struggling to sleep. hysterectomy

by Evie


I've just started taking progesterone cream 20mg twice daily and magnesuim glycinate tablets 200mg twice daily and I'm still struggling to sleep, so i've also started taking vitamin D3 and vitamin B12.

I'm 49 years old and had a hysterectomy about 10 years ago but kept my ovaries, please could you tell me if I'm doing the right thing?

Thankyou xxx

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Mar 21, 2017
by: Sharon H

Hi there, I fully understand what you are going through. I am beginning menopause and I have started to experience the most severe insomina I ever had in my life. Sleep was NEVER an issue with me. However, I'm on the troche of progesterone 100 mg, and twice a day and no sleep. I usually get 2/4 hours a night now and that is interrupted sleep at that. So progesterone for me is not the answer, if you take too much it turns off your progesterone receptors. You would not know that unless you experience with it. Sounds unstable, especially if you tell your Doctor they look at you like "WHAT". So here is what I would suggest, since you have your ovaries, I would get my Estradiol and Estriol check. These two have a major impact on the serotonin in the brain cells. Some women are sensitive to this and they do need some estrogen since it is waning up and which will totally throw you off. Now, not everyone needs it. Some women adjust with it with no problem. Look at your minerals too, every cell needs the right amount of minerals daily. Look into Sole on the internet using Himalayan Pink Salt Therapy. I'm just starting with this. Does make a little difference providing you don't kidney issues or High Blood Pressure. But get your Estrogen checked, I'm using Bio identical hormones at a very low dose, and address your adrenals to, this takes time but does work with menopausal issues. Look into MACA root many women says that, it helps with sleep hot flashes, it is an adaptagen herb. Works with low or high imbalances on hormones. I just bought some last night and I'm going to try it.

Best wishes hang in there.

Mar 21, 2017
Struggling to sleep hysterectomy
by: Joy

Hi Evie

I am sorry but you will not get very far with 20mg progesterone per day. All successful studies show that between 100-200mg of a good quality progesterone cream is required, more if symptoms are severe. 20mg is just enough to stir up your estrogen receptors and cause terrible side effects. I do not believe that 200mg of Glycinate is enough either. There are many different forms of magnesium, you need to use and take more, both orally and transdermally. What exactly is your Vitamin D3 level? A deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone, but you also need other co-factors.

You are in Menopause and the correct amount of progesterone is needed otherwise you will be wasting your time and money.

Please read these pages and the references given:

How to use Progesterone Cream
Estrogen Dominance
Vitamin D3

Mar 24, 2017
by: Anonymous

Hi Sharon, Thankyou so much for all your advice, I will look into it all, I forgot to say I'm also on HRT premarin 0.625mg, I'v been to an herbalist and my adrenal glands and adrenlin levels were imbalanced, and also my magnesium and B12 are low. There's so much to take in, but it will be worth it to get a good night's sleep, I think I'm getting about an hour on a good night. Thankyou again for you help.

Love Evie x

Mar 24, 2017
by: Anonymous

Dear Joy,

Thankyou very much for your reply,I will up my dose of progresterone cream, I'v changed to Drs Best 100% chelated magnesium and I'v upper my dose to 600mg per day I'v also started on a vitamin D3 spray of 1000 I.U and a vitamin B12. I hope I'm doing the right thing, it's so hard to get the right amounts.

Thankyou again
Love Evie x

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