perimenopausal and graves disease
My name is Francesca Thomas. I just joined this forum today. I live in Canada and I am 48 years old.
I have one child - born 10 years ago in 2002 when I was 38.
The following year (at age 39) I had some hot flashes for 24 hours, and shortly after that, my libido disappeared. For the next 6 years I had absolutely no interest in sex whatsoever.
My period has slowly become less and less regular - and now I am bleeding for just 1 or 2 days at the most, usually around 3 to 4 months apart. My last period was on March 25, 2012 and lasted only 1 day!!
When I was 45 I was diagnosed with Graves Disease - or hyperactive thyroid. I am currently still taking anti thyroid medications to control the amount of thyroid hormone in my system. After 2 and a half years of taking these meds, my numbers are now finally back to normal.
Last month (mid April) my vagina started itching and becoming painful and sensitive to the touch. I can no climax easily when I masturbate, and my lubrication has disappeared.
I went to my GP yesterday and he has prescribed me some Premarin cream.
So I would like to know if there are any women here who are both menopausal and who also have thyroid issues. I would like to know how you deal with 2 separate lots of hormone problems.