I had a hysterectomy at the age of 41 so I was thrown into HRT at an early age. I was on estrogen pills, patches, shots, etc until I was 60 yrs old when one family doc told me I should take HRT anymore and that I will probably eventually wean off of the hot flashes, etc. Didn't happen!
Here 5 yrs later, I have mood swings, hot flashes and my hormone blood test are showing low vitamin D and I am miserable! I went to an MD who also specializes in Holistic med. He has perscribed which I haven't filled the perscription yet, Estradiol, Progesterine and Testosterine(forgive the spelling) all in a combined cream to apply to my skin at 1/2 ml per day. There are so many pros and cons to taking HRT and since I don't have a family or personal history of cancer, has anyone else been through this? Are there safe alternatives out there or should I just go for it? Thanks for your input.
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Seattle, Wa Usa
02/10/2011Posted by Gean (Salina, KS) on 02/19/2009
Hello, I have a couple of friends who have had hysterectomies, and I am wondering if anyone knows the best natural approach to hormone replacement. Thank you very much.Posted by Jonna (Los Angeles, CA)
[YEA] I think it would be great if women report in more about their hormonal fluctuations. To be exact, the ways they feel during parts of their cycle and what remedies they take... I think this would be very useful information to have from women of all different ages.
I am in my early 40s and have been paying attention to my hormonal ebbs and flows for a number of months now. I realized that my estrogen levels spike the day before I get my period, then again at the tail end of my period, days 5 and 6 of my period. I feel super-charged physically, ready to take on the world. I think I actually look younger too for those 2 days (ha ha - so much for the ongoing fountain of youth!). My husband also notices a difference and loves those high estrogen days, if you know what I mean... But the interesting thing is that while my body is "on", my emotions are "off" during this same time.. I feel anxious about stupid things... Then a day later things even out again and that super-charged feeling starts to disipate but I am super calm emotionally. I think supplements and remedies should be adjusted during these cycles. For me, I start upping my omega 3s about a week before my period begins (see my flax seed oil post). When my period hits, I take dissolvable magnesium. When I feel my estrogen start to spike, I supplement with natural Vitamin E. Then for 2 weeks I take a few supplements here and there and apple cider vinegar from time to time.
Does anyone know exactly what is happening to your brain chemistry during a woman's 28 day cycle? If so, have you tried experimenting with remedies? Thanks for your insight.Posted by Deirdre (Earth Clinic) on 07/02/2009
Great article on week-by-week hormonal fluctuations in Marie Claire magazine (May, 2009) entitled "Your Life in Hormones - What the hell is going on with your hormones--and how can you harness them for happiness, health, fertility, brainpower, and energy?" by Gabrielle Lichterman.
http://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/advice/tips/female-hormones-cyclePosted by Clorimer (San Diego, California) on 10/01/2013
Happy Monday! I'm hoping Earth Clinic readers can share their experiences with prolactinemia. I've recently been diagnosed with a high prolactin level of around 80. I got an MRI, which shows no sign of mass growth on my pituitary gland (there was what they called a "shadow" on the right side of the gland which could either be atypical or the start of something, too soon to tell). Now, I'm caught in this pre-Obamacare black hole where I don't qualify for low-income health care but don't make enough to buy a monthly plan (nobody will accept new customers until Jan. 1 anyway) and am looking for the most natural and affordable solutions possible.
I'm seeing the endocrinologist this week, but I'm really wary that s/he will want to take more tests and put me on a medication. I'd much prefer a natural remedy. I'm certain that sleep and stress are related, so I've been trying to regulate lifestyle changes, as well as exercise more. I have an IUD (paragard, non-hormonal), and I'm wondering if that is in any way related?
I haven't menstrated since January (it's almost October now), so I'm really concerned. I've never been regular, but this is extreme.
Other posts have mentioned Pituitrophin PMG, Chasteberry, among other remedies. I've read articles that have also suggested going on the pill, as it's a natural regulator, but I'm wary of this too.
I really appreciate feedback, especially longitudinal experiences that are tried and true.Replied by Nanowriter