I think I'm ready to try Natpro
Hi Wray, I have read so many articles on your site and they are all very helpful, although some leave me feeling confused.
After my hysterectomy recently, (removal of ovaries, fibroid uterus but leaving cervix), at aged 52 I was determined not to take HRT, having never wanting to take the contraceptive pill during my younger days.
A few days after coming out of hospital, the hot flashes came with a vengeance and then the anxiety and worthless feelings followed. I continued with taking my dong quai and red clover, as well as rhodiola rosea for my stress symptoms, but I have just got worse and worse. My bloated (fat) belly isnt going away and I feel almost suicidal.
Its now nearly 11 weeks since the op and I am trying so hard to get back to normal and find myself a job, I just lose it when I get into the interview. I cannot remember what I was going to say next, word blindness and all sorts. I feel really desperate. My doctor has prescribed Oestrodial patches 50mg, and I have been using them for 2 weeks now, and the only thing I have noticed is a slight reduction in the hot flashes.
I am awaiting some blood tests for my progesterone level as well as testosterone, thyroid, liver, cholesterol levels which should be through any day now, (although my doctor was very anti progesterone, saying I didn't need it now I don't have my ovaries. I insisted I wanted to know the levels!
I so want to try the progesterone cream, because from what I have gathered from reading your articles, the symptoms I am experiencing is due to the lack if progesterone... right? What I really need to know is, should I abandon the patches, before they get a hold, and start to use the cream in the large doses you suggest at first? If so, how much (in tsps) should I use daily and for how long, because obviously that is going to be using quite a few tubes for months and months.
Further, given that for the first 8 weeks after my op, (surgical HRT) I was not taking the HRT and using only herbal phytoestrogens, will my body still have a huge excess of estrogen? I have stopped taking the phytoestrogens as I wondered if they assisted in the build up or are they beneficial? I take multivitamins, omega 3, calcium and vitamin D, plus glucosamine.
I now realise that I have obviousy been living with excess estrogen in my body for years, given the problems I have experienced and the operations I have had. The worst thing about all this is, that I probably didn't need any of them if I had had the correct level of progesterone. From around aged 38 my periods just got worse and were unbearable, I couldn't live a normal life suffering from such huge blood loss, was anaemic and things just went on and on from there, finally ending up with my hysterectomy, for which I now feel such a sense of loss as I think it was probably totally uneccessary! I feel robbed and desperate, through not understanding my own body before it was too late.
I can't get over the feeling of doom and feel I have done unseen damage and ruined the body I was blessed with. Having always been complimented on looking so much younger for my age, I feel I am on a downhill spiral to ending up looking so much older having had all my bits unnecessarily taken away... please help.