Help - How do I get my libido back?
I'm 52 - I had my uterus removed when I was 34. After reading one of your articles, I've been very fortunate not to have menopause early. When I was 50 I had a yeast infection and noticed my vagina to be very tight and sex was painful. I cleared that up and the next month I had another infection, this time my husband didn't get it so, I went to the doctors. I had a bacterial infection. It took three doses of the medication before it cleared up.
After that, sex was still painful so, the doctor ordered an ultra sound. They also, gave me some gel to use during sex. The ultra sound showed one ovary shriveled up and the other one had a large mass on it. So, I was sent to another doctor and then scheduled for surgery. I had never spent any time researching menopause because I didn't think that I would go through it because of the hysterectomy. The doctor didn't explain anything to me either. The surgery went well (one of the fallopian tubes had closed itself off and had filled with fluid).
Around seven months off for recovery, and then trying to have sex again, and it was still painful. A friend told me of this web site and another one and I started to find out what was going on. So, I have been using progesterone cream, estriol cream, and DHEA cream for 12 months. I am happy to say the hot flashes and night sweats have stopped and I notice a difference emotionally. (I didn't have any symptoms before surgery).
However, I am struggling with water retention, weight gain, and no libido. I don't know what else to do. I just started using half the estriol to see if that helps with the weight. Do you have any suggestions?