Surgical menopause: what to do?

by Heidi
(Hout Bay SA)

I've gone into surgical menopause 2 weeks ago. I'm trying to find out what best to do. Your website emphasizes on the idea that estrogen levels are too high and progesterone too low, but in my case no hormones whatsoever are being produced.

I am already experiencing heavy hot flushes and emotional imbalance.
Before the symptoms (am particularly afraid of depression, lack of sleep, change of personality) get the better of me, I would like to know more about how to fight this.

Progesterone alone doesn't seem to be the answer. Who can help me further? Thanks.

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Mar 10, 2010
Surgical menopause: what to do?
by: Wray

Hi Heidi. We still make hormones when in menopause, whether natural or surgically or chemically induced. Progesterone is still made by the brain, glial cells and adrenals, albeit in very small amounts. Too small to counter the oestrogen our fat cells still make. Not to mention the oestrogen in our food, air, water and skin 'care' we use. Please see this web site.

The symptoms you describe do respond to progesterone. It's a pity you weren't given it prior to surgery, as it will take time to resolve the issue now, but it will resolve. I would recommend 200mg/day initially, anything less will not give substantial relief. There are also natural antidepressants/anti-anxiety nutrients you can take to help over this period, please see here. You might like to see this web page too.

A hyst throws the body into turmoil, as not only do oestrogen levels drop, but so does progesterone. I don't know why you had one, but I wouldn't recommend oestrogen because of the risk of cancer, please see this. Take care, Wray

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