Progesterone, Estradiol and Hashimoto's
(Niagara Falls, NY, USA)
I am 55 years old and I believe in the last phase of menopause. In 2010, I was given 20 mg Progesterone, .5 Bi-est and 2 mg Testosterone. I was also diagnosed with Hashimoto's and put on at first high dosages 425 mcg, my TSH at that time was 113. At first the levels of hormones did help, but in 2012, I began to put on a lot of weight, lost much of my muscle tone and had foggy brain etc. To make matters worse, my practitioner said I no longer needed hormones and that menopause was a natural passage of life and that I should accept aging. So she stopped my hormones.
In March 2015, I had my blood tests for progesterone and estradiol levels tested. My Progesterone is at <0.5 ng/ml and my Estradiol is at 19 pg/ml. My testosterone is: 17 ng/DL. My new BHRT practitioner refuses to raise my Progesterone and has only given me 12.5 mg. She said I would gain even more weight and it would make my symptoms worse. While she did prescribe Estradiol, she has not given me the dosage yet. I should start estradiol in about two weeks. She also did not prescribe Testosterone because she says my levels are acceptable.
My current symptoms are: excessive weight gain (I am 5'4" and weight is 150 lbs.), inability to lose weight and loss of energy and muscle tone. Plus this is frustrating because I am a former ballerina and stopped dancing because I have absolutely no power or energy to take a ballet class. The weight is centered on my abdominal area making movement and jumping difficult!
I also have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, T4 total is 3.8 mcg/dl, TSH, .24 m/IUL and T3 Total is 147 ng/DL. My D-3 is very low, <4 ng/ml. Which she is supplementing. My triglycerides are high at 398 mg/DL. Which I am watching and changing my diet accordingly.
I would like to order Natpro to supplement my Progesterone, however, my practitioner does not believe in high dosages and says will worsen my symptoms. Please let me know if this is true or not. Otherwise I do wish to try Natpro.
Also, if you know of a doctor in the Niagara Falls, USA area that practices BHRT, I would appreciate a referral.