Post menopause and hormone therapy

by Tanya

Hello all! I am 49 and 5 years post menopausal. I have tried several remedies (conventional hrt, vit/min supplements, herbs, and OTC progesterone creams such as progest and source naturals-nothing has worked. In addition, I only eat organic foods and drink filtered bottled water. I went to my GYN a few days ago and had my estrodiol and progesterone levels checked. My results: estrodiol is 5.3 and progesterone is .3. My Dr. confirmed that both are very low and consistant with menopause. She prescribed the lowest dose estrodiol patch (0.025) and 100 mg of prometrium. Should I use the estrodiol and what is your opionion of prometrium? What is the best way to use prometrium to bypass side effects? My symptoms are not severe like they were a few years ago, but I have definetly aged. I look much older than I should, I've gained 15 lbs and no matter what I do I can't lose the weight. I have osteopenia, osteroarthritis, and very close to rheumatoid arthritis. I don't have the enthusiasm about much of anything anymore and I tend to isolate myself. Friends and coworkers constantly tell me that I need to smile more too. Anyway, any suggestions you may have is much appreciated.

Thank you,

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Oct 07, 2016
Post menopause and hormone therapy
by: Joy

Hi Tanya

A missed period for 12 months puts one in Menopause, if you are still bleeding or spotting then you are in Peri-Menopause. Unless you supplement with the correct progesterone cream, then you are Estrogen Dominance. Now you have been given more estrogen to take, why, when there are well over 100 estrogen mimics in our Environment as it is, there is certainly no need to take extra in the form of a drug! All drug based HRTs have a potential to cause harm. If progesterone cream is not used correctly it will not work, which I suspect happened to you. If your Vitamin D3 level is low it reduces the benefits of progesterone. Do you know what your level is? Vitamin D3 is also vital for your bones. Your progesterone:estrogen (E2) ratio is 57:1 it should be around 600:1, please read the Hormone Testing page. To bypass any side effects when using progesterone you would need to use the correct progesterone with the correct concentration and you will need to use nothing less than 100-200mg per day every day, more maybe needed.

Progesterone and Vitamin D3 also helps those suffering from arthritis as they are excellent anti-inflammatories. The page on Inflammation may help you. You could also try introducing fermented veg into your diet as it is excellent for inflammation and gut issues.

Please read these pages and the references:

How to use Progesterone Cream
Estrogen Dominance
Progesterone Cream
Vitamin D3
Hormone Testing
Environmental Toxins

Oct 15, 2016
progesterone side effects
by: Tanya

I'd like to up my prometrium to 200 mgs per day but I'm afraid it will cause too much drowsiness. As of now I take 100 mg before bed and it does help with sleep;however, the next day I can feel a lot of swelling in my abdomen and breasts - like it has worn off and estrogen takes over, or is this a side effect of the prometrium? Like I said in my previous post, my Dr. does have me on an estrodiol patch (0.025) which I cut into fourths - Dr. said it was ok to do that. Aren't there any positives about using estrogen since my level is so low?

Nov 01, 2016
Progesterone side effects
by: Joy

Hi Tanya

If you read the Estrogen Dominance page carefully you will see that there are no positives when taking ANY kind of estrogen. Also you are not using progesterone correctly and prometrium is certainly not going to help you either, especially if it is oral as 96% gets destroyed by the gut and liver
I have suggested pages for you to read.

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