35 for me and it has been a roller coaster ride of heavy, super heavy, unbelievable heavy, uber light to non existant. The only consistant for the past 20 + years have been the hot flashes. For the past 10 years, I didn’t wear a coat unless it was snowing. Nothing says menopause quite like standing in your sliding glass doorway at 3 am, naked and steaming.
Again with my Dr., but she tells me that I am one of the extreme cases. I exercise, I eat well and I am anything but sedentary. I consumed soy by the case, I did everything but try it in a damn suppository. Black cohosh out the ears, evening primrose out the other orifice, all no good. She put me on the patch to ensure the safety of my fellow citizens because I don’t take heat well, and a hyper ass hot flash when it’s almost 100 degrees outside is just flipping unbearable.
The patches are an unbelievable help, without them, I could time the flashes to every half hour. lasting anywhere from a minute to 10 or more. With them, one every so many hours, but without the flood of sweat and the flushing face, just a little over warm feeling.
I love my patches. But it is a personal choice with risks, and my Dr is already hinting that we might try a lower dose next year. I ain’t real sure how that’s gonna work out.