Serious Hormone Balancing Issues

by Laura


I am 40 years old next month and dealing with what seems to be a never-ending string of issues. I am desperate to find relief. My tubes were tied after my twins were born 7 years ago, therefore I have not been using any hormonal birth control. About a year ago my periods became extremely long and heavy. I couldn't sleep at all and was exhausted. I kept complaining but no physician really did anything. In December I hit a crisis with severe weakness and headaches (I have never had them), shakiness, night sweats, dizziness etc. They discovered I was severely anemic and had low vitamin D level of 18. They also discovered my cortisol wasn't a curve at all; it was low and flat all day. They blamed this on the fact we have 5 kids and stress. They immediately told me it was my periods and placed me on a birth control pill. They also infused me with Iron. I initially improved for a period of 2 months then the problems came back with a vengeance. They kept telling me to ride it out but in late May of this year I finally stopped the birth control pill. While the severe headaches subsided, other issues remain.

My period is still heavy and has become erratic. I feel almost like I am floating. Insomnia severe, anxiety and general achiness is out of control. Every day is a battle. I read about progesterone cream and began in June with the typical dose of 20MG twice daily. There was minimal improvement. Early this month I upped to 100MG a day but I still don't feel well at all. In fact I am sweating during the day now excessively as well. I am at my wits end. I am worried there may be dermal fatigue and whether I should be using it vaginally or what to do.

Any thoughts are appreciated.


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Sep 01, 2018
Hormone balancing
by: Anonymous

I’m only thirty but have had the exact same symptoms after I had my daughter. That was five years ago. I am still dealing with issues related to estrogen. In my experience it isn’t always as easy as slapping on a little bit of progesterone. I have to take around 2000 mg of calcium d glucarate, along with 300 mg of progesterone cream just to keep my estrogen in check. Get your estrogen and progesterone checked through blood work at least every 6 months.

I also had extreme insomnia, and still deal with that a couple days a month. Find a naturalpathic doctor that will prescribe you progesterone pills. I take a 200mg progesterone pill, and melatonin every night. The first night I took the progesterone pill, my brain was actually able to shut off and let me sleep. So if you get discouraged that the progesterone isn’t working, try and stick with it and get your blood work checked. Read this site over and over. Read the links to actual medical studies.

I will say I am feeling 75 percent normal since starting progesterone two years ago. It has been a very bumpy ride, but it is the only thing that has consistently helped me. It just takes time. I would also suggest finding a doc that will give you b12 injections. I was also very deficient in that, and it has helped a great deal. Just work on getting your vit d up, your iron up, and your estrogen down.

Sep 01, 2018
Control bleeding
by: Anonymous

I hope someone replies with help for progesterone soon but in the meantime, please look into acupuncture to stop the bleeding and control it. It helped stop my acute bleeding.

Sep 03, 2018
Serious Hormone Balancing Issues
by: Joy

Hi Laura

You are in Peri-Menopause. Many women suffer from heavy/continual bleeding during this time. I am pleased that you stopped birth control as all drug based Contraceptives have a potential to cause harm and they add to Estrogen Dominance symptoms.

The following protocol has helped many women suffering from heavy/continual bleeding, you might like to try it.

Natpro, a 3% cream - 400mg to 500mg per day.
N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) - 2000mg per day.
Taurine - 2000mg per day.
Vitamin D3 - 5000iu's per day more if vitamin D3 level is low. Co-factors are vital when taking vitamin D3.
Bioflavanoids - 1000mg per day

Usually 100-200mg progesterone is needed, more if symptoms are severe. Please read How to use Progesterone Cream.

Hot Flashes often require 400-500mg for about 4-6 days or until they clear. The amount of cream can then be reduced. The Anxiety page may also help you.

The cream should be used no less than twice a day, half in the morning and the other at night. It is excellent when inserted in the vagina at night as it helps with dryness.

Your vitamin D3 level is very low. Vitamin D3 is very important as a deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone, optimal range is between 70-100ng/mL. Nothing less than 5,000iu's is needed daily. Co-factors are needed when taking D3, magnesium and vitamin K2 with no soy are the important ones.

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