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I'm Hot, A lot!

Updated: Aug 14, 2021

If you are wondering how the 3 M's of my blog are related, let me start with the first and most concerning. Menopause. Six years ago, I began to have my first symptoms of menopause. I was 46, and my menstrual cycle was becoming more unpredictable than its usual consistent 28-day cycle. At first, I was excited, but then after I went almost a year without it and reappeared, I was devastated. So, naturally, I scheduled an appointment with my Gynecologist to discuss my options. Surprisingly, the midwife suggested I try a low-dose birth control pill and provided me with a 3-month sample supply. Let me tell you, those were some of the best 3 months of my life (period-wise). I mean, my cycles were lighter, and they only lasted three days. Which meant more fun in the bedroom and fewer menopausal symptoms. I mean, I was elated until...

When it was time for me to call in for a prescription, I was told I had to come in and be seen for a normal blood pressure (BP) check. Well, I practically ran to the office only to be told that I could not continue to take the birth control because my blood pressure was elevated. What? I have never had issues with my blood pressure. From there, I drove home in tears. The only thing I could think about was my next cycle without birth control. I contacted my Primary Care Physician to inform her of the BP concerns. For the next 2 years, she would monitor my systolic and diastolic levels until finally I was prescribed medication for my hypertension. I begin to wonder, had the birth control caused my BP to elevate? Or Was it hereditary from my Mom and Grandmother? Whatever the case, what a blow.

Eventually, my menstrual cycle stopped, and most importantly, before my daughter began hers. Thank God my prayers were answered. Fast forward to today, I am thankful that I no longer have to suffer strolling down the feminine hygiene aisles of any store. Nor do I have to endure the menstrual migraines and cramps. But, I do, however, have to find a way to manage these MENOPAUSAL symptoms. Yes, I am yelling. My forehead and upper lip are shining from the sweat, and I feel like my body temperature just increased about 25 degrees. How? When I am sitting next to the vent, I have my handy dandy 'arctic' desk fan on full blast.

I did what any author would do for more answers to my many menopause questions; I searched Amazon for books on the topic. Let me tell you there are many. I chose one by John R. Lee, M.D. with Virginia Hopkins called "What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Menopause" (The Breakthrough Book on Natural Hormone Balance). Honestly, I have to say that I have seen improvements in my energy and found a solution to my vaginal dryness. However, not the hot flashes and night sweats because I am still HOT, A Lot!

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