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I don’t know if Hormone replacement is working or not

 

 

LOL, I don’t know why I added that little funny. It isn’t actually funny. I had a perverted Doctor before.  Anyway, I am using those “Dots” (estrogen patches) now and honestly they have been a bit confusing for me. When you are told to wear a patch for 3 days and a half, it gets hard to know what time of day to change it. It is probably just me, but I can’t get used to it lol. I don’t want to end up having too much or not enough estrogen in my system at once.

I think that my emotions have gotten under control fairly well. I still have the  agitation and fatigue somewhat. Oddly enough, I feel like though I am having  less hot flashes, when I do have one it is a lot worse that before and last longer.  I haven’t started the Progesterone yet. They called and changed my dose from 100 mgs for the first 7 days of the month to 200 mgs a day for 10 days. I am kind of anxious to see what that will do. One of the reasons I will be taking it is because all of this estrogen could cause my uterus to try to start making another lining again.

Over all I must say that the hormones have been a disappointment for me. I can not seem to lose weight no matter what I do or even hardly control my sweets intake. I crave chocolate unbelievably bad. I have had a problem with bingeing also. The weight is mostly all in my gut too. I exercise, but I feel like my legs weigh a ton and I can barely take my walk. By the end I am barely making it. I have never been like that before, even when I weighed more than I do now.

Everything is just weird right now. Ever since the month and a half of constant bleeding and then nothing, things have been strange. The ablation made it worse I think. I can’t keep a routine, wake up at my normal time, or think properly. Plus the sensitivity B.S. Just think, this could go on for several years. I hope things get better with the progesterone, or maybe with some tweaking of the replacement therapy.

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Weight gain during Perimenopause and Menopause

 

As you get older, you may notice that maintaining your usual weight becomes more difficult. In fact, the most profound weight gain in a woman’s life tends to happen during the years leading up to menopause (perimenopause). Weight gain after menopause isn’t inevitable, however. You can reverse course by paying attention to healthy-eating habits and leading an active lifestyle.

What causes menopause weight gain?

The hormonal changes of menopause may make you more likely to gain weight around your abdomen, rather than your hips and thighs. Hormonal changes alone don’t necessarily trigger weight gain after menopause, however. Instead, the weight gain is usually related to a variety of lifestyle and genetic factors.

For example, menopausal women tend to exercise less than other women, which can lead to weight gain. In addition, muscle mass naturally diminishes with age. If you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose, your body composition will shift to more fat and less muscle — which slows down the rate at which you burn calories. If you continue to eat as you always have, you’re likely to gain weight.

For many women, genetic factors play a role in weight gain after menopause. If your parents or other close relatives carry extra weight around the abdomen, you’re likely to do the same. Sometimes, factors such as children leaving — or returning — home, divorce, the death of a spouse or other life changes may contribute to weight gain after menopause. For others, a sense of contentment or simply letting go leads to weight gain.

 

Weight gain after menopause can have serious implications for your health. Excess weight increases the risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. In turn, these conditions increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Excess weight also increases the risk of various types of cancer, including colorectal cancer and breast cancer. In fact, some research suggests that gaining as little as 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) at age 50 or later could increase the risk of breast cancer by 30 percent.
There’s no magic formula for preventing — or reversing — weight gain after menopause. Simply stick to weight-control basics:

Move more. Aerobic activity can help you shed excess pounds or simply maintain a healthy weight. Strength training counts, too. As you gain muscle, your body burns calories more efficiently — which makes it easier to control your weight. As a general goal, include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine and do strength training exercises at least twice a week. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to increase your activity even more.
Eat less. To maintain your current weight — let alone lose excess pounds — you may need about 200 fewer calories a day during your 50s than you did during your 30s and 40s. To reduce calories without skimping on nutrition, pay attention to what you’re eating and drinking. Choose more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Opt for lean sources of protein. Don’t skip meals, which may lead you to overeat later.
Seek support. Surround yourself with friends and loved ones who’ll support your efforts to eat a healthy diet and increase your physical activity. Better yet, team up and make the lifestyle changes together.
The bottom line? Successful weight loss at any stage of life requires permanent changes in diet and exercise habits. Take a brisk walk every day. Try a yoga class. Trade cookies for fresh fruit. Share restaurant meals with a friend. Commit to the changes and enjoy a healthier you!

 
source;
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/menopause-weight-gain/HQ01076

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I am officially on Hormone therapy

I can’t wait until more people find my blog so others will be sharing their “Female Situations” too lol. I know I haven’t really tried enough yet.

Monday the 16th of July 2012, I went back to my gyn and we discussed in-depth about Hormone Therapy. I guess that is what it is called. She asked my problem symptoms, of which I told her; hot sweats, severe sensitivity, other emotional things, fatigue, headaches, lack of a restful sleep ect. So she just really gave me the Basics. I got the Estrogen patch instead of the pills. The patch is supposed to be a little safer. I have none of the risks and she said I was a perfect candidate lol.

She said I should tell the difference in just a little while. She also prescribed progesterone for just the first 7 days of each month. It keep the uterus from thinking that it is supposed to try to make a lining every month because it is confused by the Estrogen. So the progesterone stops that from happening. I have had the endometrial Ablation, so I sure didn’t want that to happen. But even if you give a woman Estrogen before she is completely passed menopause, Estrogen might try to prepare for a period.

I already feel better. But it will be a little while before I know for sure if it is the right compound. The progesterone has its benefits too, but putting them together is the most risky. That is why I won’t be taking it until September 1st.

I have also been looking into hormones that promote better eating habits  and help you as you exercise by working with your metabolism But I have only been looking and researching an hour or so this morning, so I know nothing for sure yet.

I am already feeling good and feeling hopeful that this will change my life. Just having the hope is making me more productive and making me start making plans for a better me. If you read this, pass it on. I am about to be posting on the changes that do come, both good and bad.

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Fatigue in Women

LOL, I thought this was cute! I have been experiencing some extreme fatigue, especially in the past moth. So, I researched it and lo and behold, it is part of menopause and other things too.

Adrenal Fatigue

Post Menopause Stress and adrenal fatigue go hand in hand. The adrenal glands, two triangle-shaped glands that sit over the kidneys, are responsible for regulating the body’s response to stress by controlling the hormones released during stress. When stress becomes chronic or is not well managed, the adrenal glands are unable to function optimally. Cortisol is the main adrenal hormone and it is used to manage stress. The highest amount of cortisol is secreted by the adrenals in the morning to get us going, with levels decreasing throughout the day. The adrenals secrete cortisol in response to low blood sugar, stress, exercise, and excitement.

The Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

  • Waking up in the mid-portion of the night
  • Unable to fall asleep
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
  • Midday Fatigue
  • Reduced tolerance for stress
  • Craving for sweets and salty foods
  • Allergies to things you were never allergic to before
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • A tendency to feel cold (many people and doctors think they have hypothyroidism).

The Solution

The stress caused by hormone imbalance, namely inperimenopause and menopause for women, is a huge contributor to adrenal fatigue. Bioidentical hormone therapy balances your hormones, including the hormones released during stress, with customized prescriptions that fit your body chemistry and what your body needs. This, combined with an individualized nutrition /supplement and fitness program, maintains normal hormone levels and can effectively eliminate the symptoms associated with menopause and perimenopause.

The dietary supplements offers to treat adrenal fatigue as part of the nutrition plan ensure that your body will have a healthy ratio of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. This healthy ratio works in concert with the bioidentical hormone therapy to provide some relief from adrenal fatigue symptoms and to help ensure that the condition and its symptoms do not return. The vitamins and minerals personalized by your bioidentical hormone doctor aid your adrenal glands in handling stress. This plan of hormonal balance and proper nutrition, serve to greatly reduce stress and adrenal fatigue.

source;

http://www.bodylogicmd.com/for-women/adrenal-fatigue

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Tips for dealing with menopause

15 Tips for Dealing with Menopause

Couples who deal with menopause have some different challenges to tackle than from any other point in their lives together. It challenges each person in the relationship on an individual level, and it also challenges them as partners. It can be both a physical and an emotional battle for both partners.

For women, it is difficult to get the male partner in the relationship to understand the changes she faces in her body.

It can be equally as difficult to get him to empathize with those changes. Communication is the key to dealing with menopause for both halves of the relationship.

Here are a few tips to help smooth the way:

Tip 1

Exercise is important for good health at any age, but is really important around the menopause. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day vacuuming and energetic housework counts towards your exercise time by the way!

The benefits of exercise will begin as soon as you start and it take a while notice improvement but one of the first things that will happen is that you will sleep better and also start to feel like you have more energy. Which makes us all happier!

Tip 2

Food can change your hormones and it is best to avoid massive changes in your diet around your menopause. Gradual and lasting changes however, can make the menopause easier to deal with and will improve your overall health.

A diet that is low in meat, cheese, eggs and high in nuts, seeds and oily fish can help reduce some of the symptoms of the menopause. Unsaturated fats ( the nuts and seeds ) have essential fatty acids which help the body adjust to new hormone levels. Women at the menopause should go for food with lots of calcium, vitamins E, D and B, and magnesium.

Tip 3

To deal with hot flushes you could have some roman chamomile with you and put some drops on your wrists if you feel one coming. You can also put some drops on a handkerchief to keep the scent with you should you need it.

Tip 4

To help relieve general aches and pains you can always try a message with a relaxing oil like lavender or roman chamomile. A massage also increases endorphins which is your very own natural pain-killer.

Tip 5

Keep a journal for its power to help you reflect in a positive manner on your life ahead and the life you have led. Keep it for the healing power it has by acting as a channel for your thoughts and feelings, but if you have daughters, keep it to hand down as a legacy of wise words from someone who knows what they will go through.

Tip 6

To be prepared for the hot flushes, make sure you dress in thin layers that can be easily removed and put on again as you need to let off steam. My mom gave me this tip one time and she described a meeting when her flush left her feeling as if steam was escaping from her neck as she sat there trapped in a thick cardigan.

Tip 7

Avoid fried food as they are full of trans fatty acids which are created when liquid oils solidify by partial hydrogenation, a process that stretches food shelf life and changes “safe” unsaturated fat into dangerous fat. Trans fats are concentrated in margarine, solid vegetable shortening, doughnuts, crackers, cookies, chips, cakes, pies, some breads and foods fried in hydrogenated fat (chicken, fish, potatoes). The best way to avoid the problem is to cook food in olive oil and never ever deep fry again.

Tip 8

Avoid spicy food and it could help reduce your hot flushes. A jalapeno pepper can make anyone come out in a hot flush so if you are going through the change then hot spicy food can bring on a proper hot flush. A way to counter the effects is to eat tofu or other soya based products.

Tip 9

This is not a tip but a benefit of menopause that I just have to mention: You may very well develop chocolate cravings! How great is that? You have the perfect excuse to indulge with your favourite dark chocolate as it has to contain more than 71% cocoa to have real benefit. Really dark chocolate that is low in sugar is a good source of magnesium and antioxidants which together with the cholesterol reducing unsaturated fat and phenol helps your heart.

The British medical journal found that 100 grams 9 around 3-4 oz ) of this dark chocolate reduced blood pressure and heart related problems with 21 per cent so there you have your daily ‘doze as well. (just make sure to exercise off the extra calories! )

Tip 10

Here is a tip for those of you that have issues with nausea. One very simple and inexpensive thing to do is to use ginger in your food or have a lemon and ginger infusion teas.

Tip 11

It’s a fact! Alcohol makes your hot flushes worse! If you remember back to your rebellious youth, waking up after a rough night out, you would experience waves of hot flushes and cold sweats as the alcohol left your body and you replenished your water with much-needed hydration and vitamins. Imagine what will happen if you have a few drinks when you are prone to those flushes already. Not nice!

Tip 12

Demand pampering! Change of any kind has a tendency to create stress ( yes really!) and a great way for us ladies to de-stress is to do something that is only for us. Create your own space and time and let your family know why you need to pamper yourself.

Tip 13

Add nuts & seeds to your diet for the nutritional benefits and oils that helps your body cope better with the changes that are going on. It also provides you with a rich source of amino acids which are claimed to be helpful in our ‘situation.

Tip 14

Reduce the amount of caffeine that you have in a day ideally none. The basic truth is that caffeinated tea and coffee is dehydrating. Ignoring the poisonous effects of caffeine, a dehydrated body is less capable of dealing with the things that might happen during menopause. It can make headaches worse for instance.

Tip 15

Eat more fish! Salmon, sardines, halibut, tuna, mackerel and herring are all great sources of essential fatty acids which can help your memory ( how great is that?!? ) and help if you are also having dry skin problems.

source:

http://www.fountia.com/15-tips-dealing-menopause

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Menopausal Psychosis

Estrogen in the Fight Against Schizophrenia
Science Daily (Jan. 20, 2010) — Many American women are prescribed estrogen to combat the negative effects of menopause, such as bone loss and mood swings. Now, new evidence from a Tel Aviv University study suggests that hormone replacement therapy might also protect them — and younger women — from schizophrenia as well.

Prof. Ina Weiner of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Psychology and her doctoral student Michal Arad have reported findings suggesting that restoring normal levels of estrogen may work as a protective agent in menopausal women vulnerable to schizophrenia. Their work, based on an animal model of menopausal psychosis, was recently reported in the journal Psychopharmacology.
“We’ve known for some time that when the level of estrogen is low, vulnerability to psychotic symptoms increases and anti-psychotic drugs are less likely to work. Now, our pre-clinical findings show why this might be happening,” says Prof. Weiner.
A hormonal treatment to address a behavioral condition
In their study, Weiner and Arad removed the ovaries of female rats to induce menopause-like low levels of estrogen and showed that this led to schizophrenia-like behavior. The researchers then tried to eliminate this abnormal behavior with an estrogen replacement treatment or with the antipsychotic drug haloperidol. Estrogen replacement therapy effectively alleviated schizophrenia-like behavior but haloperidol had no effect on its own. Haloperidol regained its effect in these rats when supplemented by estrogen.
“When the level of estrogen was low, we could see psychotic-like behavior in the animals. Moreover, the sensitivity to psychosis-inducing drugs went up, while the sensitivity to anti-psychotic drugs went down,” Prof. Weiner says. This is exactly what we observe in women with low estrogen levels,” she says. “But we also found that estrogen, all by itself, combats psychosis in both male and female rats.” Furthermore, in low amounts estrogen increases the effectiveness of anti-psychotic drugs.
Prof. Weiner points out that the medical community is hotly debating the pros and cons of estrogen replacement as an add-on to conventional treatment in schizophrenia. Detractors point to higher chances of cervical cancer and heart attacks in those who receive estrogen supplements. But according to her study, which looked at very specific factors possibly related to schizophrenia, estrogen replacement therapy could have positive behavioral effects, she concludes.
Assessing the possibility for prevention
During the course of a woman’s lifetime, estrogen levels do not remain constant. During her reproductive years, these levels are affected by the menstrual cycle. There are also dramatic changes in the levels of estrogen just after a woman gives birth — a change, which can trigger “post-partum blues,” and in extreme cases lead to clinical depression and psychosis.
As a preventative therapy, estrogen could be given to women at certain points in time when they are most at risk for schizophrenia, Prof. Weiner suggests: in their mid-twenties and later during the menopausal years.
“Antipsychotic drugs are less effective during low periods of estrogen in the body, after birth and in menopause,” says Prof. Weiner. “Our research links schizophrenia and its treatment to estrogen levels. Men seem less likely to begin schizophrenia after their 40s, which also suggests that estrogen is the culprit.”

source:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100120112212.htm

Last weekend my menopausal symptoms  went into overdrive. My mind became flooded with negative thoughts of the past. It got to the point where the thoughts were out of control and fast becoming delusions.  Before I knew it, I had typed a “post” that was full of anger toward  my children and hurts imagined or unimagined.  I don’t really remember what my reasoning was, nor do I remember much about what I wrote.  I made the post private and only accessible by password. Then I sent the password to my kids (grown 23 & 26). I was an emotional mess, sobbing and crying from my guts.

My daughter saw the link I sent her first. She was enraged and we went at it online.  More hurtful words were said. I got so worked up I was sick to my stomach. After I had reached exhaustion I realized what had happen. Words I can not take back.  We did make up and come to an understanding that we both made mistakes and we both forgive one another. She notified my son not to check the link. I of course deleted it anyway.

This had scared me. I have been having more and more symptoms of menopause all along. Now this? I think I need to go ahead and see the gyn asap. I definatly can not wait until September.