saliva test quandry
I am 54 years old and started having hot flashes in the spring of 2014. My DR started me on compounded progesterone cream and a tri-hest estrogen cream. The estrogen seemed to intensify the hot flashes while the cream did nothing to alleviate. I then requested an oral compounded progesterone and found relief with 200mg at night. Then last fall the hot flashes came back and was given a saliva test from zrt. This is where I am confused with what I am learning from your website. I'm also not understanding the reading of these test. It says my estradiol is .9 with the range being .5-1.7. My Dr said I was low in estrogen and started me on .5mg/gm(50/50). My progesterone level was 2323 which is very high with normal being 30-300(100-300mg). They remarked on how high the progesterone level was and dropped the oral progesterone from 200mg to 100mg. I finally stopped the progesterone and kept up the estrogen and the hot flashes aren't near so bad but I feel terrible and never sleep good. If I go back on the oral progesterone, which I know I need and should not take the estrogen unabated, I am extremely sleepy during the day. I am gaining wait like a son of a gun hate being on the estrogen. Please explain the zrt ratio to me about my test. To reiterate, you think I can cease the estrogen and up my progesterone and beat these stinking hot flashes and have my life back? I take 5,000 units of Vita d but see that I could use upping that as well. My level is 66 in that range. I have excitedly ordered 4 tubes of Natpro. Please respond.