I mentioned before that I have premature ovarian failure. It's being managed - or so I thought. Back when I was diagnosed in 2011, the treatment they prescribed was birth control - a dose of estrogen and progesterone. As a result, I stopped having night sweats, hot flashes, etc. Life normalized. I began dealing with the fact that I wouldn't be able to have another child naturally; on my own.
Fast forward to 2015. I have been taking the pills without a break all throughout this time, and I was starting to wonder if I should be taking a break. (Was it healthy to just keep taking them)? I was also interested as to what my hormones levels were presently. It was more of an interest though, and it was only after some gentle prodding by my acupuncturist that made me decide to look into it further. So I got some blood tests done at MetaHealth here in Calgary, and the results were a wee bit surprising. It seems as though my estrogen levels are fine (at the post-menopausal level, thanks likely to the birth control) but my progesterone levels were in the basement. They were barely registering.
Some of the things I am hoping progesterone cream will help with:
- general menopause symptoms (without going into too much detail)
- reduction of anxiety
- restoration energy levels
- stimulation of bone growth (helping ward off osteoporosis which is common for my diagnosis)
- fibrocystic breasts (already had my first mammogram at 35)