Hello everyone! Very happy to have found this site. Have been lurking for a week or two and am very blessed to have found this place.
A little background: I am 44 yrs old and have been in perimenopause for a couple of yrs at least. Last year I figured I might be headed for complete menopause sooner rather then later-- I only had either 5 or 6 menstrual cycles. All pretty much light- though a couple were heavier. (I've almost always had heavy periods)
I felt wonderful really on the months I didn't have a cycle. Wasn't bothered at all by it once I realized I wasn't pregnant. haha I don't have any children and sure don't want to start now.
Then this year- all of a sudden, I'm having heavier periods one month and lighter ones other months. The problem has been how I feel right before and during my period.
It left me with horrible feelings of being unbalanced and confused. I would walk around feeling like I was about to pass out and that everything was tipping. It feels a lot like anxiety (used to suffer from very bad anxiety) but its not like 'real' anxiety. I don't know how to explain that better except to say that I call it hormonal anxiety. (I already know that there are substances that can trigger what feels like bad anxiety and I avoid them... but I couldn't avoid my own hormones!)
It would feel like I was about to have panic attacks. (used to be very agoraphobic- hardly able to leave my home except to go to work-- I'm stubborn so I kept going there! haha)
So I had read Dr Lees book and also Christine Northrup and decided to try progesterone cream. I chose Emerita Pro-gest as both recommended that one.
Being sensitive to so many things-- I usually have to ease into products (even supplements) in order to avoid adverse reactions. Well, as you all know- you can't do that with progesterone! So I put just a little bit on in morning and evening. Uck-- I felt horrible. The same feelings as when I have hormonal anxiety!
I did know that it can take time for the cream to work- but didn't know how I was going to stick it out for 2 to 3 months. So I said a heartfelt prayer that if this is the right course for me to take-- to lead me in the right direction or to give me a sign. And lo and behold, I ended up here!
I sucked up my fear of using more of the product. It goes against everything I know for tolerating a substance. But am so happy I took that leap!
I've only been on the cream for about 2 weeks. As it is-- I've upped my dose to 480 mgs a day. Its helped immensely though I know it will be awhile before I am where I want to be. And yesterday, I found I needed to apply some more during the day twice so am adjusting as needed.
The info on this site has been a godsend! I know that Wray is taking a much-needed break right now-- but I just want to send a big Thank You to her as well as to the other ladies who provide such well appreciated information.
Wray- I don't know if you will see this- but you have given so much hope and help to women who are suffering greatly. I know that you have put a lot of time and effort into helping as many as you can personally and I appreciate your efforts and dedication. I know that you have decided to focus more on those taking Natpro as you are getting burned out.
I want to say that it really has impressed me that you have had such a willingness to help all the women who came here no matter what brand they were using. To me, that shows someone who is really dedicated to helping each woman no matter what the situation.
But I also know how easy it would be to approach burnout so I really respect your decision to focus on those using Natpro.
As it is-- I have ordered Natpro and will be switching from Emerita to Natpro. Pro-gest has been working well for me- -but I like the idea that I will be able to use less cream to get the same results and there is more progesterone in Natpro.
Once again- thank you for such a wonderful site and for so much information!
Sorry so long!
ok- sorry so long. Am very happy to have found this place!!