by Karen
(Brisbane, Australia)

A couple of months ago hormone tests revealed I was post menopause. I am 47 and was quite shocked. I had a hysterectomy at 35 with ovaries left intact. Always suffered shocking PMS symptoms including migraines and mood swings as well as depression. My doc prescribed me premia which I have been taking for about 3 months but do not see how they are benefitting me. My doc says I can only be on them for a year due to a fam history (aunt) of breast cancer. I had no symptoms of hot flushes or sweats. I have now come off the tabs as I felt my depression has become worse despite being on antidepressants. I am very interested to know if the cream will help.


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Jul 03, 2013
by: Wray

Hi Karen It does't surprise me the tests revealed post Menopause. Although they left your ovaries, these do begin to atrophy 3 to 4 years after a hyst. I'm puzzled why they did a hyst, did you have cancer? It seems the Premia is the Australian equivalent to Prempro, or a combo of Premarin and Provera, please see our HRT page. I'm not sure why they gave you that either. Pumping you full of synthetic hormones is hardly likely to make you a ball of fun! You live in Australia where they have a policy of covering up in the sun. Nothing could be more dangerous to our health than avoiding it, it's vital for vitamin D production. Your aunt probably has a very low level, as a lack of it makes one susceptible to over 20 different cancers. Please have a test done as it appears yours is low too. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the following websites, Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L, and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Both Progesterone and Vitamin D help prevent Migraines, mood swings, depression and Anxiety. This page has a list of nutrients which all help, please consider taking some. It's essential to make sure your vitamin D is high when using progesterone as a lack of it reduces it's benefits, see here, here and here. Depending on the severity of your symptoms you will need a minimum of 200mg/day, possibly 400mg/day progesterone. It's impossible to tell without trying it. There's more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. Take care Wray

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