Post Surgical Menopausal Mess!

by A Wilson
(Colorado Springs, Colorado)

My name is A. Wilson and I am a 53 year old, 11 year post surgical menapausal mess!!!
I underwent a total hysterectomy, with uterus, cervix and ovaries removed eleven years ago.
My doctor put me on Estradiol after the surgery. I took it off an on for a while.
My symptoms got so bad that I started taking it again for about six months last year. My new OBGYN suggested I come off due to health risks.
She suggested diet & exercise as a replacement.
Everyday since has been a hormonal struggle. I am beat down by hot flashes, night sweats, depression, weight gain, no libido, dry vaginal area, thinning nails & the list goes on.
I have started taking Estroven to see if I can get any relief from my symptoms.
I am sooooooooo tired of this!
Do you think I might be a candidate for Progestrone?

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Sep 02, 2013
RE: post surgical menopausal mess
by: Terrie

YES, YES, YES ! You are most definitely a candidate for progesterone therapy. I myself, am 8 years post surgical menopause. I also had ovaries, uterus and cervix removed. I was put on the vivel dot patch post surgery. It worked, at first. Then, one day I woke up so dizzy I could not walk a straight line. ENT said I had meniere's disease. Asked ENT if it could be my hormones and he said probably not. I stopped taking them anyway. It took a while for the symptoms to subside but, every time I tried to go back on the patch, within a few days the dizziness came back. I then tried the bio-identical hormones. Never could get those adjusted right and continued to have hot flashes. FINALLY, I came upon this site and ordered the NATPRO. Within a few days the hot flashes were gone. I have been on NATPRO for almost a year and, within that year, have only had one or two flashes. I never had night sweats. I use the progesterone vaginally as well and it works to relieve the dryness. Although the insomnia is not completely gone, it is also a lot better. I am using 6ml in the a.m. and 6 ml in the p.m. I know that is about 400 mg a day but, that is what works for me. I hope this helps and good luck

Sep 04, 2013
Thanks a bunch
by: A. Wilson

Thank You Sooooooooo Much Teri!
I am so desperate!
I am tired of this "Hormone Rollercoaster."
I really think I'm going to give Natpro a try.

Sep 06, 2013
Post surgical menopausal mess
by: Wray

Hi there Yes I do, certainly if you look at others who've been helped. I was also a mess, although not because of surgical menopause, just the usual Peri-menopause we go through. It never fails to amaze me women are put on HRT after a hyst, ovarian progesterone production has also been stopped abruptly, and yet it's never thought of, see here. I have found 400mg/day progesterone is needed for Hot Flushes, vitamin D is so important too. Please have a test done. A lack of vitamin D reduces the benefits of progesterone. Both Progesterone and Vitamin D can help depression. We do have a page on depression and Anxiety. It gives a list of several nutrients which can help too. And another page on Libido. Progesterone can help any dryness and inflammation in the vagina, it can be applied directly there. If you consider it, please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance first. Take care Wray

Sep 06, 2013
RE: post surgical menopausal mess
by: Wray

Hi Terrie I'm so delighted the Natpro has helped you. The 12ml will be giving you about 400mg/day. Are you taking vitamin D, and do you know your level? This is so important, a lack of it reduces the benefit of progesterone. If you get your level high, I think you'll find you can start reducing the amount of progesterone, it will certainly be cheaper! The vitamin D should also help the insomnia too, see here and here. Take care Wray

Sep 09, 2013
Post Surgical Menopause Mess
by: Terrie

Thanks Wray, I have not had my vitamin D levels checked but I do take 15,000mg a day and, we own a lawn maintenance/landscaping company so, no lack of vit D there, lol.

However, due to being self-employed, having a 22 yr. old Autistic Son who lives at home, a mother-in-law who I have to check on daily at the nursing home, my aging parents, and 2 other children and grandchildren who always seem to be in need of my help, lol, I do lead a high stress life, lol. So, I am not so sure about being able to reduce the amount.

I have recently started taking magnesium. I read somewhere that it is needed along with Vit. D. I also thought that magnesium had some sedating effects. What are your thoughts on this?

Thank you so much for all your work in this area. I tell ladies about you and your site all the time.

Sep 10, 2013
Post Surgical Menopause Mess
by: Wray

Hi Terrie Good heavens, no wonder you still need 400mg/day and don't want to reduce it! How on earth do you do it all. And I understand about the vitamin D too, although at some point a test would be good. I know your son is now 22, but one of Dr Cannell's main interests is autism. In fact he's cured them if found early enough, on large amounts of vitamin D and getting levels up very high. I've no idea if it will help a 22 yr old, but certainly worth trying. He is doing a study now on autism and vitamin D, if interested his web page on autism is here. Magnesium is the most important co-factor for vitamin D, a lack leading to an inefficient use of vitamin D. The other co-factors are vitamin K2, zinc and boron. Magnesium is very calming, it relaxes muscles and helps sleep too. Calcium does the opposite, it's an excitatory mineral causing muscle contraction. Too much leading to excitation in the brain, tense muscles, depression, blood glucose problems and heart disease. Yes it's needed but soils often lack magnesium, whereas many get an abundance of calcium due to dairy products, which are very low in magnesium. About 250mg/day are needed of magnesium, although if someone has pain due to a low level, I recommend 800mg/day for a month or two. Bless you for spreading the word about the site! Take care Wray

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