Updated: Feb 9
She was 48, with no signs of menopause. No irregular periods, no mood swings, no night sweats when her husband of many years left. And the stress put her into menopause. Working full time as a physician with three children at home was her life but the stress of losing her partner put her into full-blown menopause. Night sweats kept her up at night, leaving her questioning decisions in the day. Was it the intense sadness or was she really in menopause?
The symptoms of vaginal dryness, night sweats, lead her to her gynecologist. She began systemic hormone therapy which allowed her to sleep at night, controlled her night sweats and gave her time to work and grieve the loss of someone she thought would be by her side. In addition, she used local vaginal estrogen therapy which can be used throughout one's life as it is not systemic but helps with vaginal, urethral dryness. Hormone therapy helped with daily life but her love of the outdoors, her circle of friends and her family all helped her transition to single life.
Fast forward to now.
At 62, Lucie is a vibrant, hard-working, loving person. She now works part-time, is tapering off hormone therapy, will use local vaginal hormone therapy for vaginal dryness, exercises regularly, bikes (really far), downhill skis, cross-country skis and plays the viola. She does not shy away from a challenge and it is this quality that has been her motto. One that will take her well into her 70’s and 80’s. The challenge of the mind and body.
I thank Lucie for sharing her story.