So Far

by Lynn
(S.W. France)

Hi everyone, wishing you all an early christmas greeting.

My name is Lynn and although I live in France I am English.

When I was 30 I got myself sterilised (not sure if they cut the tubes or put a band on them) anyway a few years later I started to put on a lot of weight over 120lbs. Eventually they found out it was an under active thyroid gland and for the last 18 years I have taken 150mg Thyroxin daily. I went through my menopause at 42, no periods since. Had hot flushes etc, but nothing too serious. Havn't taken HRT.

I have managed over 5 years to lose 80lbs but still 40lbs to go. I felt drawn to the progesterone cream, a. because it was totally natural, and b. because I believe it can help with my fluid retention. I have been taking it for 2 weeks so far, and... I am holding a lot less fluid in fact it is very noticable. I had a terrible few days of hurting hair on the top of my head, but after reading that it could be due to estrogen, I increased the amount I was using and the symptoms ended. I am sooooooooooo grateful to you for this product and I believe I will get back the hormone balance that my body has lacked for so many years. Keep up the good work. Kindest regards.

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Dec 09, 2010
So Far
by: Wray

Hi Lynn Thanks for the kind words! Although the ovaries remain, sterilising can throw us into hormonal havoc, see Tubal ligation. It seems to affect ovulation and the luteal phase far more than the follicular phase. In fact oestrogen levels do rise, which of course causes weight gain and more, including Insulin Resistance. I suspect your hypothyroidism is more to do with excess oestrogen than the thyroid per se. It slows it down, plus it suppresses progesterone. Although you live in SW France which is relatively sunny, it is highly possible you lack vitamin D. Perpignan for instance is ±42 degrees N, so the sun's rays come in at an oblique angle, which doesn't make much vitamin D. This causes parathyroid hormone to increase which slows the thyroid down. Please have a vitamin D test done, please! For more info see the Vitamin D council website. You might like to see this video clip on how important it is, see 2009 Vitamin D and Prevention of Chronic Diseases - Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., M.D. I'm so pleased you read the Oestrogen Dominance page, as this often occurs when first using progesterone, it puts many off! Take care Wray

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