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Hi I've recently joined I am really struggling with the hot flushes I've gained weight and feel generally miserable I had a hysterectomy a year ago because of problem periods tried hrt but no luck with it

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  • Julie20Julie20 Posts: 255 mod

    Hi @Lindaj10

    Sorry to hear you are having problems. Have you tried any herbal remedies? Menopace is very good. So is magnesium. Sage and Black cohosh.. they will help with the general problems of menopause. As for the weight gain I'm still struggling to find the answer to that one. Cutting out sugar and carbs helps but I can't get away from the sugar cravings 🙃 it may be worth going in to a healthfood shop and asking what they suggest for your symptoms as they can tailor make a package just for you. X

  • gummybeargummybear Posts: 6

    Hi, I'm new to this forum. I've been struggling with being perimenopausal for a few years and in the last year symptoms went from bad to worse. I finally went back to my GP this week who has prescribed Evorel Sequi to me. I'm apprehensive in taking this but I feel I've struggled over the last few years with hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, non existent libido and generally feeling worthless. I'm hoping this will be a turning point for me and I will start to enjoy life again. Please any advice from anybody who's on Evorel Sequi and can tell me there will be light at the end of this tunnel that i'm going through 

  • KazKaz Posts: 482 mod

    Hi @gummybear

    Welcome to the forum.

    It’s great that you’ve been to the GP, and that you’ve been given HRT treatment. It’s a step on the way to feeling better. All I can say, is that I finally got HRT patches at the start of this year, after 16 years of symptoms. They’ve made a huge difference to my life (and to everyone around me!) - but I understand that it’s a very individual choice, and not everyone wants or can take HRT.

    I definitely understand your apprehension. I had to weigh up quality of life, protection for bone health, and heart health over the very small increase in Breast Cancer incidence. It was a no brainer for me after years of misery.

    If you have concerns, do your research (I’m sure you have already!) and ask lots of questions of your doctor.

    menopausedoctor.co.uk is one of the best sites for no nonsense, sensible advice and information about HRT. It helps dispel a few myths about taking HRT which I found really helpful.

    Its important to realise that whilst HRT is great, there are also lots of other things you can also do to help with your symptoms, including improving your diet, tweaking your lifestyle etc. Sugar, alcohol, spicy foods all make my hot flushes worse. They’re under control with HRT, but if I have a sneaky glass of wine, or enjoy a curry on a Friday night, I know I’ll have a night of broken sleep, and flushes. It’s about recognising your triggers and working to make things better. HRT definitely helps, but you also need to be a bit canny!

    I think it’s important to try and stay positive - and after coping for so many years with no help, I know that’s easier said than done!

    It’s a very individual choice. If you decide to try the Evorel, it’ll be 2 - 3 months before you start to feel a real difference, so it’s important that you don’t think things are going to change immediately. You may also find you have some extra symptoms. This is perfectly normal. I found I had sore breasts, bloating and PMT like symptoms, so thought my HRT wasn’t working to begin with. The additional symptoms were temporary though, and disappeared after a couple of months. Had I known that there may be other symptoms thrown in the mix, I may not have worried so much! HRT is such an individualised treatment, so don’t worry if it has to be tweaked a few times until it’s right for you.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

    I do want you to know that there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel. I feel so much better now that I did at the start of the year.

    K 😊

  • gummybeargummybear Posts: 6

    Thankyou Kaz, I realise I’ve still got a long road to walk but I feel up for the challenge. I believe I can’t feel any worse than I do so let’s give HRT a go and I’m hoping I won’t look back! I’m starting my HRT on Monday so here’s to the future! And it looking brighter rather than bleak

  • KazKaz Posts: 482 mod

    Good luck! Even feeling as if you’re doing something to help might make you feel a bit better! I have my fingers, toes and everything else crossed for you.

    Shout out if you’re worried or have any questions x

  • gummybeargummybear Posts: 6

    Hi Kaz,

    the latest is I’m still not got my patches. Apparently there’s a nation shortage!! So I’m no nearer forward so not feeling very optimistic today. The GP is now looking to putting me onto a anti depressant tablet as I’m slightly overweight and the tablets are not suitable. I’m not sure I want to go down this route with those tablets so I’m going to do my research

  • KazKaz Posts: 482 mod
    edited September 2019

    Oh that’s frustrating for you!

    Yes - there’s a national shortage of patches. But you could still be prescribed HRT gel rather than a tablet perhaps?

    Like skin patches, gel can be a convenient way of taking HRT and does not increase your risk of blood clots.

    And rather than an anti depressant if you’re not keen on that. The gel would also be more suitable because of your weight ( my problem too 🙄), but because you still have your womb, you'll need to take some form of progestogen separately too (a coil or a tablet?) to reduce your risk of womb cancer.

    Worth a think or a chat with your GP about that? 😊


    Maybe there’s some reason your GP didn’t offer it, but it might be good to ask.

  • gummybeargummybear Posts: 6

    Really frustrating! I asked about the gel. I’ll be honest with you. I think the GP that I saw doesn’t have a clue he tried to prescribe me a patch to which you give woman who are postmenopausal. I’ve had depression in my life perhaps he think it’s more that then the menopause. I don’t know, apparently anti depressants can help. Not sure what to do

  • KazKaz Posts: 482 mod

    Postmenopausal? Or an oestrogen only patch for women after hysterectomy? Regardless - if they seem not to understand what they’re doing, then visit another one? I know that’s a pain - endless trips to GPs, reorganising again.

    Anti depressants are used to treat menopause but they shouldn’t be used as the first option according to NICE guidelines. They can work for some symptoms - hot flushes, mood swings etc.

    I’d be tempted to have the conversation about gel and progesterone with another GP in the practice.

    Have you rung around any local pharmacies to see if they have stocks of the patch you were prescribed in the first place, or asked your pharmacist what an equivalent (available) patch would be? I’ve just switched from one (out of stock) to its equivalent. Different brand but working well.🙄

  • gummybeargummybear Posts: 6

    Managed to get the patches! Visiting friends 30 miles from home and managed to get them. So onwards and upwards!!

  • KazKaz Posts: 482 mod

    Oh that’s brilliant news! Really chuffed for you.

    Let us know how you get on 🥰

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