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    I am 43 and have had symptons of skipped periods, night sweats, moodiness, feeling tired also no hair growth on legs could this be early menopause or something else.





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    Hi I have suffered for years too. Am now 44 and for the last 14 months have tried various things, 3 birth control pill last year and then 11 months on Mirena coil with oestrogen only hrt. Nothing has worked. I am now trying Qlaira pill but as I type I have all the usual problems, bloating, abdominal pain, acid reflux pain (only get with pmt), water retention, cravings to eat anything and everything, joint pain. I was getting this for 3 weeks every month, now I am getting it most days as the synthetic hormones seem to be messing up my system. Has anyone found a birth control pill that works and has anyone had zoladex for the physical symptoms (which is worse for me than the moodiness. Moodiness got better since trying hormones)? Also has anyone had similar symptoms to me and had a total hysterectomy and ovary removal with any success? Thanks for reading.





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    I'm 2 weeks into zoladex injections and I have had energy and happiness that I have been missing for years. I also have sweats and flushes and breast pain and bleeding! But it is amazing to have my brain back and feel like myself in my head again.

    Hi Eliza That is great news for you - must be such a relief. The side effects don't sound too great though. Are you taking HRT and is it stopping the side effects yet?

    Hey Brenda, thank you did give me a little heads up :) all the boys ask about our moodiness yet they don't know what it's like to be a girl lol. thank you again take care x

    I am 13 and i am really small and skinny and the past 6 mouths i have had heavy yellow discharge and moodiness. i dont really have boobs and i was wondering if i will get it soon





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    this probably means your period will start soon and as for boobs it depends on your family, if you mother has large breasts you may too. I myself am small and skinny and have small breasts it's just heredatory and not something to be ashamed of

    Hi, I'm a 47 year old male. My wife and I were watching the show last night and when it came to the bit about the man with andropause, my wife became quite sure that all the symptoms (eg Moodiness) were exactly what I am displaying. I 've been taking antidepressants for several years now and although they lift my mood they don't really give me the "get up and go" factor. I'm rather shy to go to my doctor and suggest andropause but at the same time I would really like to get my testosterone levels checked just in case that could be the cause of my problems. can you suggest how I might broach the subject with my GP?





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    HELP!! I stumbled across this blog while looking for help for my 18 yr old daughter. She is now in the psych ward at our local hospital and I am devastated. Since age 11, she became unmanageable with angry outbursts(over nothing basically), extreme moodiness, crying spells, had trouble making and keeping friends, and basically made our life miserable being in the same room as her. I used to think "I bet she is getting period soon) and she did start menstruating soon after turning 12. Her period was irregular for first 10 months and her mood swings and anger were occurring more days than not. Her pediatrician had no advice and said this was normal! I knew it was anything but normal. At 14 she got her first boyfriend and he became her first everything for 2.5 yrs. Her moodiness continued and at age 16 she started on the pill. I prayed it would help with her symptoms but only seemed to take the edge off. Also, important to mention, is I had taken her to a few psychiatrists and she was seeing a therapist on and off for many years. Whenever I mentioned her period as being a possibility for her problems I was never taken seriously. Her and boyfriend broke up last October and she took it very hard. She ended up in three psychiatric hospitals from Oct-Dec. In Dec of last yr. she took overdose of 42 Tylenol. Thank god we got her to hospital in time. She has been seeing a psychiatrist and therapist since. This month being the one yr. anniversary of their break up has been the worse. This past fri morning while getting ready for school she was on Twitter(big trouble maker in my opinion) and saw something about her ex bf and his new girlfriend. She snapped saying crazy things that made no sense. She then ran downstairs with me following her where she grabbed a huge knife and held it to her throat, saying she was going to slit her throat and she didn't want to live anymore. . Her stepdad called police. They surrounded our home and after being assured she didn't have the knife(her stepdad said he would call ex if she dropped knife) they came in and it took 3 cops to hold her. She was taken to local hospital w a crisis unit. The psychiatrist said she had to go to psych hospital, which set her off, taking 6 security guards to hold her while they put restraints on her and gave her tranquilizer s to calm her. It was a scene I would wish on no parent. She got her period the next day! I have been able to recall episodes, none as bad as this one, but still very frightening, that have occurred 7-10 days before her period. I definitely see a connection. I have a family meeting tomarrow with the psychiatrist and social worker at hospital she is at now. Why am I getting feeling that I won't be taken seriously when I ask them about possibility of it being hormone related? Does anyone know if there is a Gynecologist "Specialist" you can see for this problem? I'm sorry my post is so long...this has just been going on for so long and I feel anyone that's on this site can relate.





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    I fully sympathise with your comment and have had my own experiences which are just as extreme, but well controlled now. There are 2 gynae. specialists who are well known in this area and would be worth contacting Nick Panay (NHS and private)and Prof John Studd (private only). Their websites have lots of information on too. Hope that helps! Never give up hope, despite disbelief from professionals stick with it and you'll find something that works.

    I'm so overwhelmed with emotion that the tears in my eyes are making it difficult to write this comment. It's relieving to know this is an actual medical condition and I'm not just losing my mind! I decided to begin researching yesterday afternoon after starting a fight with my husband the night before and then beginning my period like clockwork. By "fight", I mean I was completely out of my mind and body with rage. At first I was being overly sensitive. (I consider myself a sensitive person by nature, but typically there is just cause and I react to it by crying.) In my mind's eye, I felt as though he had been avoiding and ignoring me throughout the day. The emotions snowballed and eventually triggered not only tears (which I had been holding back all day), but irrational thoughts, behavior and full blown anger. (Adding alcohol to the equation didn't help matters.) Same story last month: I woke up to my period the morning after blowing up on him. We actually joked about it later; I told him no woman should have their period during a full moon...I had absolutely no idea that what I was experiencing is much more severe than PMS. I have slowly noticed my periods becoming heavier than usual, to the point where I use both tampons and pads as back up. My sister in law told me her periods got heavier in her mid-30's, so I wasn't overly concerned. Up until the past 6 months to a year (it's hard to pinpoint exactly when it started because it has been a gradual change) I had always experienced pretty typical PMS. Bloating, cravings, moodiness, cramping. A few months ago, the cramping was so severe that no amount of ibuprofen or soaking in the tub would alleviate the pain and was accompanied by bouts of diarrhea. Once again, I chalked it up to PMS. It wasn't until I recently began experiencing rage and overwhelming emotional despair, the kind that makes you want to scream and cry for no apparent reason, that I began to question my symptoms. I stumbled upon PMDD after Googling "rage with menstrual cycle" yesterday and was up half the night reading articles. I'm so sorry for all of you who are going through this, but I am grateful for the support and understanding. I now have the knowledge to get a handle on it, but I'm terrified that it may be too late to convince my husband to hang in there with me. My best to all of you ladies; you have no idea how much this message board has helped ease my mind this morning.





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    Okay, I never do this, but I too feel soo relieved to know that I am not alone in this insanity! Most of the time I am happy and can handle life's challenges with an 'I think I can' approach...not so ALL the time. Usually, when the other girl comes out all of the positive becomes negative. I have to constantly try to control the literal war raging inside of myself and I feel all my self image completely crumble. All I can say is my poor husband. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger...my hope is that he will live long enough to get stronger. LOL! I commend your bravery ladies. Its helped me realize that I am not alone and all this is not simply in my mind. As for your husband, Girlfriend, look remind him of the in sickness and heath portion of your vows and help him to understand that now would be a great time to live up to those words. Also, now that you will both be aware, maybe you can work together to cope. At least you both realize its not REALLY who you ARE. Its what you go through. I just would give anything to have a different challenge in life, but I will try to get some help with this.

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