I'm 43 and for the last 2 years I have had symptoms of perimenopause. Hot flashes I get either loads a day or none at all, sometimes I am emotional, and I suffer PMS (water retention ) and cyclic migraine.
My weight was rising so I took up exercise as people said it would also help with the symptoms, I use dumbbells and also do urban rebounding and exercise bike but it didn't help and I haven't lost any weight even though my diet is extremley healthy.
Recently I read a book by Dr Eric Berg and realised I needed to get my hormones in balance so I ordered some progesterone cream. The previous year I had only 3 periods in total but since using the cream, I've had a bleed every month and now I'm having another bleed on day 14 when I am just about to start using the cream again so I don't know what is going on but it means that out of four months I've only been able to use the cream twice becuse of irregulairity.
Thankfully I haven't had any more hot flashes and the 7lb weight gain I used to get on week 3 of my cycle doesn't happen anymore so I am pleased with that but I feel like my exercise efforts are just wasted. I'm doing 50 minutes a day (maybe this is too much?) and all I am doing is maintaining the same weight. I read that progesterone allows fat burning to happen so maybe I just need to give it more time.
My main concern is, do I really have excess oestrogen because sometimes I'm sure my levels of oestrogen fluctuate a lot and maybe I should take soy isoflavones or something as well.