Shulammite woman wrote:There's no underlying medical condition. I just had my annual checkup last month. Thyroid was checked, bloodwork was good. I'm definitely not sitting around all day. I'm most likely just being extra-sensitive about these changes because I've never had to worry about weight before. Some days I think I'm just being stubborn about accepting what changes come with this phase of life. You don't see many women over 50 with a flat stomach, I'm probably fighting a losing battle. And I hate the thought of having to replace a bunch of things in my wardrobe with a size bigger.
Honestly, the weight thing is more of a side thing. It would fade to the background if I could have my sex drive back.
I'm new here but I hope it's okay if I jump right in. I'm not menopausal, but due to some very very stressful times in the last year and a half I encountered a complete lack of any drive and feeling totally numb at times, which was very depressing. My adrenals became completely depleted from the stress. I started taking an adrenal supplement called Michael's Adrenal Xtra Energy Support. I started to feel better and the symptoms of adrenal fatigue started to disappear. I still had problems with desire/numbness though. I found a homeopathic supplement called Liddel's Vital Female Sexual Energy. It's a spray that I take 3 times a day under the tongue. This stuff gives me energy, has made my pms symptoms better, has greatly increased my libido and the total numb feeling is gone.
I also recently started researching Iodine and it's role in healing the body and found that most of us are deficient. I've read many stories of people who had their thyroid checked and the levels came back within the "normal" range, but that normal range is set way too low, and these people experienced many positive results when they began supplementing with iodine. I purchased Lugol's Iodine from Amazon and began dosing my husband and myself to fight off the cold/flu that our children had and the sickness never took hold in us. I've found that I have even more energy (no longer feel the need for an afternoon nap) and even more increased libido. I believe that these supplements are nourishing my adrenal glands and thyroid (and many other organs - many organs in your body needs iodine, not just the thyroid) and that in turn allows my body to work the way God intended.
When a woman goes through menopause and her ovaries stop producing the hormones she needs the adrenals and thyroid are supposed to take over and begin producing more and keep the hormones balanced. But so many of us have depleted adrenals and we are not taking in the daily needed iodine and other minerals to support the thyroid fully.
I just wanted to encourage you to do some research about this. You can google iodine and menopuase, iodine and libido, adrenals and menopause, etc. I can't post any links because I'm so new, but I found an article titled Menopause by Lawrence Wilson, MD that discusses the role of the adrenals and the thyroid during menopause. Curezone and earthclinic have many stories of successful iodine supplementation and the reviews of Lugol's on Amazon are very positive as well.
I hope this helps and I'm sorry you are going through this.