Surgical Menopause at age 29, wish I would never have done.

by Christi
(Abilene, Texas)

At age 29 my doctor recommended I have a hysterectomy because he found a mass on my ovary. Well he removed my uterus, fallopian tubes, and one ovary and left the other one. This was in 2001. I slowly started to gain weight and then in 2006 I really started packing on the pounds. I have had depression, anxiety, joint pain, lack of libido, vaginal dryness, and the list goes on and on and on. I've been to the doctor for each one of these complaints but never did anyone do any tests on me for anything. THey just gave meds to help with my symptoms. Finally last month I saw a Nurse Practioner that tested my hormone levels and I have learned that I am vitamin d deficient and I am producing absolutely no progesterone. I have estrogen on board and my testosterone is ok but progesterone is undetectable. I started on vitamin d supplements last week and this week she called in progesterone cream for me. I cannot wait to see what the outcome will be after I get my vitamin d and progeterone levels in check. Maybe I will feel human again!!!

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Mar 06, 2013
Breast enlargement
by: Christi

Oh and I have a question. Does estrogen dominance/progesterone deficiency cause ur breasts to enlarge? Mine have enlarged so much since my hysterectomy. And it's not a good enlargement. They r heavy clothes don't fit right causing back and neck pain from the heaviness of them.

Mar 06, 2013
Surgical Menopause at age 29, wish I would never have done
by: WRAY

Hi Christi I'm delighted you've found someone who not only tests for progesterone, but vitamin D too. The two work synergistically, a lack of vitamin D reducing the benefits of progesterone, see here, here and here. Many women have found getting their D levels up high, it's helped with symptoms which persist even on high amounts of progesterone, see here and here, scroll to Having a Hard Time or Information on Hidden Copper Toxicity. I do hope she's advised enough progesterone, I've found 100-200mg/day is the minimum to use, more if symptoms are severe. Otherwise Oestrogen Dominance can occur. And a minimum of 5000iu vitamin D, but if levels are low at least 10,000iu should be taken, see here. Oestrogen does increase breast size, we have two pages on breasts, Breast Tenderness and Breast Cysts. We have two other pages you could look through, How to use progesterone cream and Menopause. Take care Wray

Mar 08, 2013
Vitamin D
by: Christi

My vitamin D level was at 24 and she told me to take 5000iu a day but i'm taking 10,000iu a day. Been doing this for about 2 weeks already. My Progesterone level was <0.5, estradiol 193, and testosterone 22. She prescribed me 50mg of bio identical progeterone cream to apply once a day but I have been applying it twice a day for the last 4 days. I told her and she said that was fine for me to play with it cause I was kind of her gineau pig lol which I don't mind I would rather dose according to how I feel rather than what someone thinks I should take. I have noticed I have been retaining fluid this week which is probably the estrogen dominance so I was thinking about bumping it up to 150mg a day. I don't fault my NP for letting me be her gineau pig as apparently she is still learning herself. I am a nurse myself, and have been researching everything anyway probably way more than what she has time to research. Anyway I thank you for your time in replying to my posts.


Mar 12, 2013
Vitamin D
by: Wray

Hi Christi I'm pleased you're taking the 10,000iu vitamin D as 5000iu won't raise it quickly enough. One woman was doing this for several months, and it only went from 42ng/ml to 49ng/ml. 5000iu is a good maintenance dose once the level is up. Your ratio is very low, 3:1, mine was 5:1 and I was a basket case! So I know how you must be feeling. We've learnt from Saliva Tests we run that it's best if the ratio is over 600:1. I was a guinea pig for the doctor I went to about my odd symptoms. He'd never prescribed progesterone before. We all have to learn at some point about it's potential use. I feel the 150mg/day would be a better amount, particularly if you're retaining water. Progesterone is an excellent diuretic, given via IV transfusion to Traumatic Brain Injury victims to prevent oedema forming. Take care Wray

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