M Turner.

by Michelle
(Herefordshire. England)

Hello Wray, I am 49 and started Menopause according to my Doctor when I was 43, I might add he was reluctant to test my hormone level to see what was happening.

To sum it up, I have been going cold turkey all these years,no treatment with chemical hormones, as chose not to do that to my body. The problem is, I have noticed that increasingly my skin has become so dry to the point that it is constantly flaking, and my skin seems to have become quite wrinkled, I'm thinking perhaps due to the fact that I take no remedy or hormone replacement. Could you please help ? Many Thanks, M.

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Aug 04, 2011
M Turner.
by: Wray

Hi Michelle It does sound as if you could do with some progesterone. It's excellent for the skin, see here. During Peri-menopause and Menopause our oestrogen level is often higher than it should be in ratio to progesterone. Oestrogen does not benefit the skin, see here and here. Testosterone also increases in menopause, as the ovary becomes an androgen secreting organ, see here. This is responsible for the increased weight menopausal women get, plus the hair loss and facial hair many suffer from. Progesterone suppresses both oestrogen and testosterone, if sufficient is used. I recommend 100-200mg/day, more if symptoms are severe. If you should consider using it, please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance first, as it can occur. I would suggest you increase the amount of the good fats and oils to help your skin, coconut, olive and butter. Plus take some omega 3 fish oil too. Finally you live in the UK, where levels of sunshine are very low. As a consequence your vitamin D level is probably very low. Please have a test done, see the Birmingham Hospital website. And for more info on vitamin D see the Vitamin D Council and GrassrootsHealth websites. Plus these papers here, here, here, here, here and here. Vitamin D is vital for a healthy skin and more. Take care Wray

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