I was diagnosed with menopause last year at the age of 40. My main complaint was joint pain/stiffness. I am on a low dose Estrogen but try to take the minimum amount. What is most helpful is a hormone program called Women to women...they have a regimen of supplements that have helped me tremenduosly. Also, trying to stay away from triggers such as alcohol & caffeine...which is hard. It's a balancing act, when I take too much estrogen, my breasts become engorged & so painful. When Ireduce the dose, my joints hurt so bad. There is little support in the medical community. My Gyn doesnt really know much about it either. They put you on estrogen & forget about you. She cant really answer my questions either. I feel like Im in the dark trying to treat myself. Thankfully, Im a nurse with some knowledge & I try to listen to what my body is telling me. I actually diagnosed myself even though my Gyn kept saying I wasnt in menopause. Sure enough, checked my levels & I was in full blown menopause. So dont trust that your doctor knows what they are talking about.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a complete masectomy and reconstruction four years ago. My cancer was estrogen fed. I have had a complete hysterectomy a year and a half ago due to fibroids and irregularites in my ovaries. I suffered massive bleeding during my periods and was constantly anemic before, but due to my breast cancer it was thought that I may have ovarian cancer since the blood test they ran came back elevated. Totally different between breast cancer and hysterectomies. Breast cancer is diagnosed and treated whereas a complete hysterectomy is a wait and see if you already have cancer or not but we must remove everything to find out. Hmmmm... not so great! Since my breast cancer was estrogen fed I was told I needed to go Tamoxifen which is a drug that acts on your estrogen so it doesn't create more cancer but my cancer growths were small enough I said no. When the hysterectomy came up last year I was left with nothing and I could not take any kind of hormone because of the estogen fed cancer. Well, after the hysterectomy I started experiencing all the horrors of menopause. Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleeplessness(of course who can sleep when you are either burning up or freezing to death). My doctor (who was a female and specialized in female cancers) prescribed an antidepressant. One of the side effects of this particular drug was preventing hot flashes, so you know I said great! I am not a drug taker even though I take a handful of vitamin and mineral supplements each morning(my mom is a health food nut and the vitamin thing is engrained in my brain). The thought of relying on something that is not natural for my health does not get it but at that time I was game for anything and nothing else was in my realm for relief. I have been taking the antidepressant for a year and a half. I started out taking two a day with some relief but still night sweats and hot flashes persisted. I started seeking other remedies, soy, black cohosh, and additional menopause miracles. Nothing! I could have spent $$$$$$ but I had faith that one day I would be free of the heat. I decided I was going to try to get off the antidepressant, I was told that there would be some withdrawal but not that bad. I reduced my pill taking by half and the flashes were bad, so I started taking the whole 2 pills a day again. I have gradually gotten down to one a day and my flashes and night sweats have all but disappeared. I will reduce another half a pill for a couple of months and see what happens. I have gained about 15 pounds since the hysterectomy but am trying to eat right and walk everyday for 15 minutes. I have to make myself!!!! Eating right is hard and ice cream is so good!!!! I am a new grandmother and have two babies. I take my happiness from them, my family and my wonderful friends and yes of course my husband.
I might look at this hysterectomy/menopause thing differently if I hadn't had breast cancer but I don't think so. Look for the little things in life to take joy in and try to be happy with life. Things could be worse!!!!
I have been busy reading over a lot of these comments. I am fifty years old and a mother of 6. For a few years I had quite a battle getting up in the morning, due to depressed feelings and achy stiff knees and joints. No libido!Tending to the house, husband and children, was becoming increasingly difficult. Then, my close friend, told me about a product called Laminine. Out of a courtesy to her, I bought it and started taking it. Within a month, no more stiffness, and my mood, energy, libido and sleep greatly improved. I am fifty and still have a regular period, no major menopausal symptoms, and I feel fairly good. I still have bouts with an irregular heartbeat and heart palpatations. Cardiologist couldn't find anything wrong. Very frustrating, so I think I will check out my thyroid and parathyroid since my mother had similar problems. My brother suffered with fybromyalgia, and he started taking this product Laminine, He suffered for 4 years and he has been taking in for 2 months. He says he feels 95% better. Two other family members have had issues with depression and joint aches and it has helped them. I don't know if there is a connection, but I thank the Lord for His help.
Have you ever considered that some people can wind up with shocking adrenal fatigue in the situation she is in and need help NOT to work themselves stupid and make the adrenal fatigue worse. You have absolutely NO right to assume everyone is NOT exercising either!
As a 58 yo Nurse Practitioner and a Hot and Heavier women going thru all the same symptoms as you folks...I will offer what i am doing and recomending to my own patients with some success.
1. changed to a "whole food" lifestyle..no dairy or gluten, Organic (trial for 6 months) eating on the outside edges of the grocery store. Processed foods cause chronic inflamation (inflammation) in the body...with all kinds of outcomes, especially fatigue, insulin resistence, belly fat, achy joints & muscles. (Soft back book called "Practical Paleo" by Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC is wonderful. $25.00 Costco or online.) I am so busy, travel on the road and work 2 jobs, and have 2 grandkids...I need easy! It has 30 day meal plans, grocery list, how to do everything to get healthy. Check if you have "my fit foods. Try Whole food and gluten free foods at restaurants. many have special menus. Delicious! it taught me ideas on how to make and pre set up for lunches in my cooler on the road. LARA bars &/or nuts for snaks.
' in your area, great for prepared food glutenfree and some dairy free if on the run or don't know how to start paleo. not expensive!
2. Exercise 3 x w; zumba twice; ball room instruction on Saturday early pm.
I go alone to both as well as others and all of us just worrry about moving our bodies not trying to be perfect. I very briskly walk my crazy puppy almost nightly.
3. When insomnia bad...Melatonin Plus. It has melatonin to get sleepy, Theanine to keep you asleep mid-nite, and Valarian to calm and promote rest. Its at Sams club for $6.58 for 300 tabs. (outside pharmacies want $22.00 for 30 tabs.) does tend to give me very colorful dreams...not all bad or scary but it does work for many with minimal hangover effect.
4. Laugh hard, alot, often...see funny in everything!!! (for those who have SiriusXM radio they have "Laugh USA" clean humor. really helps while on the road)
5.Drink, Drink Drink, min. 64 oz (8 glasses) filtered water that removes 99% of everything .End after 7pm with only sips to keep mouth wet so not up all nite peeing.
6. I tell all my patients to go online or listen on the Sirius Radio to "Ask The Pharmacist" with Joe Demateo. (just google it) He is amazing, sincere genius! His credentials of very impressive and you can email in symptoms and he reads it on the show. Or for $75.00 he will do a personal eval with you of problems. I have learned so much from him.
7. Keep a "Thankful Journal" daily. No matter how bad a "Job" day you have had, there is always something you can be thankful for (which increases endorphins as does vigorous exercise. This is natural feel good drug! the more depressed, the lower the chemicals in the brain causing more clinical chance of chronic depression and possible need for treatment.
8. I agree with the other commentors... your situation is serious and you need a therapist to talk to so you can develop some healthy coping mechanisms to get thru this...and you will! Apply for Medicaid, State medical insurance if it is available- sliding scale or go to free clinic for your therapist and healthcare needs. You would be amazed at what services are available when you have nothing but you have got to search for them.
9 don't try to do all this above at once!!! start small, 1 step at a time, make better food choices even when you can't afford organic right now. Be patient with yourself. the real you (normal harmones) is inside, and you will see her again...this is a season, keep repeating this to yourself.
With much compassion and love...we are a sisterhood of sorts. Use us!
Hi there, and I'm sorry you're having such a difficult time. I have been someone who works out all my life and what I noticed as I've aged is that I am much more tired and it is much more difficult to melt away pounds. The pounds I used to gain and get rid of within days, now stick around very stubbornly. I had this discussion with my doctor who is very open to alternative therapy. He gave me a pamphlet on Macafem that also included other information about other alternatives. Since then I have used Macafem for about 9 months and have had amazing results. My libido has kicked back in and when I exercise I find the stubborn inches around my mid-section tend to respond much better. My exercise routine consists of walking most every day (often I do a walk-run routine where I walk and few minutes then I put a hop in my step to kick it up a notch for a few minutes then alternate back and forth that way during my walk). It works wonderfully for me and I find I don't dread the thought of exercising this way. Sometimes I take my dog and sometimes I go with a friend and sometimes I go it alone and enjoy the serenity which is also good for my soul. Exercising this way has given me more energy. Now the amazing thing is that I ran out of Macafem and did not get around to ordering more for about a month. Guess what? The stubborn mid-section pounds once again began to be difficult to lose. I'm back on my Macafem and they are melting away. Of course, I have to keep exercising in order to make that happen though. I am 51 years old and love Macafem. I hope this helps you or anyone else who might read it.
Every women want get relief from menopause symptoms. She tried many things like patches, cream, supplements. Supplements is the easy way to get relief from menopause. But the menopause supplement must contain the natural ingredients. Macafem is one the menopause supplement. My aunt tried that supple but she was not satisfy much enough. Read the product reviews before buying any product. Choose the product wisely.
Without taking in extra calories, a person doesn't gain 30-40 pounds in a short time because they're not exercising. If what you said is true, every woman over 50 who doesn't exercise would be morbidly obese. I took a drug for a few years that caused weight gain, a lot of it, and the crappy comments by know-nothings like you were lies based on pseudoscience and harmful to the person going through whatever problem they're having. Once I stopped taking the drug, the weight slowly came off with no dieting or exercise. All the lectures about calories in, calories out, workouts, etc., were bull**it, just like your comment.
cc101---your problem sounds extreme for menopause, so you may want to get your thyroid and adrenal gland checked as well. Keep bugging the doctor until you find something that works. Good luck.
Hi. I bought some black cohosh about 2 months ago and started taking it. I had really bad hot flashes in the daytime as well as feeling dizzy sometimes. At night I was hot and cold .....sweating till my clothes were damp, then freezing. I didn't think it was helping and was going to stop until about a couple weeks ago I realized it had finally started working. I rarely have any hot flashes now and I'm sleeping much better at night....except for when my husband snores! I have read some articles that say black cohosh can cause weight gain and others say it can help with weight loss so who knows. I gained weight over the last few years due to other things....I don't think the black cohosh changed that either way. I'm going to stop taking it for a while and see what happens....but keep some on hand.
Hello everyone! Nothing like misery loving company, but as many of you have stated, it is reassuring to see that others are going through the same hell and that weird symptoms are shared by others. What a long strange trip.
I am in my third year of peri-menopause (I am 53) and after having had most of the severe symptoms somewhat regulated with dietary changes (I have given up on most dairy and gluten at the suggestion of my acupunturist), acupuncture treatments and varied vitamins and herbal supplements, have now had the hot flashes, tingling fingers, insomnia and other fun stuff come back with a vengeance. Not being able to sleep is the worst, I am so tired that I can barely get through the day, which doesn't make me want to keep up with what I have been doing. Vicious cycle.
Has anyone had any experiences good or bad with Amberen? I tried it, it worked for me, went off of it and had everything come back, went back on and it has stopped working.
Good luck to all of you...hang tough, you are NOT ALONE. I read someplace that due to the size of the baby boomer population, this is now the largest number of menopausal women in history!!
You are a sweetheart for giving us all that good information on Macafem.
I was about to make a purchase until the information you provided
made me change my mind. I did not know the common name was
Maca. Why pay so much extra for a fancy name.
I have lost weight by eating 3 small meals and 2 snacks.a day. I feel so much better. My stomach doesn't hurt as much, When I do eat junk food I always regret it.I don't deprive myself from eating sweets. I exercise occasionally. I drink a lot of Kerr mostly for breakfast. I'm not in menopause, but I was searching the net to find a natural way to improve vagina lubrication.I will be 55 this year.I wonder what menopause is going to be like for me.
Hi my name is Tammy I'm really sorry that people can be so very cruel and rude. Im just starting menopause and don't have weight problem . but I am very fatigue to where i am stuggling so much. im going to making a doctors appointment some time next week. if i come a cross something that works i sure will let you know. hang in there you not along :) Tammy
Hi My name is Lisa if anyone comes up with anything that works please let me know I am suffering also. I am execrising so that my need, I looking for vitamins something natural that would help us all. Maybe we should start a TV show that we can get some help for real
Hi Ladies! I stumbled upon this 4 years and running post looking for reviews on Macafem. I thought it might give my regimen a boost. What I didn't count on is that it reminded me how bad I used to be, so I thought I'd share what works for me. Firstly though, cc101 sounds like many of the doctors I have talked to. They mean well, but they don't know crapola.
Anyway, I am 34 years old and been suffering from hormone fluctuations since I was 25. I had a hysterectomy 5 years ago because of adenomyosis but kept my ovaries. They best way I can explain my "periods" now is that I have every other horrible symptom minus the heavy bleeding, clots, and cramping. I am estrogen dominant, but also have low hormones. What that means is that all my hormones are low, but my progesterone is rock bottom low. I was told a year ago that I have started menopause. No duh.
I began exercising years ago and even though I have gained muscle mass, I have kept my fat. So I am just bigger everywhere. Exercise is wonderful and has helped tremendously, but starting slow is key and never overdue it or you'll just make matters worse (I have learned this the hard way). I have also had thyroid fluctuations but my docs (yes, docs, unfortunately I have several) have all said it is too mild to treat. I did my own research in the last few months and now know that their "normal range" is probably not my normal range, especially when I got my hands on thyroid tests I had when I was still healthy and hormonally balanced.
Look up on a thyroid website how to take your basal body temperature and average out your temp over 5 days. If it is low, then your thyroid is not working well. Check the symptoms of hypothyroid of course to make sure your temp isn't low from something else. If you have a good doc and can afford it, have them test TSH, Free T3, Free T4, and Thyroid Antibodies.
Here is what is working for me:
(You can buy the following at amazon.com)
EstrSmart (EstroSmart Plus made my headaches worse)
Pure Encapsulation Multi t/d
Pure Encapsulation 5,000 iu vitamin D (don't skip this one!)
(You can buy the following at progesteronetherapy.com)
Natpro Progesterone Cream
(I used 400 mg daily for 3 months and saw great results, it's expensive though and the above regimen works without it, only slower. I now only use progesterone cream at 40 mg when needed for occasional anxiety, night sweats, insomnia.)
Exercise in moderation and beginning very slowly
DRINK MORE WATER
(A basic recipe is juice of 1/4 lemon, juice of 1/2 lime, 1/2 tsp ginger root powder, 3 cups sliced fruit (your favs, but adding 1 banana makes the smoothie frothier), 1 packed cup cilantro or parsley, 1 packed cup dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, etc.), 1 cup chopped veggies (cucumber, celery, etc.), 2 cups packed lettuce (red leaf, romaine, green leaf, butter, not iceberg), 1 cup water. Blend and blend and blend. Drink two to four glasses a day. Use a straw, it makes it go down easier and yes, I love the taste. You will be surprised at how good it tastes.)
I hope this helps some of you ladies. I not only have lost almost all of the weight I gained, but I am feeling normal again. Don't give up! Oh and stay away from parabens (they act like a bad estrogen on the body and worsen symptoms, they're in lotions, conditioners, and the like). In fact, don't ingest anything that acts like a estrogen even if you are low in estrogen (black cohosh, soy). It makes the body stop producing its own.
I also have menapause issues. In the last 6-12 months have been having difficulty sleep without getting up every 30 minutes or every hour. After reading your post and the others, I decided to do everything differently.
Then I had the best sleep in the last 2 days. This is what I did. 2 Calcium magnesium in AM and at PM which is = to 400 mg of mag., I ate an egg and a slice of turkey bacon (Tryptophan) which help relax you to sleep later. Started to do spurts of rest and spurts of work (vacuumed the house, then watched a 2 hr movie 3:00 in the afternoon, then I gardened for 1 hour, followed by relaxing as I ate dinner)
This is less stress on the body, fun to get work done that feels physically good (endorphins). Also- I do eat well, Lots of fruits, vegetables and protein and grains, but I was drinking too much caffeine (Coffee and tea)
I decided for every cup of coffee- It was suggested to drink 2 cups of water, so that is what I did and wala I started drinking less coffee, more water and more of a selection of teas which I started to put in the fridge to make them colder. I was finding that the hot drinks sometimes started a hot flash. I also Like my cup of red wine or dark beer in the evening. They too started hot flashes, so I drink either a half a beer with dinner or rose or white with dinner.(sandwiched between water ofcourse) I do not schedule things so close together anymore... and this helps. If I feel a hot flash coming on, relaxing and doing some yoga cooling breathing helps (breath slowly in and out of left nostril) I do already play tennis just about every day. I also stretch. I have found out warm showers are better than hot ones. I wear layers of clothes. I try to have my day as an interval training class, full of variety, nothing too short or long, always fun, nothing too stressful or packed together too tightly—must not be stressed. Listen to lots of comedy stations in car. hope this helps.
I had the same! I just finished my first bottle. Took 3 pills for the first 3-4 weeks and just bumped it up to 3 in there AM and 3 in the PM. No more night sweats, anxiety minimized, energy increased and sex drive- yup, it's back! I am literally one month in. Wondering what long term holds.
I had the same! I just finished my first bottle. Took 3 pills for the first 3-4 weeks and just bumped it up to 3 in there AM and 3 in the PM. No more night sweats, anxiety minimized, energy increased and sex drive- yup, it's back! I am literally one month in. Wondering what long term holds.
I have looked at the website and it seems to be nothing more than a general mixed supplement (with a source that sounds very unique, I admit). I am a little short of money at the moment and going through similar, so I may look into the supplements it has, and see if I have an overlap with what I am taking already ( I am on a few things already for fibromyalgia symptoms), and work out from what I can get from Holland and Barret store to see if it is cheaper.
When I went to the US (I am in the UK) I found a lot of the over the counter supplements were cheaper than here, ie Walmart.
It might be an idea that we try and research the supplements in macafem and see if there is a cheaper alternative. I am all for supplements that support production of natural hormones (like macafem) rather than replace them.
I also am having problems with the menopause. I cannot get up in the mornings and find it hard to drop off to sleep now (dispite being on amitriptyline for it now for NINE years!!), and if I don't get up at 7 for work (only 3 days a week at the moment) I find myself in bed till noon feeling sick and hurting from top to toe.
At work I now have to go to occupational health to explain why I have had around 4 episodes of illness last year (only one and two days each).
I work for the NHS here, and I can tell you it doesn't always work - even when you work for them there is no help. 3 months ago I went to my doctor with these symptoms and was told I couldn't have a blood test till Jan (now) and only if I lost weight. It took me 3 month to pursuade her that I needed a pelvic scan because I have problems that need monitoring down there (I have just moved to a new doctor a few years ago and my notes are all mixed up), and when I asked about whether all my pain and tiredness were made worse by the menopause, she said no.
Another (female) doctor I asked said there was no point in doing the FSH test and that she had a bad menopause and I should just "sweat it out".
Maybe a MALE GP will be better - he won't have an agenda maybe?
I agree. ME and Fibromyalgia work like this. Any exercise done should be with the aim of keeping weightbearing and keeping muscles loose only, and resting out the effects of overdoing it. It might SEEM lazy to other people. Guilt is one of the biggest things with these 2 conditions, as most people who have it led an active life before, and most certainly were not lazy, and do NOT WANT TO BE! That guilt is not only imposed on them by their own standards, but made worse by other peoples opininons of them,
Thank you for your blog. Was really interested in macafem as my libido was on the floor and was recommended to get some. Now I will check out the health store for macca. Hope your flushes have abated by now as it's 2014 lol
So so sorry to hear what is going on with you. Just a quick question. Have you ever had a hystretomy?? If not thats what I would do first and you will see most of these things with subside.
Best of luck.
Hi, thanks for your encouraging testimony. I am 55 and gained 15 lbs. in the last couple of years. I never used to have a weight problem until going through menopause. I work out pretty regularly too and can't seem to lose one pound. I have started taking Macafem and been using for about 2 weeks. I have noticed a slight improvement with the hot flashes only. How long did it take you to start losing weight and getting your libido back after taking Macafem?
I am 52 and never thought much about my hair getting thinner or why my fabulous memory was getting worse. I have had trouble sleeping and waking up every hour and a few months ago started having problems digesting food and could not find out why . I also had a knee injury over the last year and blamed my weight gain on that . I had always exercised and never had a problem loosing weight until now . I have read all your stories and see we are in the same boat. Thank you for the info on Macafem and I also found Macasure online . I will test them out and let your know .I would be interested to know if anyone else is having this stomach problem, basically no food stays with me and this has been going on for months and have tried everything . Thanks
It's so good to know that I'm not crazy or going crazy because I can honestly say that doctors don't know anything when it comes to these symptoms.
My nightmare began last year when I began having severe lower stomach pain, both my primary doctor and my OBGYN pretty much blew it off as a sign of getting older. My periods were not consistent, I had severe lower back pain. Finally I went to my OBGYN and said this is NOT normal, he decides to do an ultrasound and guess what he finds? A fibroid tumor the size of a plum! He acts all surprised and just can't believe it. Says he wouldn't have thought that was the problem...WHAT....I was bloated, getting UTI's which I had never had trouble with before. It was crazy. He immediately schedules me for a hysterectomy but tells me my ovaries are good so he wants to leave them so I can continue getting estrogen and not get thrown into menapause. Surgery goes well enough, there were some problems, but nothing compared to what I was going through.
So now it's been almost a year and a few months ago I begin having migraines, mood swings, severe joint pain, libido (none), sleepless nights, there are times my breasts hurt so bad that I don't want to take my bra off and if I do I still have to hold them because any movement HURTS! And to top it all off my hair coming out like it's never come out before. I pull it out in handfulls as I shower. Thank God I have thick hair and I'm hoping I won't go bald before this is all over.
I begin with my primary doctor for the migraines, she does an MRI, making sure there isn't a tumor, thank goodness that was clear. She puts me on Topomax (topamax) which worked great for the migraines but the symptoms that comes with that aren't worth it. I was a "bear" to everyone around me. I stopped taking it and did my own research and found that even though I have my ovaries they may not be putting off enough estrogen which could lead to menapause and trigger all these other symptoms. By now I've had blood drawn by my primary doctor 2 times checking me for arthritus, lupus, and whatever else she can find. All is coming up clear.
Just yesterday I go to my OBGYN to discuss doing an estrogen level test. He actually acted like he didn't want to do it but to ease my mind he would. He said I'm too young to be in the process of menapause and that last he checked my ovaries were fine and that it only takes one ovary to give enough estrogen. I ask him about Macafem/Maca, he says he's never heard of that....WHAT? Again I'm amazed that these doctors haven't done the research I've done. I guess they aren't suffering, but their patients are. Anyway he says to me if it works take it, if it doesn't don't take it. I ask about HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), cancer runs in my family, if my estrogen level is low I don't want to do the HRT, he tells me as long as breast cancer and ovarian cancer doesn't run in my family I'm fine and I can do the HRT. Well any kind of cancer to me that runs in your family puts you at risk, in my opinion. I lost my mom last year to cancer, so I'm not putting myself at risk if I can find something natural to take. Also just to let you ladies know, my doctor recommended a drink every night to help me sleep. Yeah...he did. I told him I'm not starting that habit. REALLY? He also wants to put me on anti-depressants. Which is not going to happen I've been there and done that, usually symptoms from those are worse as well.
My faith in doctors is not at a high level at this point.
I ordered the Maca organic herb on Amazon, $23.00 shipping and all. Two bottles 100 tablets each/800mg and I'm taking 2 tablets a day to begin with to see how that works for me. I've only been taking it now for about 2 weeks.
I'm curious to get my estrogen level test back and when I do I'll give an update.
Until then, I feel like we women are on our own to figure out what will work for us and what doesn't. Hard to believe this is the 21st century.
God Bless and good luck to you all! Any similar stories I would love to hear about your experiences.
P.S. Update....just got a call from my doctor. My hormone levels are half of what they should be. Wants to start me on hormone patches. I'm skeptical but thinking may be good to get levels up to where they need to be and then go back to the Maca. Anyone have suggestions or experience with the patches?
At 51 I started menopause and was on nil medication previously. Now 55 and take Thyroid , BP ,Cholestroyl,Reflux, Vit D, Fish oil, St Johns Wort, Magnesium, and huge weight gains/ day night sweats/ dry hair/ broken fingernails/ dry skin/brain fog/ low libido/currently trying HRT patches. Have had bad crying episodes previously on them. Mother passed at 36 yrs from breast cancer so not happy on HRT. Estrogen level is extremely low at 44. At a loss at what to do.....
I started taking Macafem almost 4 years ago and it worked for me. All my severe menopause symptoms left and I lost 68 pounds in the course of the 1st year and a half. I was stoked!! I felt like a million buck!! It literally saved my marriage. At 2 years of taking Macafem, I also found that the health food stores and GNC carried their own brand of maca root so I switched to them because of the saving. Well, after taking them for over a year I have put back on 23 pounds and those brands were not taking care of my menopause symptoms 100% like the Macafem had been. 5 months ago I switched back to Macafem and the menopause symtoms (symptoms) are gone again but I am struggling with getting the 23 pounds off, its not melting off like it did when I first started taking Macafem. I had a hysterectomy the 1st week of this past October and I have been out of work since mid September so I know I haven't been as mobile as I was and those have everything to do with my weight battle at the moment, as well as being 44. Getting old *****!! LoL. At anyrate I wanted to let y'all know what my experience with Macafem and the "other maca brands" was. I'm trying to get strong minded and get some sort of a exercise routine together soon and drop this extra weight but the Macafem is the only one out of, honestly, 11 brands that I tried, that really worked consistantly.
Luci - Your ob/gyn has not been honest with you or needs to educate himself. Removal of any female sex organ can disrupt the whole system (even if the surgery is done after menopause). Studies show that there is a 35-40% chance of ovarian failure after hysterectomy. And even when the ovaries continue functioning, menopause usually occurs earlier in women who have had a hysterectomy. Having only one ovary increases these chances. Here is one study - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20729494.
How did the patch work out? I did not do well on the patch. I was a basket case in every way...was even suicidal!! Generic Estrace pills work much better for me. But we are all different so sometimes it can take a bit of trial and error.
I know this was written a couple of years ago, but I'm responding in case someone comes across it while searching. I had what I thought was neurological symptoms. I felt certain that I had a serious illness. Finally, after reading other people's posts, I came to realize that the tingling, dizziness, muscle weakness, and other crazy symptoms were due to perimenopause. It has been a crazy ride, but I am much, much better these days. To anyone going crazy with meno-hell, hang in there! It gets better.
Hi, I have had some good results with macafem and I'm happy! When I quit having my period I was having more than 20 hot flashes daily and around 10 at night. A friend of mine suggested I try Macafem and less than 3 weeks later I rarely feel even one hot flash a day and I don't have any more night sweats.
How much Macafem are you taking? And what brand? What time(s) of day do you take it? I'm considering trying it, as acupuncture, which worked very well for me for awhile, unfortunately stopped working. I tried a Chinese herb combo from my naturopath which had no effect at all.
I will have to say that Macafem has worked AMAZING for me! I was having lots of hot flashes a day and mood swings. I have been taking for about (3) years now and cannot believe the difference. I am almost 10 years into perimenopause and think I may finally have hit menopause (been 8 months since period).
It takes a couple of weeks for full effect and you need to start out with (3) a day and increase up to (6) a day. I would increase every 3-4 days until hot flashes decrease drastically. The most you can take is (6) per day. I take (5) a day ... (3) in the morning and (2) at night. I have tried to decrease dosage a couple of times but the hot flashes and moodiness come back within a few days.
I also take (1) Vitex Chaste Berry Extract 225mg (Solaray Brand) at night with my night dose of Macafem.
Hi all, I just joined this board. When I turned 42 I started feeling menopause symptoms, especially hot and cold flashes. Macafem has been a solution for my symptoms. The first 2 days I felt bloated and then all was fine, I'm glad I didn't stop taking it cause it helped me A LOT!
Hello girls! I am 45 and in my peri but my progesterone is a bit higher than normal, oestradiol is low. Gained 12 kg in a last 1,5 years. Started having my weight gain problem earlier but it was manageable with the strict diet & exercise, NOT ANYMORE! I do spend 1 hour in gym everyday ( resistance training, weight training, cardio) + power walk 30-45 min + walk my dogs, there are a lots of things I dont eat anymore - but my weight was slowly going up, no down, especially on mid section. Started Macafem 2 weeks ago 3 tablets a day - what a difference! I am not moody, not bloated, sex drive is back,my breasts fit in my bras again, fluid retention is not as bad as it was, and lost a kg !! Not much but before Macafem it wasn't moving down at all. Apparently it is the only herbal solution which is not a replacement of hormones but a solution for balancing them.
I'm taking 4 tablets daily - 2 with breakfast and 2 with lunch. That worked perfect for me, but it really depends on each person, the dosage that works for my friend is 3 tablets and she takes 1 with each meal but her symptoms were different so try it and check what dosage works for you :) Xx
Good morning ladies, I think I have to be thankful and share my experience. I'm 51 and started the horrible menopause a little while ago with at least 5 hot flashes a day, 3 or more severe night sweats, my emotions were going up and down, thinning hair, palpitations, fatigue and more. So I found macafem and started 2 weeks ago, the first week the night sweats and fatigue disappeared, the hot flashes are less in number and intensity, and I'm hoping all the symptoms get disappear soon
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