Perimenopause symptoms

by Sara
(Eugene, Or, USA)

I'm 44 and my cycles have gone down to every 26 days. In the past I've been able to get them back to normal by regular exercise. That isn't helping anymore. I also started getting migraines or very bad headaches in the first week of my cycle - that was really debilitating. For a while I increased my soy intake and the weak estrogenic effect helped block my own stronger estrogen and effectively helped balance me. Now that's not working either. Lately I've been feeling fuzzier in my thinking and my energy just isn't like it was. I've had one procedure to remove a problematic fibroid and know I have some others that aren't considered problematic. My sleep has also been more dusturbed.

All of this led me to trying progesterone therapy. Its been a couple weeks now. I'm using 100mg a day off Natpro. I don't know if I should take a break for my period or just keep using it straight for a couple months...? (This is what I'm leaning towards). I am also noticing that my temperature has increased. I feel warmer in a sustained way -but it isn't an intense or quick flush. Is this the metabolic effect I've read about? Or is it excess estrogen and a kind of hot flash? My breasts have also been sore on and off. Do I need to increase my dose? I have been feeling more like myself and haven't had a headache but it also hasn't been that part of my cycle yet.

I'm taking NaC and 4000ius of vit d, daily green veggie antioxidant drinks and magnesium as well as just starting fluvic acid minerals. My diet is pretty clean.

Thank you for any feedback!

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Oct 03, 2017
Perimenopause symtpoms
by: Joy

Hi Sara

Soy should never be taken, I would avoid taking it as you do not need for estrogen. Soy also slows the thyroid down and contains trypsin inhibitors which slow protein digestion. Soy makes estrogen dominance far worse, as you are experiencing. Have you had your thyroid tested, are you taking iodine? A lack of iodine can cause tender breasts. Try rubbing Natpro on your tender breasts, this usually eases the pain as it is an excellent anti-inflammatory. Your body also needs time to adjust to progesterone therapy which is not an over night fix.

Peri-Menopause (PM) can be a torrid time for most women but it need not be with the correct use of a good natural progesterone cream such as Natpro which I am pleased to see that you are using however, it is not enough. It explains you irregular cycle, or the beginning of it. Usually 200mg per day helps, but because you also have Fibroids you need at least 400mg per day every day. You can always reduce again once things improve for you. Do not take a break, it will soon become rather difficult using the cream by following your cycle. PM also brings on erratic/heavy bleeding/clotting. Diet is always important, do take care with certain veg and fruits as they are loaded with sugar, sugar is toxic.

Fibroids are caused by oxidative stress and unless the inflammation is dealt with you will always battle. Progesterone helps the body to absorb the smaller ones back into the body, larger ones often require surgery sadly. You need to deal with the inflammation. Migraines/headaches are often caused by excess estrogen and seem to get worse around menstruation time.

You are not taking enough Vitamin D3, nothing less than 5,000iu's per day is needed, more if you are deficient. Stress destroys both progerterone and D3, in fact, stress destroys too many nutrients, more needs to be taken during stressful times. Are you taking and using enough Magnesium? Both oral and transdermal is needed. Are you taking vitamin K2 with NO soy? Another vital co-factor when taking D3. Please read pages mentioned below for more info.

The following heavy bleeding/continual bleeding protocol is also excellent for fibroids. It must be followed exactly as stated otherwise it will not work optimally.

* 400-500mg Natpro Progesterone Cream per day
* 2000mg N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) per day
* 2000mg Taurine per day
* 5000iu's Vitamin D per day
* 1000mg Bioflavanoids per day

Please read the following pages and the reference papers:

How to use Progesterone Cream

Estrogen Dominance




Vitamin D3





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