Menopause? Scheduled for hysterectomy in 13 days...still deciding.
Hello, I am 51, I will be 52 on January 4th. For most of my life I've suffered with bad pms. My cycles started at 12 yrs old. With that I also began to have very bad headaches, most often migraines. At 15 yrs old I was put on BC pills to "help" with the headaches & the pms symptoms. I gained a lot of weight and my headaches worsened so I was taken off of the pill w/in that year.
I now have 3 children, all were natural births and I've had no known miscarriages. The only time I was 100% headache free was during my (all 3) pregnancies. As a young adult I always had some sort of cysts and/or fibroids. Fibroids were even present during the pregnancies but seemingly dissolved shortly after giving birth. For the past 8+ yrs I have dealt with various symptoms....heavy periods, headaches, constant nausea, yeast infections, low libido, bloating, constipation, memory loss, inability to focus, dizziness, breast tenderness, fibrocystic breasts, ringing in my ears, and many others.
For the last 2+ yrs my cycles have gotten much worse, with very heavy bleeding and longer periods...my longest (October) being 23 days long. I've had many sonograms to measure and keep track of the fibroids, there are at least 6 of various sizes and my uterus is double the size it should be. In September 2015 I had a D&C done. All the tests done show no cancer. In October I met with my doctor and he recommended a hysterectomy, for the most part, because of the heavy bleeding and the fact that I am anemic, although not severe. He says he will leave the ovaries as long as he finds that they are healthy when he is in there. I am scheduled for surgery on 1/8/16. After such difficult years dealing with all of these things I decided perhaps it might be best to take his advice.
My sudden change of heart now is that for 2 months, both in November and December I had very light periods. They both lasted 3 days and never reached a level beyond "scant". I also have, for the past year, been experiencing night sweats, moodiness, and bouts of sadness. These symptoms have increased quite a bit in the past 3 or 4 months. Last spring a blood test showed no signs of menopause, but even my doctor said that the test is not accurate. I have a post op appointment on January 4th and I am leaning heavily toward not having the surgery to see if these menopausal symptoms continue and/or worsen and also to try natural progesterone therapy. The main issue has always been the bleeding and not so much the fibroids in and of themselves. If however my cycles were to continue to be as the last two were, the bleeding would no longer be an issue. I feel apprehensive & don't put a lot of trust in traditional doctors, yet I know I can not continue to have such heavy cycles as it completely wipes me out and leaves me feeling awful. I feel that perhaps the progesterone could help & I think it's certainly worth trying, but I guess that too is scary because I just don't know if it's the answer to my problems. Please help.