I hate to say this, but all the exercise in the world did not help me with my surgically induced menopause (total hysterectomy at 36). Maybe it's because naturally occurring menopause is more gradual, giving the body time to adjust. I attempted to weather "the Change" without hormone replacement. HUGE mistake for someone my age with my activity level. The hot flashes and sleep disturbance were bad, but worse was the fact that my body literally began to fall apart for lack of estrogen. After one year, my knees and shoulders were chronically inflamed, both of my achilles were on the verge of rupture and I had the beginning stage of osteoporosis (osteopenia). I also put on 12 pounds, despite the fact that my exercise regimen didn't really change. I am VERY active, teaching a variety of cardio and strength classes 5x a week and running around outside the gym with my family. None of that helped mitigate the degenerative problems I faced following menopause. I finally started HRT after realizing that there was no way I could survive the next year of my life like that, let alone 30 or more. I would end up a cripple! If you are in menopause and suffering, talk to you Dr., get educated, and take ALL factors and variables into account when you decide how to weather "the Change".
- 2/11/2010 4:51:37 PM