Hormones during menopause & Fancy Friday

hormones during menopause

Let’s talk about hormones. I’ve been suffering from hot flashes for about 6 years and a few months ago I was completely done with it. After thinking about it for a long time, I decided to talk to my GP about taking hormones to beat the menopausal discomforts. Not only did I experience hot flashes but also dry hair with lost elasticity, dry red skin, vaginal dryness, depressed. Enough to drive you mad right?

Hormones against side effects of menopause

grey plaid suit with pink and white

So I got the hormones and it would start working after 3 weeks. But I still had so many complaints from the two operations and the collapsed lung and what turned out later, also from a bacteria in my lungs, that it was not clear to me what was causing it. Didn’t know at that time about the bacteria, so didn’t know if my complaines came from the hormones or not. So after 5 weeks I stopped thinking that I first had to make sure that I would feel well again.

But what a difference I noticed! From taking the hormones. I had more sex drive, my facial skin got softer, the hot flashes were gone and my hair! Wow, full of curls and it shined like it never had! Sadly that’s all gone now, lol. But I’m already starting to feel a lot better in terms of lung problems. I’m very grateful for that because I really went deep. But now I’m thinking about starting the hormones again. On the one hand, the benefits are quite great, but then again, I’m not a big fan of taking pills. 

Now let’s talk about the outfit instead of hormones

hormones during menopause

I think this is such a cute t-shirt. Very simple, but with an eyelet puffed sleeve. I love it. I wear it on a summer suit. Gray with pink checkered. It is also very nice to combine a check with a stripe. But it was still quite warm and I wanted to keep the look summery and fresh, so this tee. I hardly ever wear the blazer belted, I prefer it loose. But with this t-shirt on it, I prefer to wear without, the beautiful sleeves can of course be shown of.

But I am curious, would you take hormones during menopause?

eyelet white tee

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34 Comments

  1. 2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    Those puff sleeves are so cute!! I love the plaid pants with this top! I think I would try to manage what I can without taking pills, but if it was to where I felt miserable, I’d def. consider hormones. I am 45 so on the borderline of perimenopause, etc., so it is interesting to hear what lays ahead for me!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • nancy
      Author
      2nd September 2022 / 18:22

      Haha, well Carrie, it’s horror! Haha, sorry! But most of my girlfriends don’t have a lot of symptoms. It varies a lot.

  2. 2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    This is a great outfit, Nancy. The blouse is lovely, the puff sleeves look great and the suit fits you perfectly. Have a great weekend. Anna
    lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com

    • nancy
      Author
      2nd September 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you Anna!

  3. 2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    Love this outfit, pinned. I took HRT for 11 years, it was brilliant. Came off it about 9 months ago, and hot flushes have started (which wasn’t a symptom originally!).

    • nancy
      Author
      2nd September 2022 / 18:22

      For 11 years! Oh wow. And now that you stopped, does it feel different?

  4. 2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    Nancy, I went through my menopause in my 30’s. I had HRT patches and they made me feel like a new woman. Literally! The only bad side effect I had was weight gain. It was like someone had put a bike pump up my backside!
    Yes to recovering first but I think it’s worth a try. The weight gain far outweighed how bad I felt and I was not a nice person to live with at that time haha.

    • nancy
      Author
      2nd September 2022 / 18:22

      Haha, oh but I could use that bike pump though! I started two weeks ago and I now feel that the hot flashes are not so heavy anymore!

  5. 2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    Thanks for sharing this Nancy – I am so happy you got some relief. I am still peri menopausal but I have talked with my Dr and when the time comes I think I’ll be doing HRT as well.
    I love what you did with the belt – you look amazing!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • nancy
      Author
      2nd September 2022 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Kellyann. I started taking them now and I am starting to feel it a bit!

  6. 2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    Such an emotive subject! I was going through a divorce when the menopause hit and as I’m not a fan of taking anything unless I have to, I was fairly stoic and coped. If I had suffered more I may well have considered the hormones – such a personal choice. 20 years later I still have a couple of hot flushes every day and at night, but one of my aunts had them until she was 96!! Haha I hope I live to tell the tale!!
    Apart from that you’re looking lovely today Nancy – such a pretty blouse!
    Pamela
    http://www.style-yourself-confident.com

    • nancy
      Author
      2nd September 2022 / 18:22

      I am not a fan at all either, but the hot flashes are so overwhelming and I get so out of breath of them. Until 96! Oh my!!

  7. 2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    I adore this top and pants look Nancy! I am in peri-menopause and have symptoms that I don’t love. I can’t take hormones because of the cancer risk in my family. But I would if I could! My doctor did start me a on a very low dose of Amitriptyline to help with my night sweats and it has helped. Praying that you find some relief. Thanks so much for the link up!

    https;//www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • nancy
      Author
      2nd September 2022 / 18:22

      I am glad that it helped you. Because theycan be so awfull! Thank you Kathrine!

  8. Andrea Nine
    2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    First of all, adorable outfit. I had a hysterectomy last year and have struggled to know what to do. I take vaginal estrogen and topical testosterone and that has helped. I want to take HRT because I know I’ll feel great but I’m scared so I’m going to try without. Best of luck in this menopause.

    • nancy
      Author
      2nd September 2022 / 18:22

      I was scared too at first. But then again, I took the birth control pill for decades. Thanks Andrea!

  9. 2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    I took hormones for about 8 years due to the hot flashes primarily. When I started them I was working, but getting very little sleep due to the hot flashes. The hormones made such a difference! I finally decided to stop them (although some doctors say there is no reason to ever stop), and now my hot flashes are much fewer and not a huge issue. So my experience with the hormones was really positive.

    Such a cute top and overall outfit, Nancy! A very smart look!

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

  10. 2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    Love this outfit, Nancy! The eyelet puff sleeve blouse adds a pretty, feminine touch, and the suit is beautiful on you. Matching suits are trending big for fall, and yours will be very versatile for the upcoming fall and winter. Enjoy your weekend!

  11. 2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    I am now past the menopause stage. I did take HRT in the begining.

    I stopped with the news of breast cancer scares. A few months ago, I was in discussion with my OBGYN about if we knew then what we know now…how HRT aids us ladies who are candidates for bone loss.

    We must weight the risks we know, example my mother and grandmother suffered bone loss. No cancer. Staying on HRT would have been a good choice for me.

    Again, it’s that if I knew then.

    Rosemary
    http://www.DistinctlySouthernStyle.com

  12. 2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    I LOVE this outfit! It is just so chic. You just always look so cool and chic! Anyway! I will be 42 in October, so I am no where near menopause. I hope that you find something that works for you and provides you with some relief too. Have a wonderful weekend! XO

  13. 2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    Nancy, if the hormones had you feeling better, why not! Loving your top with the eyelet sleeves. It’ so pretty- and that gorgeous suit is perfect!

  14. Joanne
    2nd September 2022 / 18:22

    I love the sleeves on this cute tee! The whole outfit looks great. I had a hysterectomy last year and while my doctor made sure to leave my ovaries in so I didn’t have to start HRT in my 40’s we have already talked about the possibility of them in the future since I can already feel the effects of the surgery with hot flashes and night sweats. But like you I hate daily pills and I am actually pretty awful at even remembering to take them.

  15. jodie
    3rd September 2022 / 18:22

    I just love this look Nancy. Belting the jacket is such a fun detail, and one that I forget to try very often. Of course, I love those sleeves too!!
    The hormone thing is such a controversy. Everyone is so different and there are always so many pros/cons. It’s nice when you can find something that makes you feel better because that’s what life is all about.
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  16. 3rd September 2022 / 18:22

    I hope you find some relief! I can’t even imagine how hard all of that is to deal with!

  17. 3rd September 2022 / 18:22

    I’ve got the menopause behind me as I write, and although at times it wasn’t fun at all, I never considered taking hormones. I just took a natural supplement to help me combat night sweats, which I thought were even worse than hot flushes. But if taking hormones makes you feel better, who I am to judge? It’s different for every woman, I’m sure.
    I’m loving your puff-sleeved (and eyelet!) t-shirt by the way. It looks perfect with those grey and pink checked trousers, and I’m sure it will suit many more things in your wardrobe! xxx

  18. 4th September 2022 / 18:22

    First I have to tell you how great this outfit is on you! I love the plaid, I love the cute puff sleeved eyelet tee, and I love that you wore sneakers with this look! So cute! What a bummer that you had to stop the hormones if they were working for you. But your lung health is definitely a priority over some hormonal discomfort, I think! You know how I feel about taking pills, too, so I won’t even entertain the idea of taking hormones. I just suffer instead! LOL. Actually, I take multi vitamins, try to eat healthy, and do lots of yoga to help mitigate my menopause symptoms. Sending you much love, my friend! Stay well!

    Shelbee

  19. 4th September 2022 / 18:22

    Dear Nancy, we women somehow have to struggle with something our whole life. But I really like your suit! Stay well!

  20. 6th September 2022 / 18:22

    My apologies for not being around lately, Nancy – life’s been rough this past week.

    I love the outfit, especially the belted jacket. The sleeves are delightful on the top.

    I am toughing it through menopause without any HRT – for one thing, there are no doctors here, so I’d basically have to stand in line at a clinic for an entire day just to see one (maybe – the clinics fill up really fast).

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