Miserable at Menopause
I am 51 year old who just reached menopause. I started using bio-identical in 2010: progesterone cream 10% and Estradiol cream 1mg.
Since my first Hot flash in 2010, I haven’t slept 8 hours straight. On good days, I wake up every 2 hrs with warm flashes. I guess because I do use bio-identicals my flashes are never too severe and I don’t really have night sweats. Other minor symptoms were: occasional fast heart beat and headaches.
Besides bio-identical, I basically tried everything under the sun: acupuncture, homeopathic, energy medicine, osteopathic, and don’t let me start on herbs… from Vitex to Dang Quai, Maca root, and everything in between.
The problem with alternative medicine practitioners is that they believe your body will eventually start producing enough hormones by itself. It doesn’t happen with me, period. Frankly, if my body did not produce enough hormones when I was 30 (which explains why I never got pregnant) why is it going to start producing them now at age of 50?? At suggestion of alternative medicine, I ended up taking frequent breaks with the hormones supplements, which only made all symptoms worse. I need to supplement them!
For my total desperation, my last blood test (about a month ago) came back with Progesterone level at 1.8 and Estradiol less than 12. I know… how can that be after 4 years of bio-identical, even if on and off??
Last November I officially entered menopause and that was when things became really bad. I started waking up EVERY HOUR at night. :(
I recently (last week) added Estriol cream to my routing (3.125 mg), which made me feel a bit better. I can now sleep 3hrs straight, sometimes 2hrs. But new symptoms started: became bloated & irritated, gained weight, and fast heartbeat increased. Estrogen dominance I can tell…
I am currently taking:
2 Progesterone pills daily - 100mg each, occasionally supplemented with Progesterone cream (when I start waking up too much at night I rub some cream to help)
Estradiol sublingual tablet – 0.5 to 1mg daily (I try not to overdo it)
Estriol cream applied on face - 3.125 mg daily (love this for anti-aging effects also)
DHEA pill 10mg – 3x a week (helps a lot with going back to sleep when I wake up mid night)
I read that the progesterone pill actually delivers 20% of what you take so I am probably getting 20-30 mg with each pill, on a total of 50mg per day, plus the progesterone cream gives me another 10 mg.
I started reading your site and pretty much EVERYTHING you say makes total sense to me. I believe I need to take high levels of progesterone and in fact I already bought the cream you suggest, Natpro. HOWEVER, I do nee some Estrogen too. A <12 level of Estrogen is not considered healthy for bones, anti-aging, etc. I now understand why I started looking my age when before I always looked at least 5 years younger.
I truly believe YOU can help me and I thank you in advance. Please just tell me how much progesterone I need to take daily (considering that I am taking both Estradiol & Estriol) and I will do it.
Also, back on 10/2003, my Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy came as 43.
I really appreciate your help!!