So does it all get better once you hit menopause? I am turning 54 next month and have not a period since last April. I've been suffering through peri menopausal symptoms since I was 40. But as it turned out, those paled in comparison to what started up when I turned 50.
Since then, I seem to have every menopausal symptom in the book, from flashes to night sweats, insomnia, low mood, low energy, low motivation, zero libido and irritability.
The cognitive effects are the worst though. I have trouble with memory, concentration, planning, organising, even finding words in mid sentence! I have a challenging career and have to be on the ball mentally to perform it, but these past 3-4 yrs I sound like an idiot a lot. Some days I think I have Alzheimers, pmdd and add! I will have to quit working if I can't fix this soon.
I have tried ssri's but they did not help much and had lots of bad side effects. Bio identical progesterone made me sleepy and blue all the time. Seems I'm very sensitive to drugs and hormones.
I'm now on Estrogel for the hot flashes and insomnia, and it's working for those, but it does not make my brain any sharper. My ob/gyn is at a loss as to what else to try. We are thinking of adding Androgel too. She says the gynaecology field does not know much yet about hormones and cognition in menopausal women. She says maybe a neuropsychiatrist can come up with the right mix of treatments.
Any thoughts? And can you recommend somebody with your expertise here in Canada I could see?