early onset of menstruation

by del5del

Background: Very early onset of menstruation, oily skin. I've always had straight thick hair. At age 35 I suddenly got curls in the crown area. Fast forward to now: age 48. During routine bloodwork at age 45 diagnosed hypothyroid and low Vit D. Taking T3 for last two years. I noticed hair thinning the last few years, so I started Rogaine a year ago, last May, with great results. Shedding stopped and over the course of 6 months hair thickened some. Because of results of a saliva test, I started a low dose of progesterone cream last October. I used progesterone for about 4-5 months. Good results...less anxiety, slept better, got compliments on my hair and skin, curl in hair even became more manageable. For some reason I decided I was "cured" and quit the progesterone cream about 3 or so months ago. Within a month I suddenly had horrible anxiety and sleep problems. My OB gave me low dose Xanax to take at bedtime, which helped. THEN...a couple months ago, about 2-3 months after I stopped the progesterone cream. my hair started shedding like crazy! I have never experienced anything like this in my life. It's been awful! It took me until last week to realize that there was possibly a connection between stopping the prog cream and the anxiety onset and hair loss. So last week I started back on the progesterone cream, but I'm still shedding. Now I am in a total panic that the shedding won't ever stop and that I've damaged something with my thyroid or started some autoimmune issue. What do I do?

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Jul 01, 2016
Early onset of menstruation
by: Joy

Hi del5del

Well stopping and starting progesterone would certainly have caused an upset. What most people to not realise is that once progesterone therapy is stopped, all symptoms return and in some cases new symptoms arise as you experienced. I suspect that you went into Peri-Menopause at the age of 35 and perhaps still in it. PM is a difficult time in most women's lives, but it need not be. The correct use of progesterone and the correct progesterone cream will help you through this and prepare you for Menopause. A missed period for 12 months puts one in Menopause, are you still bleeding/spotting? Your low Vitamin D3 level would also have had an effect. Not only does it reduce the benefits of progesterone, but it is connected to every single function cell in our bodies making it vital. Co-factors are needed too, Magnesium being considered the most import. Do you know what your Vit D3 level is now? The Vitamin D3 page will explain what it should be.

It always amazes me why Xanax and other AD’s are always given, when very clearly all that is needed is the balancing of the hormones. That to me is a cop out on the doctors part. Please read the Anxiety page and consider taking those calming aminos mentioned as well as the correct progesterone cream. If progesterone is not used correctly it will not work.

Please take the time to look at this video about the thyroid and nutrition.

The following pages as they will help you to understand how to use progesterone correctly and what is needed:

How to use Progesterone Cream
Estrogen Dominance
Progesterone Cream
Vitamin D3
Hair Loss

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