Menopause and Bio identical hormone therapy

by Debbie
(Hollywood, Fl)

Hello, my name is Debbie and im going through the worst menopause, I can't sleep, I put weight on, I have night sweats and I'm very depressed.

I went to a bio identical MD who wants to put me on estradiol, testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, thyroid and melatonin. Do I need all of this to achieve optimal blood levels? I'm afraid because when I was younger I had fibroids in my uterus but I can't stand my lack of energy. I tried herbs but it didn't work. What's even scarier my estradiol was 19 one day and a month later 62 from drinking soymilk. If just taking progesterone who will monitor the blood? Can you become fertile again or even start a menstruation? Please help. Thanks so much.

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Jun 19, 2010
Menopause and Bio identical hormone therapy
by: Wray

Hi Debbie I know how you feel! I don't believe you need estradiol, testosterone, DHEA and thyroid meds. Melatonin does help sleep, but I find the amino acid precursor tryptophan better. For more info on how to take this so it's effective, please see our web page on Natural Antidepressants. These is a comprehensive list of other nutrients which all help with sleep and depression problems. Oestrogen is a mitogen so causing cells to divide and multiply, hence it's danger in cancer, for more info please see our web page on HRT Research. Fibroids are also caused by oestrogen for the same reason, please see our web page on Fibroids. Testosterone is given in the mistaken belief it raises libido, the jury is still out on this. In fact we have many men using progesterone to raise theirs. And DHEA can cause cysts and cancer. Please see here,
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Often thyroid meds are given when in actual fact there is nothing wrong with the thyroid, but an imbalance of other hormones, and a lack of vitamin D. Please have a test done, a low level also leads to depression, for more info please see here. It could be you have insulin resistance, hence the weight gain, a lack of vitamin D also causes this too, for more info please see our web page on Insulin Resistance. Take care Wray

Jun 20, 2010
Progesterone cure?
by: Debbie

Thank u so much wray for your comments. What about the progestorone cream? Will that help? One time I took some progestorone cream and my breasts began to feel like I was going to menstruate so I stopped. Other bio identical Docters say if you don't take the bhrt you are prone to breast and uterine cancer, heart disease and dementia. Should I just try your product? Is it 3 weeks on and one week off or everyday? Will I begin to menstruate again? Thank you for all your help and time.

Jun 22, 2010
Progesterone cure?
by: Wray

Hi Debbie I'm daft! I must have been distracted by something as I made no mention of progesterone. Or soy for that matter, something to be avoided at all costs, for more info please see here. As for BHRT it matters not whether it's bio or otherwise, oestrogen is still oestrogen and it causes cells to divide and multiply. Oestrogen in excess, in any form, causes breast and uterine cancer, heart disease and dementia, and more. Even endogenous oestrogen causes these if in excess, please read those papers on the HRT web page I gave you. Yes we need oestrogen, but not in the amounts we're getting it now. There are over 90 oestrogen mimics in the environment, in our food, water, air and the skin care we use. Please see here. I think it's far safer to use progesterone, as that is invariably low in most people. Oestrogen suppresses it when in excess. You ask if you will menstruate again, but I'm not sure at what stage you are. So I'm assuming you don't have periods at all. If you don't have any it won't cause them to start again, I also recommend using the progesterone daily. There's no need for a break, unless you feel like taking one. If you are still within the first year after menopause, then progesterone can cause you to bleed once, rarely twice. There is always a build up of the lining in the first year or so, it's this which will come away if it hasn't been absorbed. If you start using progesterone again, you will probably feel the same symptoms as you did previously. It does have an initial stimulatory affect, please see our web page on Oestrogen Dominance. Take care Wray

Sep 26, 2010
menopausal and periods
by: Anonymous

I had not had a period for 2 yrs. I began taking the bioidentical progesterone and a estrogen/testosterone cream. After just 3 weeks I started a fairly heavy period. Is there any way to stop these periods but take some of these meds to stop the hot flashes? cj

Sep 30, 2010
Bio Identical Hormone Therapy
by: Anonymous

The greatest advantage in the use of bioidentical hormones is that bioidentical hormones perfectly duplicate the structure and function of the hormones inside our bodies. Bioidentical hormones come from plant sources and help us rebalance the hormone levels in our bodies in a natural way. The use of natural hormones that are similar in molecular structure to our own hormones ensures that the body is equipped to quickly metabolize these hormones. For this reason, there are no known negative side-effects of bioidentical progesterone use when taken as directed without overdosing. http://www.premenstrualsyndromesupport.com/Bioidentical-Hormones.php

Oct 08, 2010
menopausal and periods
by: Wray

Hi CJ Using progesterone only will not cause a period, as it's not responsible for building the uterine lining, oestrogen is. Which is why you are now bleeding, as you are supplementing with oestrogen. The only way to prevent this occurring is to stop the oestrogen. I don't believe any woman needs extra testosterone either. Often given in the mistaken belief it increases libido, there is evidence progesterone is responsible for that, please see Brain Research Reviews 51 (2006) 136-143 I've found hot flushes are dramatically reduced or go with 400mg/day progesterone, used for 4-5 days. Thereafter reduce the amount slowly, till you reach the optimum level. For more info please see our page on Menopause. Take care Wray

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