by Pam
(Sacramento, CA)

I have asked my doctors for the past 2 years to check my hormone levels, because I have experienced vaginal dryness, night sweats, hot flashes, thinning hair on my head, hair on my chin and upper lip, sleep problems, joint pains, ect. I never had these problems until 2 years ago.

Two of the doctors I had, told me that I did not have to worry about hormone levels since I went through menopause at 54years old. I am now almost 61 and found a female doctor, but she did not test me for any hormone inbalance. She prescribed the Estring and said I was low in estrogen. I am frustrated because I have been reading a lot about natural progesterone cream. I use 1/4 teaspoon of ProHelp cream at night.

I have asked my doctor that I now have to please do a complete hormone test. I don't know if the Estring is what I need or not, but I do know I will not quit using the progesterone cream. I am just wondering if I should be using more. I still do not sleep good, still get night sweats at times, have joint pain. Some of the symptoms have gotten better. I do not have hot flashes, the hair on my face seems to be going away. I just have not felt like myself for over 2 years and feel it has to do with hormones. What can I do?

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Apr 29, 2011
by: Wray

Hi Pam Why your doctors think because you went through Menopause at 54, and now you're 61, you can't have hormone problems beats me. We can have hormone problems from birth until death! For instance progesterone is vital for the development of the lungs. If a pre-term infant has a problem with this, they are given progesterone. And at the other end of the scale, it's been found very beneficial for ageing, see here, here, here, here and here. If you do want your hormones tested, it seems you will have to do this without a doctors help. ZRT Labs are excellent, and do saliva tests which are generally regarded as the more accurate. Most doctors will tell their menopausal patients they are low in oestrogen, totally disregarding progesterone. I don't believe we need more, you might like to see our page on HRT. I recommend using 100-200mg/day progesterone, as I've found anything less merely stimulates oestrogen production. I'm not sure how much you are currently using, but I'm guessing probably 20mg/day. If you should decide to use more, please see our page on Oestrogen Dominance first, as this can occur. Take care Wray

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