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Esther-Alabama
01-31-2011, 05:40 PM
And the lab says I am full blown menopausal. I figured as much. My TSH was 2.5 (anything under 3 is good, apparently). My blood sugar, vitamin levels, and cardiac numbers are all good.

My GYN wants me to take a med (Provera) to cause a period at least once every three months. She says one has a high risk of uterine cancer if you are without a period for a long time. She has also suggested hormone replacement therapy. I am not sure at all I want to do this. My symptoms are quite worrisome and I am NOT happy living with them. I know that short term use of HRT is not a horrible thing. I just don't know if I really them.

My questions are:

Won't taking the HRT just delay the natural progression of things?
Will I really have less symptoms?
What about bio identical? Is that really any better? Who do you trust for those?
How do I break thru this and lose weight?

Anyone BTDT?

Carol S
01-31-2011, 05:50 PM
I'm not menopausal (obviously) but I have done natural progesterone for a season. I was working with a GP who was an ER doc at Brookwood for years but has developed his own practice based around wellness. He prescribed through compounding pharmacies. Did you discuss bioidenticals at all with your doc? That would really be my preference if it were me, but you're right; it's hard to know whose advice is best.

Laura F
02-01-2011, 08:14 AM
Esther, how often would you take the Provera? I took it about 10 years ago when I was first trying to get pregnant and didn't ovulate regularly. If I remember correctly, I only took the Provera for 5-7 days to start my period. Would you need to take it longer?

Hollie in SC
02-01-2011, 08:31 AM
:group: Praying for you, friend.

Esther-Alabama
02-01-2011, 09:05 AM
She gave me this script when she thought I had hypothyroidism. That lab was on the high side of normal, but still within normal limits. It is written to take the Provera for 10days and then I'll have a period. She wants me to do this every 3 months.

But, then yesterday, her nurse calling with my test results says I have a script for Combipatch, a hormone replacement patch to use all the time. I am NOT sure if I am supposed to use both or to disregard the first one.

I spent some time reading and I am willing to try the patch thing. I am not as willing to just do the Provera.

My GYN told me from my history and symptoms, she is sure I was entering menopause when I became pregnant with Lizzy 3 years ago and she is a true change of life baby! BUT, completed menopause that young (I was 38 when I became pregnant with her) is premature and can cause some issues later on if not "treated" in some way.

My dh suggested I just try the patch. Perhaps it will help me feel more myself and that is all I really want. Anything else would be gravy!

LeanneNZ
02-01-2011, 09:24 AM
Welcome!

The first few times I came across Susun Weed - I was like no way!

So pop to site with an open mind - lots of her ideas are very good.

http://www.menopause-metamorphosis.com/

Just thought it might be worth a read for you - soo many options & information

Love Leanne

Esther-Alabama
02-02-2011, 11:35 AM
Here is my game plan:

I am trying Combipatch, a RX from the doctor. It is a patch you apply twice weekly, wear continuously and it delivers estrogen and progestin.

I am also trying melatonin for sleeping, acidophilus for yeast, a high grade multiple vitamin, and extra calcium and vitamin D... all as suggested by my doctor. I will let you know how this all works and if it helps me or not. I am thinking it will take months to feel better.

Oh, i am also exercising and drinking water, plus continuing to diet on weight watchers.

mariah m
02-08-2011, 07:39 AM
Esther,

For whatever it's worth, I've lost 30 lbs. over the past few months simply by giving up grain, sugar and potatoes. And you know I can't exercise at all. I think it has also helped balance my hormones.

Christy in NE
02-09-2011, 03:30 PM
And the lab says I am full blown menopausal. I figured as much. My TSH was 2.5 (anything under 3 is good, apparently). My blood sugar, vitamin levels, and cardiac numbers are all good.

My GYN wants me to take a med (Provera) to cause a period at least once every three months. She says one has a high risk of uterine cancer if you are without a period for a long time. She has also suggested hormone replacement therapy. I am not sure at all I want to do this. My symptoms are quite worrisome and I am NOT happy living with them. I know that short term use of HRT is not a horrible thing. I just don't know if I really them.

My questions are:

Won't taking the HRT just delay the natural progression of things?No.
Will I really have less symptoms?If replaced properly, yes.
What about bio identical? Is that really any better? Who do you trust for those?I want to shout, YES!! Waaay better, waay safer. I would only trust a dr that was referred to me by a Compounding Pharmacist-not Walgreens, though.
How do I break thru this and lose weight?Dr. Elizabeth Vliet has written several books that address menopause, and one in particular is aimed at weight loss throughout that time of change, and beyond.

Anyone BTDT?

Yes, twice. Once by Depo-Lupron, then my hysterectomy. It's waaay better to go the natural route as you are.;)

Very helpful website- www.womentowomen.com

I have done a ton of research on this for years, and I would never, ever go with your drs advice. What your doctor is giving you is synthetic, and definitely not the preferred way to replace hormones according to the "specialists." But, it's your body and this is a hard decision. I would just like to suggest that you do further research. (JMHO):group::group: