If Menopause is a Natural Process, Why Use Hormones?
I have had more than one woman say this to me about menopause, and certainly many, many physicians feel the same way as well. They believe that menopause is a natural passage of life which should not be interfered with. Hence, no hormones, no supplements, no nothing. Just let Mother Nature do her thing and suffer through it.
I suppose I wouldn’t have a problem with this school of thought if I personally didn’t feel so doggone lousy once I became fully menopausal two years ago.
And when I say lousy, I mean lousy.
My libido left the building – completely. My bones and joints began to ache and hurt in ways that I never thought imaginable. In fact, I hurt so much, I became convinced I was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. I finally went to a Rheumatologist last year who determined I wasn’t suffering from R.A., but diagnosed me with fibromyalgia instead.
Brain fog settled over my mind like a thick, heavy, wet, woolen blanket. Short-term memory loss was so bad I couldn’t remember anything half the time. I was having horrible issues with urinary incontinence, vaginal atrophy and dryness, and my skin (especially on my arms) was beginning to take on that “old lady” appearance.
I had no vitality. No energy. Just an achy, tired body I dragged around all day long counting the hours until bedtime finally came again.
Welcome to “aging” and the “natural” transition of menopause? Really? I don’t think so.
I have a lot of friends who have never taken anything during menopause. Nothing. One longtime friend has never taken a hormone in her life, and she looks fabulous in her 60s. But, she also owns a health and fitness club, and well, enough said, okay?
To those women who feel they can manage menopause without hormone therapy, and feel fine and dandy, my hat is off to them (you). I will not suggest you should or ought to take them. But for those of us (and in particular, me) who don’t, or haven’t managed menopause well, I say pass the hormones.
To be continued…
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women's health and a women's freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.