I don't know if it' OK to discuss other things than thyroid disease and treatment here but, since all hormone imbalances are related, I hope it's at least all right to ask the question (hoping that, if it's not OK to discuss it here, at least those who have some answers would be willing to PM me):
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about peri- and menopause and the symptoms linked to each condition. For the past four or five months, I've had terrible symptoms such as hot flashes, profuse sweating (both day and night), and poor sleep quality, leaving me exhausted every morning. I think the sweating is even worse at night and, some mornings, I wake up finding the whole bed drenched in sweat.
I have been on both estrogen (cream) and progesterone (Utrogestan) for the past five years; the first I use day 5-25 of cycle, the second day 15-25.
I have felt OK all along; no more and no less.
However, given my severe symptoms lately (and I'd do anything not to sweat profusely at work, suddenly feeling sweat pouring down my spine and dripping into my eyes...), I have been wondering why I am displaying symptoms for which both estrogen and progesterone are normally prescribed...
What I have learned, by visiting webpages of US hormone doctors, is that peri-menopausal women are progesterone deficient, without exception, which also means estrogen dominant. They should NOT use any kind of estrogen, only bio-identical progesterone. And that you can be E dominant and still have low E levels; the important thing is how low your P levels are in relation to your E levels.
I have not used either P or E for the past two days since it's now 27 of what is nowadays my pretty irregular cycle...in that time alone, I've lost more than 2 kilograms. I have also been peeing like crazy these past two days. This tells me that I am retaining fluid (another symptom of E dominance).
My doctor is a so called hormone expert trained by Thierry Hertoghe and, back when I was put on both E and P, I did not know anything about hormone replacement (except thyroid hormone replacement, which is the reason I went to see a H doctor in the first place, when T4 only drugs turned out not to work optimally for me). Now, however, after having read about how peri-menopausal women (and you are peri-menopausal until it's been 12 months since your last period, and I had a period last month) should never use E, only P, I am beginning to wonder if it was a terrible mistake to use estrogen for the past five years, even if I used Utrogestan along with it...all this time, I have been fighting fluid retention, puffiness, especially around the eyes, difficulty losing weight...and maybe it's all been caused - or at least made worse - by using Estrogel when I was in fact estrogen dominant, rather than deficient, all along...?
It seems E levels will drop approximately 60% after menopause (and I'm not even there yet), whereas P will stop being produced altogether, plus E can also be made from fat tissue, so you never seem to run out of E completely...only P.
I'd really appreciate any input on this from others having used both E and P.
It's so easy to think that just because your doctor prescribes bio-identical E and P everything is fine, but I doubt that is the case...because, if you don't need a hormone, you don't need it, period, whether it's bio-identical or synthetic.
I got the impression, when my doctor put me on E and P five years ago, that it was because I had been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, meaning my adrenal glands were unable to produce enough quantities of any hormone. And, for the past five years, I cannot say I've been feeling bad; although, looking back, probably not as great as I could have. But, since the beginning of the year, the hot flashes and profuse sweating have been really bad, and Estrogel does not seem to help at all...quite the contrary. Which is why I wonder if it's time to go off it completely, and use progesterone alone...?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.