Not everyone is a good candidate for hormone therapy when it comes to controlling menopausal symptoms. I am allergic to so many medications I have become very very cautious as to what I put in or on my body. Hives or an all over rash just doesn't look good at 40-something. Sad thing is I am not even 50 and I already have a list of allergies against medicines that I have to write down for my internist. By the time I am 80 I will be faxing over a manuscript. I have a few friends doing hormone therapy. I tried testosterone pellets... it just wasn't a great match for me. No big surprise. Not much works with my sensitive body. What I have really noticed among my friends and peers is an increase in consuming so called natural supplements. I'm starting to get a little nervous about how many are out there and how do we know if it's good for our individual menopausal bodies. I found a website on Web MD that talks about 11 Supplements for Menopause.
I guess for me the biggest question is how do you know what is safe for you? Have you ever had a friend say, "Hey I take ___________________ you should get some I feel so much better." Well easier said than done. Let's take vitamin D for example. It's the latest trend and I am very deficient. My doctor put me on vitamin D. I went to a natural food store to get some. What a joke! I mean... I didn't know where to start. How can vitamin D become a research project in the aisle of the health food store. There is Vitamin D 1,000 IU, 2,000 IU, 3,000 IU, 5,000 IU, 10,000 IU and 15,000 IU. There are chewable, vita-melts, tablets, liquid softgels, and adult gummies. Do we want to even name brands? There must be 15 different brands minimum. Then there is the drastic price differences. If it costs more is it better? For the sake of not going totally crazy while I write this, lets say they all have a quantity of 30 capsules. (You know that is also a choice 30, 50, 60 100 or SAMS Supersize.) Okay, back to the quantity of 30. One can cost $5.95, another says $12.00, then there is $32.45 and finally one that's $51.00. I didn't even get into D3, vitamin D with vitamin B, D Immune complex, D Extra Strength, or D3 Maximum Strength. You have to agree the entire thing is laughable and has to raise some questions in your mind?
How in the hell am I supposed to choose a bottle of vitamin D. How can you not think this isn't somewhat of a scam? If you are like me I assume the more IU's, and the more expensive, and probably the easiest to swallow has to be the best right? No, not really, according to my healthcare professionals anything above $10,000 IU's in vitamin D can make you sick unless your doctor tells you to take that high of a dose. I first asked a guy with dreadlocks and a friendly smile what he recommends. He was very informative, recommended a brand, a price, and the strength (how many IU's) I should take. I picked it up, walked to the counter then I stopped. He didn't ask me why I was taking it? What was wrong with me? What my doctor said? What in the hell??? Since when did I start taking the advice from a salesperson on how to take care of my body? It's like we now believe health food stores are filled with pharmacists stocking shelves. I'm sure I am not alone? We have turned into market zombies. I immediately called my doctors nurse, I held on the line while even she was smart enough to go speak to him before she told me what to get. I needed 10,000 IU's, a 30 day supply because my levels were well below normal. Then I was told to switch to 5,000 IU's for 30 days. After that I had to take another blood test to determine where to go from there. Please just pay attention to what you are putting in your body. Then there are the plethora of Menopause /Dietary Supplements!
These really scare me. Seriously, what are they? Read them they all say the same thing more or less. Before you put anything into your mouth... I don't care if all your friends are raving about it on social media, talk to your doctor about YOUR BODY. Here are questions every woman in midlife should be asking her doctor before she starts any treatment, any natural supplement or takes a pill for menopause. Before I get off my soap box on menopause supplements I have one more thing to bitch about. Don't carry a pill box until you are over 80. Come on, really? If you are going to carry a pill box you might as well start putting tissues up your sleeve and wrapping up your dollar bills in a little coin purse. I understand if you have true prescriptions for intense medical issues and you have them assorted at home in your jumbo weekly pill box. But when I went to a luncheon and saw a woman my age pull out a pill box for her primrose oil, multi vitamin, and whatever other three pills she had... I thought to myself, "Jesus you look like an old geezer." Besides chances are she is just peeing half that stuff out. But what do I know? I'm not a doctor. Just questioning the supplement industry who have women wrapped around their finger.
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Matuschka's Midlife... Telling it like it is...