Struggling to gain hormonal balance
My name is Robin, I am currently 42 years old and have been on BHRT for 3 years now. I had a partial hysterectomy, ovaries still in tact, 11 years ago. In 2011, I started having hot flashes, night sweats & insomnia. In May of 2012 I started taking 150 mg oral compounded progesterone in the evening, and used a small dose of testosterone cream in the morning. I did start to feel better, but have gained 25 pounds in the last 3 years! I am an avid exerciser and eat pretty well, but no matter what the weight won't budge?
I moved a few months ago, and am seeing a new hormone doctor, she just recently changed me to 75mg/0.5 ML compounded progesterone cream in the evening, and .25 E2/.25 E3/1 Test/.5M compounded cream in the morning. Felt great the first 5 days, since then (2 weeks), literally feel like I have been run over by a truck! Extreme fatigue, have been sleeping 10-12 hours a night, can barely open my eyes in the morning..get nothing accomplished all day. How much does 75mg transdermal cream relate to an oral dosage? I read if taken orally, you may get the benefits of 10 to 20% of the dose - is this correct?
Last night I took 200 mg prometrium orally, slept 9.5 hours - but feel a little better today, not as much fatigue...I think the 75mg cream was way too much for me, any ideas?