Using a LOT of Pro cream worries about Pro-Estrogen ratio now
I'm 53, had partial hysterectomy 10 years ago, began to have hot flushes in night roughly 2 years later. Kept them in check with Black Cohosh, but that stopped working all together after 18 months of use. Then all heck broke loose! Massive hot flashes began day and night, was so awful. I saw ND who me I love, she gave me a Pro/Estro cream...now I know it caused massive Oestro dominance and I blew up like a puffer fish. I stopped using the cream and worked so hard to lose for almost an entire year to lose that darn weight before trying Wray's cream, which helped but didn't stop the now-back- with-a-vengeance flashes! I was using so much of Wray's cream I decided to have my ND order me a progesterone only cream, and over the last 18-20 months I've been using more and more until I've finally got flushes under control, excluding one nightly at 2 AM. So weird, right?!
My husband went to a hormone specialist since he's 58 and feeling like he needed to get figured out, he like his new ND so I decided to have a check in my levels with him as well. My blood work, and I fasted prior to labs being drawn, show me with 16.9 Pro and 16.2 Estro, he said Testosterone is in OK range but it wasn't broken down like he prefers so that will be checked again. His eyes popped out of his head at my 1:1 ratio and that both P and E numbers are so high. I think he wants the P to be 5-9 times higher than the E... but he wants me to drastically reduce my Progesteone and he's ADDING in some Estrogen, and that just doesn't make sense to me... I'm obviously making E just fine, at least by the numbers, why add it in? I'm scared to death that I'm going to go into Oestro dominance again, and that was a nightmare!
I know the ratio or the balance is really messed up. Any suggestions regarding how to reduce both my Pro and Estro levels without throwing me into Oestro hell? I started to reduce my Progesteone cream by 2 clicks AM and PM but on day 3 my night was rotton and I was hot non- stop, not on fire just too warm, which is new. Obviously need to titrate down even more slowly.
Any suggestions or insight into my wacky ratio is MUCH appreciated!
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