Should I balance my hormones to a level at age 25?

by Michelle
(New Hampsire)

I am a 48 year old female with not many symptoms of menopause yet... weight gain, bloating but that's about it.
From a health point of view, does it make sense to balance out my hormone levels to a level they were when I was 25?

I had a blood test taken to test for everything... hormones, cholesterol etc. I did find out that I have hypothyroidism, low in vitamin D and B-12. So I am on thyroid medication, vitamin D and B-12. My progesterone was 9.9 ng/ml, my estradiol was 159 pg/ml, my testosterone was 22 ng/dl.

My doctor thinks my levels are fine and within normal range and I should not supplement them. My pharmasist who specializes in bio identical hormones thinks I need testosterone and progesterone cream.

Does anyone know the answer to this?

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Dec 31, 2010
hello michelle
by: michelle

Hei there I have posted a few time on this site and have lower levels with the progesterone and testosterone, so I was on a natural oral and pro-cream at least 200 mg a day I felt horrible and my dr put me on a low dose testosterone. Wray advises against it and I only used for about a month and had weird bumps like acne which I never have had in my life and my hair seemed to be coming out when I used it. I stopped and my face cleared immediately!

I had a 16 level of testosterone when prescribed, I wouldn't do it. My progesterone was only 1.2 and estrogen 200, started D vit and a bunch of other fish oils and cut sugar as well. I feel better than I did but still not right!....It just sucks! I am 44. Some woman have no problems while others do, just not fair. I hope you feel better.
Michelle

Dec 31, 2010
Should I balance my hormones to a level at age 25?
by: Wray

Hi Michelle The weight gain and bloating are caused by oestrogen. This occurs because progesterone levels are declining and have been since you were about 35. You might like to read more about Peri-menopause here. It's not so much about balancing your hormones to levels they used to be, but about protecting against the excess oestrogen now in the environment. There's no question oestrogen is rising, please see the website Our Stolen Future. Excess oestrogen slows the thyroid, and a lack of vitamin D does too. There's probably nothing wrong with your thyroid but this. Most of us have too low a level of vitamin D, and if a test is done, the ranges given are too low too. The minimum it should be is 50ng/ml, up to 100ng/ml, see the Vitamin D council website. The minimum dose should be 5000iu's per day too, I do hope you are taking this amount or more. So many women in peri-menopause are given thyroid meds, and yet all that's needed is the oestrogen to be suppressed, and/or vitamin D checked. Although your progesterone and oestrogen are within normal range, the ratio is only 62:1. I've found to feel well it should be 600:1 and over. Having said that, you say you feel fine, then there's little point in using progesterone. Unless you want to protect yourself, and help your thyroid, rather than take meds. Your testosterone is on the low side, but I don't believe any women needs extra, so I never recommend it. If you do decide to use progesterone, please make sure you use sufficient. I recommend 100-200mg/day, dependant on symptoms. Too little and symptoms of Oestrogen Dominance occurs. You might be interested to learn that progesterone is beneficial for ageing, see here, here, here and here. Take care Wray


Jan 08, 2011
hello michelle
by: Wray

Hi Michelle I'm pleased you stopped the testosterone, you are correct I don't advise using it. It does take time to come right, as I'm sure you will. Please persevere, it's essential to make progesterone the dominant hormone. I'm pleased you've also started the vitamin D too, you'll find this helps the progesterone. You are now in the early stages of Peri-menopause. This is a most difficult time, made worse if you have high levels of stress too. Take care Wray

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