Progesterone vs Progesterone and Estrogen
Hi Wray, I am a 58 year old woman who went through menopause in 2000 and have now been menstrual free for almost 10 years. I opted not to take synthetic HRT as my mother had taken it and developed colon cancer 3 years into treatment.
I just tuffed it out without any thing at all (not pleasant). I now find myself having symptoms again that are driving me crazy. I am having hot flashes (especially during the night) mood swings, depression, anxiety, night time insomnia followed by day time fatigue, hair thinning, increased weight gain around the middle and loss of desire to do much of anything.
I have been reading about BDHR therapy and would really like to give natural hormones a try as I am beginning to realize I will probably need hormone replacement for life. I just got through reading Suzanne Sumers new book "Breakthrough" and she suggests that menopausal/post menopausal women need both estrogen and progesterone replacement. How do I know for sure what I need? I just sent a saliva test off to the lab for both estradiol and progesterone levels but I did not include testing for estrone or estriol. Is it necessary to include these to find out my estrogen level? I also plan to do a thyroid urine test next week.
I am a little confused at this point as to what therapy I need and how much progesterone is safe or what the dosage should be if I need both progesterone and estrogen. Many sites I have visited including yours indicate that I need progesterone therapy.
Many sites state progesterone dosage over 40 mg per day is not good. Your site indicates a much higher dosage and states a 40 mg dose would keep me in estrogen dominates.
Can you give me some advise on this?