Hotflashes for me and other premenopause symptoms began it seemed like someone turned on a light switch. After many months of little sleep... I became irritable, anxious desparate feeling. I realized as I threw my covers off, peeled my pj's off only minutes later to have to cover back up, that I was not getting any quality sleep. It was awful.
For at least 8 months I had endured the intrusion of hotflashes and my periods became little or nothing. I did see a gynacologist for a pap and told her of my symptoms. When she asked how severe are my hotflashes, I really didn't know how to repsond as that topic was never a part of one I ever had with the ladies I knew.
Were my hotflashes and irritability severe compared to others? Were my symtoms average? I did not know and I declined the synthetic pills she offered in hopes to find something natural to help.
I decided for a couple of weeks to log everytime I had a hotflash. This was done so I would have a little more objective information to express the "severity" of my symptoms. Also, if I did start taking something, the log would help me know if it was working or not.
Some of my hotflashes were not recorded simply because I was driving or preoccupied in a way that I did not get them logged, but that really does not matter because the number I was able to log was significant enough. I was logging about 27 hotflashes in a 24 hour period. I was miserable. Many nights I would log a flash, then 20 minutes another flash, then maybe 45 minutes another flash. That was when I was trying to sleep. I logged my hotflashes for two weeks.
During this time I was searching the net to learn about this phase of my life and to see if there was anything I could do naturally to alleviate the hotflashes so I could at least sleep. That is when I read about natural prgestrone creme. I bought the premeasured type in small little plastic viles with the twist off top.
It was surprising to see no intructions on some of the differnt brands to select from. I needed to be confident to use this. I did not find information about progestrone, how to use it, how do you know if you are taking too much, all in one place but had to search. I found in one place how much to use and another place where to apply it.
The results amazed me and I am serious. The very first night after a day of two doses of the natural progestrone creme, there was a three hour period during the night that I did not log one hotflash. The second night I was even more amazed when I had not logged one hotflash in an 8 hour period.
Some days went by when my husband made a comment saying, "hey, I noticed you are not fanning yourself during the day and you're not throwing the covers off at night." It was THAT big a change.
Weeks later, in the late morning, I found myself snoozing in my recliner. I could NOT seem to shake off this drowsiness. It felt so good to sleep. I was sleeping so well thru the night but then soon after getting up I wanted to snooze some more which I let myself get by with for a while but then I found I was not getting anything done as I was sleeping my days and nights away.
One day as I kept trying to wake myslef up from my sleepy stupor...in my dreams I was asking myself, "Why am I sooooooo sleepy?!"
My eyes shot wide open as I remembered one of the many different pages of informaiton I had read about the natural progesterone creme... it almost seemed as a side note in an article. In someone's article they had listed, side affects to too much progesterone. I finally found it again and sure enough down past the middle of the list was the word, drowsiness. Oh my Gosh I thought, I am overdosing on this progestrone creme.
I cut out the morning application and just used the night one. That helped, but I found myself still sleepy a lot so I quit using it for the time being. Surprisingly the hotflashes did not come back for quite some time and months later, I do get some hotflashes but their intensity is mild, bearable and do not usually wake me up at night. I am not using the creme since the hotflashes deminished but I have noticed a significan thining of the hair in my hairline. Now I am wondering if I need to take that same creme to stop the thinning of my hair... I have not determined what to do about that yet. My mom's hair is very thin and I notice my sister two years ahead of me is thinning as well.
I have not had a menses in many months but this week, much to my disappointment, I did start. Good thing I hung onto my feminan items a little longer as I almost threw out my supply some days before.
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