Peri-menopause came on suddenly in my mid-40’s. I began to experience lack of energy, hot flashes, shorter monthly cycles, sweating, inability to concentrate, repetitive thoughts, anxiety and insomnia. I ignored the symptoms thinking I could control my increasingly erratic mood swings and thought patterns. Fortunately I have a great gynecologist, Dr. Linda Evans, who was able to diagnose my situation. Unfortunately I had waited too long to see her and my treatment required the use of anti depressants. Over time however, through faith, a supportive network of family and friends, and the hormone pellet therapy, I expect to soon reduce and ultimately eliminate the antidepressant. It is my belief that had I recognized the symptoms and started hormone pellet therapy sooner, I could have avoided a lot of personal pain and the need for antidepressants. I encourage any woman whose quality of life is not at its maximum to quickly consult their gynecologist and investigate hormone pellet therapy. The results far outweigh the minimal cost.