Surgical Menopause No Ovaries or Uterus Stubborn Weight/Dosing Question
I'm grateful to have found this site. I'm 43 and had a hysterectomy, both ovaries, and cervix removed September of 2015. I also have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Yay!!
Of course, the first thing they did was try to force feed estradiol. I tried and quit within a month. I guess I was taking around 100mg of compounded progesterone for almost a year. I did a testosterone pellet only that lasted close to 6 months. My estradiol levels were high even though I didn't take any because apparently my adrenals are the only things in my body that work - and work well. The conversion to estradiol was a huge issue. I gained about 30 pounds and needless to say I'm miserable. I didn't have much trouble with hot flashes until about 2 months ago. I tried to tolerate it but it affected my sleep so terribly. I bit the bullet and went back on a compounded combination of estradiol/testosterone/progesterone. I went back to the gym early February of this year and have been busting my butt for almost 2 hours per visit 5 days a week. I gave up wine. I eat way to much broccoli and I'm miserable. There's a bunch of muscle under this fat suit I can't shed.
Last week I decided to ditch the estradiol AGAIN because with all my work I've only lost 1 pound in one month. Frustrated doesn't even begin. I upped my compounded progesterone up to 200 mg last Sunday. I started having problems with sleep and hotflashes. A friend recommended Estroven which I took for about 6 days before I realized the black cohosh is a huge phytoestrogen. Duh. I can't believe that slipped through.
I gave up on doctors. I realize I've put my body through a bunch of adjustments in the past couple of weeks and I really want to settle into a routine and bust through this. I'm getting very depressed and my confidence is gone.
So now here I am. I ordered Dr Lee's version of the cream because Natpro is out. It's 20mg per 1/4 teaspoon. So with everything I can gather (though I haven't found many ladies with the same issues without any ovaries or uterus) I need a lot. Am I right in guessing 400 mg? Translating into 20- 1/4 teaspoons per day? It seems all I will do is put cream on. Any suggestions? How much of this is going to convert to estradiol? Do I need to take DIM or something else? I am at my wit's end.