I stopped waking up at 4am

by Susanne Way
(Madison, Wisconsin)

I first knew about hormones thru Suzanne Somers book. I tried the cream, I didn't stay on it long, so not sure if it worked. I felt like it helped in the early stages of Peri- Menopause.

I started peri-menopausal symptoms at 39 yrs. old. My symptoms increased by 42 although I didn't know all of them. The first was PMS I had not had it in the 30 yrs. of already menstrating. It also became more difficult to make decisions. I started getting lost in my own neighborhood. I had no idea all of this was related to hormones. Until I started waking up at he exact same time in the middle of the night. Alert. I spoke with my younger sister who had been on hormones for a few years and was feeling great.

I finaly found a Doctor that would test my hormone levels. After seeing two male Doctors who would not test me. A woman specialist Dr.Sheryl Spitzer. in the field of hormones in the Mid-West. At age 49 when my hormone levels was tested. My Estrogen was 750. My Doctor said that is the level of a pregnant woman. Instead of my Estrogen going down, It escalated. I started at 400 mg. Per night of (Prometrium)Progesterone. After about a month I was starting to feel more stable and able to think. Also starting to sleep through the night. By this time migraines had started as well. They have not gone away yet. I was just visiting a retirement community in AZ. and many woman told me their migraines went away after menopause. I look forward to that.

Today at age 51 I take 300 mg.of Progesterone (Prometrium) and I quit drinking soy milk. Which does raise Estrogen, which was what I was taking before progesterone hormones to raise my Estrogen levels. It sure worked.. However for me 2 cups a day raised it too much. I feel great, Progesterone saved my life. I look great too, I am not sure if Progesterone keeps you young. My three sisters that take hormones look beautiful and the three that do not take hormones are aging more rapidly. I hope this helps you.

I would like to add another womans story. I have a very good friend, she did not believe in Doctors or pills of any kind (old school thinking). I could see my friend slipping, she was mostly happy and stable in her life. Then her hormones started changing at age 49. She become more and more unstable to the point she was repeating herself and other unusual behavior. I suggested seeing a Doctor. She would not. She became psycotic, she ended up going through three pysch ward instutions and treatment, I suggested hormones. The hospital would not test her. After eight months I finally got her to a Doctor, she is feeling great today. On Progesterone. It changed her so much being hormonally imbalanced she still needs meds. I am not sure if she will ever be like she used to be. The hormones though have made a big difference. She is back at work. She doesn't remember much of last year. But would state, her hormone imbalance was the main cause of her psycotic episode.

Another new friend I was able to help earlier on, she had just gone through menopause and cried endlessly, and emothional basket case, up all night and very angry. Today we laugh together. Progesterone is a life savor. Thanks for listening, and I hope this helps someone.

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Aug 08, 2011
I stopped waking up at 4am
by: Wray

Hi Susanne Thanks for sharing your story. Firstly soy in any form increases oestrogen levels. It effects men as severely too, see here. Soy will also effect your memory too, see here. Progesterone reverses all the adverse effects of oestrogen, which contrary to what we are told, does not help our skin, see here and here. Whereas progesterone does, see here. So I'm not surprised your 3 sisters who use progesterone look beautiful. Progesterone certainly helps ageing, see here, here, here, here and here. I'm running out of space so will start a new comment below. Take care Wray

Aug 08, 2011
I stopped waking up at 4am
by: Wray

Hi Susanne Very sad about your friend, it appears all she needed was progesterone. But she could consider taking nutrients which should help her come off the meds. Please see our page on Anxiety, it gives a list of them. There's no need for your migraines, progesterone is excellent for them, see here, here, here, here, here and here. I believe it's not helping you as you're taking oral progesterone, this is the least effective Delivery system. Most of it gets destroyed in the gut and liver. Please consider changing to a system which allows better absorption. We do have more info on our Peri-menopause and Menopause pages. At least your doctor knew to give you a good amount of progesterone, all too often is far too low to help. Take care Wray

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