My life has changed a lot in the last nine years, which is when my menopause symptoms first began. In 2012, I had a partial hysterectomy at the age of 42. Not long afterward, I started experiencing hot flashes and night sweats. Though the symptoms started out as mild, over time they grew in severity and affected my quality of life. I was embarrassed to go out in public and experience a hot flash, which would always make me sweat. Even when I didn’t feel hot, I would sweat profusely and think—“what in the world is going on”?
After several years of suffering, I reached out to my doctors to see if I was a candidate for hormone therapy, but they said I was too young. So I used an over-the-counter herbal medication, which offered me only temporary relief.
When Covid hit last March, my in-person job as a pre-school assessor for a policy research company came to a halt. I transitioned to a full-time caretaker role for my 86 year-old mother who has mid-stage Alzheimer’s and for my father who was battling stage-four cancer.
Then, in November, my father lost his battle with cancer. Though it has been a tough year, I decided that it was time to get proactive in dealing with my hot flashes and night sweats, which were still going strong nine years after they first surfaced.
Connecting with Evernow
I discovered Evernow after it came up on my social media feed and was overjoyed at the prospect of finding a sustainable solution to manage my symptoms. After years of unsupportive doctor’s visits, I had hopes that Evernow might finally bring me relief.
My only reservation was the virtual visits with Evernow’s medical staff. This was just after the pandemic first hit, and I wasn’t yet accustomed to virtual care. Though I knew it could be done, I had never personally experienced it before and wondered what it would be like to seek medical care virtually.
However, I was also attracted to the fact that I could reach out to the Evernow doctors at any time with questions or concerns. The advantage of this virtual landscape enabled me to get help whenever I needed it, so I decided to sign up to see if I was a good candidate.
I joined in the spring of 2020 and the doctors started me on a low dose of the estrogen patch. Though it worked at first, I continued to check-in with the doctors who, after monitoring my symptoms, decided that I needed a higher dose. So, we increased the dose gradually. Later on, when my symptoms didn’t improve as much as they hoped, we discussed alternate options. Then, they transitioned me to the estrogen pill, which continues to keep my symptoms at bay.
Throughout this process, my doctor has been so supportive and communicative—turns out, I’ve really loved our virtual visits together! I’ve opened up to her about my symptoms, my family, and my day-to-day life. She understands the difficulties I’ve been going through in taking care of my parents and has always addressed my questions with patience and empathy.
On top of that, I know how hard she works to alleviate my symptoms, and I’m so grateful for every follow-up call with her. Now that I’m on the estrogen pill, my symptoms are so much better and I feel like I have control over my body and life again! I don’t have to worry about my hot flashes or night sweats getting in the way of my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Where I’m at today
Almost one year later, I can confidently say that Evernow has changed my life for the better. Before Evernow, my symptoms were uncomfortable, but they also affected my day-to-day life. I remember having to take my dad in for his many medical appointments and how embarrassed I would feel about my sweaty arms and hands.
Though menopause is something that we’re all aware of, it’s not something that most of us talk about openly. Experiencing visible signs of hot flashes like I did made it difficult for me to go about my day without feeling some degree of shame or discomfort.
Now, I not only feel significant relief of my symptoms, I also feel more confidence in myself. It’s empowering to know that my symptoms will no longer get in the way of me being able to focus on the things I need to do. I’ve noticed that mental clarity has improved, too.
Finally, I feel like I’ve found an ally in my menopause journey. My Evernow doctor has been so incredibly supportive throughout this entire process, she made me feel like I wasn’t going through it alone.