor was in denial of this. However, it has not affected my mood swings or my sex drive. I do get the hot flashes and a little weight gain. However, I managed to loose all of it. I have not had a period for 2 years and today I started spotting very lightly... I am concerned about that! any suggestions?

Apr 19, 2012
perimenopause
by: Wray

Hi Tiffanie Sorry I missed your post when it came in, it does sometimes happen and I have no idea why. I see I've missed the one before too. You are definitely now in Peri-menopause, when cycles do become very erratic. Progesterone levels are dropping due to anovulatory cycles, but oestrogen is still being secreted. If you get cramping rub some progesterone cream over the painful area, it's a potent analgesic. I recommend using 100-200mg/day, more if symptoms are severe. The link I've given you explains how to use it. Take care Wray

Apr 19, 2012
44 menopause
by: Wray

Hi there Your doctor could so easily have run saliva or serum tests to find out if you were in Menopause, without denying it! It could be you are still in Peri-menopause. Although normally it's advised to wait a full year of no periods to declare menopause, the spotting makes me think you're not there yet. We never stop making oestrogen, our fat cells make it. Generally this is insufficient to build the uterine lining, but it can occur, particularly in the early stages of menopause. It appears this could be the case with you. If it worries you, you could have it looked into. If the Hot Flushes bother you, progesterone does help. Take care Wray

Apr 18, 2013
Menopause at 43
by: Anonymous

Hi gals,
I went thru menopause at 43 and am now 46...so far it went smoothly but I am concerned as to what caused it...my doctor doesn't understand as there is no family history of it...I am not doing anything for it but my sex drive has died and I have no children:(....i don't have insurance as I can't afford it so is there a natural remedy out there that is simple and safe? How much vitamin D and magnesium should I take...any helpful hints?...thxo!

Apr 18, 2013
Menopause at 43
by: Wray

Hi there It doesn't necessarily follow that there has to be a family history to explain something. There are so many environmental poisons now, not least the endocrine disruptors, over 100 are oestrogen mimics, see Our Stolen Future. Chronic exposure to oestrogen causes reproductive senescence. This paper says "Although it is widely accepted that exposure to estradiol throughout life contributes to reproductive aging.... Recent evidence ..... of chronic estradiol-mediated accelerated reproductive senescence now suggests such a hypothesis. It has been shown that chronic estradiol exposure results in the destruction of greater than 60% of all beta-endorphin neurons in the arcuate nucleus .....This loss of opioid neurons is prevented by treatment with antioxidants indicating that it results from estradiol-induced formation of free radicals", see here. We do have a page on Inflammation which gives a list of the most potent antioxidants which you might consider taking. Plus progesterone, it does help Libido. The page also gives a list of nutrients which help libido. We also have more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. I'm pleased you asked about vitamin D and magnesium, so important to health. The best product can be found here. It's one Dr Cannell put together and gives all the co-factors needed by vitamin D. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml (175-250nmol/L) and not the 30ng/ml (75nmol/L) most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although recent research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Take care Wray

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