Submitted by JaneK on Thu, 2018-04-19 07:23

i know lots of people have been here, so they’re in a perfect position to advise Me ...  please?i read, somewhere, that hrt stops adequate absorption of B vitamins or one of the abx, doxi, roxi or metro. I had chemo (for MS, several years ago, which put me into premature menopause, although the menses began again after several years, but I’m 50 now, and it’s happening for real! would anyone advise?  i gave up hrt, but am getting severe fatigue and nausea, so would like to start again. I am extremely gluten intolerant so , probably, have absorption issues and pernicious anaemia.Jane

Hi JaneK, in your shoes I wouldn't worry about this, I think that at 50 it is just regular menopause age. It is within the average limits. My came at 50 too and at the time I was perfectly healthy. I never had HRT. I started premature menopause cycles from my age 14 to 24, cycles were coming and going because I struggled with mental anorexia. The cycles changed depending on my bodily weight. When I was to thin, I didn't have menopause. Once I fully recovered at 24, all got back to order and all right. My grandma's menopause started, I believe, somewhere around 38, and she's never been seriously sick and she was very active until her 86 when she passed away. It is variable, the menopause starting age is not the same in all women. For the fatique and nausea at the beginning of my menopause, I used some herbal based product bought in the US pharmacy, something like Rosa ... don't know the name of it but perfectly helped. It's been years ago. You might try some of the nature HRT, just give it a try and see how it works. And believe that the beginning of the menopause is always the worst period, after that the body accomodates.

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Hi Snowhhite,

i can’t have made myself clear enough!  I’m not, at all, worried about the menopause, it simply marks the next stage of life, i’m simply concerned the HRT could impede the ABX or supplements I take. 


MS symptoms from 2001, DX RRMS in 2008, following, a change of hospital who sent me for an MRI, precipitated by some sight loss. Took Interferons, on and off. Prescribed  chemo infusions to slow pro

Jane, my menopause started about ten years after I started the treatment and I use Emerita progesterone cream (Our progesterone comes from the Mexican Wild Yam and is converted to pure USP Progesterone meeting the standards of the United States Pharmacopeia for strength, purity and quality) and took & take loads of b12 as methylcobalamin, which takes care of fatigue.  D3 takes care of thinning bones.  That way I avoided taking real hormone replacement therapy products. Since you already take b12 and D3, try adding the Emerita cream: it is more expensive than many but it doesn't skimp on the progesterone.  

I did have to have a hysterectomy shortly before starting the treatment, and the surgeon said it might cause a premature menopause, but it didn't: slightly late if anything.  I still seem to be slightly going through it, but hardly ever get the monthly breast pain now.  Sometimes I get very red with hot flushes! If the Emerita cream,  B12 and D3 had not worked, I wouldn't have been averse to having HRT though.  I have been searching through various sites this afternoon and can't find anything serious about doxycycline or any other antibiotic: the idea seems a bit counter-intuitive, and David agrees on this.  If it does impede absorption of B vitamins, just take more of them!......................Sarah

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MS in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

Another fan of the natural progesterone cream that Sarah has mentioned here. Menopause happened early at age 44 for me and I've been using natural progesterone cream since then. I love it! During menopause I also found that sage helped with hot sweats and saw palmetto was good for helping to balance hormones.

Neuro symptoms & many health problems from 1989. NAC+all supps(04/11) CAP(05/11-10/17)

Thank you Sarah and Bo,

i have been on and off Hrt, but would much prefer a natural option, so will definitely try it! And knowing that hrt hasn’t interfered with my B12 or ABX absorption has put my mind at rest, also knowing you both managed it with the CAP, intermittent or full time, is good. 


MS symptoms from 2001, DX RRMS in 2008, following, a change of hospital who sent me for an MRI, precipitated by some sight loss. Took Interferons, on and off. Prescribed  chemo infusions to slow pro