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Carlsberg100Carlsberg100 Posts: 2
Hi

I've been going through the perimenopause for around 10 years. I'm 47 now. The last 2-3 years have been horrendous with mood swings,  memory loss and hot flushes. I've tried 2 different types of HRT patches and 2 different types of HRT pills. Nothing worked. My Gp has told me that there is nothing left to try. Is this right?  I've still carried on taking Femoston as my Gp advised this was good for my bones.

I'm on Lithium & Venlafaxine for Bipolar, and also Propranolol for Migraines.. 

Thanks

Carla.

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  • KazKaz Posts: 475 mod
    Hi

    I've been going through the perimenopause for around 10 years. I'm 47 now. The last 2-3 years have been horrendous with mood swings,  memory loss and hot flushes. I've tried 2 different types of HRT patches and 2 different types of HRT pills. Nothing worked. My Gp has told me that there is nothing left to try. Is this right?  I've still carried on taking Femoston as my Gp advised this was good for my bones.

    I'm on Lithium & Venlafaxine for Bipolar, and also Propranolol for Migraines.. 

    Thanks

    Carla.
    @Carlsberg100
    Hello Carla!
    Welcome to our forum. That doesn't sound like much fun at all!
    Whilst I'm far from expert, and I don't have experience with Bipolar, I think there are probably other options you could try. Is it just your GP you've seen? If so, I wonder if they're just at the end of their menopause knowledge and you need to ask for some other more specialist help?

    Can I suggest that you start again? Ring your surgery and ask to see the person in the practice with the most menopause experience. It might not even be a GP - it could be a nurse practitioner. Whoever it is (and I hope they have at least one!), that's the person you need to go and chat to. If there is no one at your practice, go and see your GP and ask to be referred to a menopause clinic if there is one in your area. Were you aware that menopause clinics exist? These clinics specialise in all things Menopause and HRT related. You need to be referred by your GP (fingers crossed that there is a clinic in your area) but you will have to ask for that referral! And you shouldn't be afraid to ask! You deserve to be able to access the help you need. I'll pop a link at the bottom of this reply for you to search for one in your area. There are NHS ones, but there are also private clinics if the budget stretches that far. I would try searching just for NHS first. I certainly didn't have the budget for private! If there is one and travel/distance is an issue - you can ask about a phone or "attend anywhere" consultation which is a bit like a Skype call.

    If you don't get anywhere with your GP, it may be worth ringing other local doctors surgeries to ask if they have a doctor with menopause experience or expertise. Changing your practice might be a nuisance, but It's worth making the effort to find the support you need! Please don't feel that you have to stay with the same GP if you're not getting the help that you need.

    From what you're describing, it sounds to me as if you would benefit from the help of one of these specialist menopause doctors. 

    Go and see your surgery and try asking for that referral. ❤️



    Hope this helps Carla - let us know how you get on 😊
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