energy levels good, skin not so good at menopause


This is my story, have some menopause symptoms, persistant swollen feet, not bad but ugly, have sore throat 3 times in two months leading to flu like syptoms twice, still recovering glands still up on throat. Tsh is normal,lft and kidney function normal.
my mind is alert and my energy levels are great but i dont like having the thought of wrinkly skin, should I consider progesterone cream to get a balance, diet or livial.
If i can get my body to produce progesterone other thatn my defucnt ovaries then i will be pleased to work at that, but the thought of wrinkles when those on hrt have great skin confuses me.
Have you any advise, is my progesterone out of balance or in some sort of balance. I am in a real dilemma as if I dont start HRT soon my skin is beginning to wrinkle and thin.
Thanks Jenny

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Nov 04, 2011
energy levels good, skin not so good at menopause
by: Wray

Hi Jenny Oestrogen does nothing for the skin, see here and here. Whereas progesterone does, see here. I wouldn't recommend HRT either, the risks are not worth it. Unfortunately there is no way you can get your body to produce progesterone once the ovaries fail. Supplementing is the only way to supply more. I'm not sure of your age, but we have two pages you could look at with info. One is our page on Peri-menopause, the other our page on Menopause. But before considering it please read the page on Oestrogen Dominance. Vitamin D is vital for a healthy skin and hair too, and the immune system. Persistent sore throats indicate your level is too low. This doesn't surprise me, with the daft policy Australia has of covering up when in the sun. This is so dangerous as it's our only source of vitamin D. Even in the sunnier parts of Australia levels are low, see here and here. Please have a vitamin D test done. For more info on testing etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml and not the 30ng/ml labs and doctors regard as adequate. And 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. Take care Wray

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