Do you think this will help me?

by denese

I am 46 years old and have had problems with my periods for years which i blamed on the hormone contraceptive injection. over the past year I have struggled with weight gain:I walk, and attend boxersice class, and maintain a fairly healthy diet, but I cannot shift the weight. My fat is stored all around my hips and have an ugly pouch which I dread getting bigger. Also my mood is up and down and often I feel worthless and sad:crying at the slightest thing. My breasts constantly ache with heavy sore pain. Will Progesterone Therapy help me with these symptoms? I did your questionaaire and it would seem I would benefit, I would love to feel better.

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Aug 06, 2012
Do you think this will help me?
by: Wray

Hi Denese Your symptoms show you're in Peri-menopause, probably not helped at all by the Contraceptive injection you were on. Contraceptives can cause Insulin Resistance, and it sounds like you have this. Excess oestrogen also causes IR, plus water retention and an inability to loose weight. A lack of vitamin D too, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Please have a test done, your level is probably very low living in the UK. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml (175-250nmol/L) and not the 30ng/ml (75nmol/L) most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Birmingham Hospital send out test kits. We do have two pages on breasts you could look at, one on Breast Tenderness, the other on Breast Cysts. I do feel progesterone will help you, but feel you need vitamin D too. If you'd like to chat to someone, please contact Julienne via her website here. She can give advice on the progesterone and vitamin D, plus she's a registered EFT therapist. Take care Wray

Apr 02, 2024
Early Menopause
by: Sol

Hello, first I would like to thank you for the information provided. I have been diagnosed with early menopause and I am very confused. I've been reading Ray Peat's work, which has led me to think that maybe I don't need estrogen. I am currently on estrogen and progesterone therapy. But I'm not convinced about the use of estrogen. I have had tests performed where they have only evaluated estradiol. It is very difficult for conventional doctors to get out of their manuals.

Apr 03, 2024
Early Menopause
by: Joy

Hi Sol

Thank you for your kind words.

A missed period for 12 months puts you in Menopause. If you are still bleeding/spotting in any way you are in Peri-Menopause. Did your doctor explain this to you? Most doctors are only trained to prescribe drugs. There is not much money in suggesting anything natural. If one does find a doctor who does, they are gold.

We don't believe that any woman needs to take extra estrogen. There are well over 100 estrogen mimics in our Environment as it is, why take more? Extra estrogen merely adds to Estrogen Dominance symptoms.

You haven't shared your test results but progesterone:estrogen ratio should be around 600:1 see the Hormone Testing page. Your estrogen level will be high due to the extra estrogen that you are taking plus the environment which we all battle with.

Please consider trying progesterone only using a good quality, organic cream such as Natpro which is a 3% cream. Usually between 100-200mg is needed per day, more if symptoms are severe. Please read the How to use Progesterone cream page and take note of the estrogen dominance symptoms.

A Vitamin D3 deficiency will reduce the benefits of progesterone. It is also connected to every single functioning cell in our bodies. Cofactors are vital when taking D3.

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