Foggy Thinking

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I started using the Vivelle Dot Patch, a transdermal, bioidentical estradiol, about two years ago.  You can read a couple of posts I did on it when I first started using it here  and here. 

I started using it because I had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  was experiencing debilitating joint and muscle pain, was lost in massive brain fog, and couldn’t remember my middle name most of the time due to short-term memory issues.  I knew from my research that estrogen could address these issues.

So I took the plunge.

On my last visit to my gynecologist (whom I love by the way), she told me that I had a cervical polyp, which she commenced to snipping off right then and there and shipped it off to the lab for biopsy.  She assured me that it was most likely benign as most all of them were, but she had to follow protocol to make sure.

I trusted her judgement and wasn’t too whipped up over it, but still did a little Google research when I got home and learned that polyps can grow with estrogen.  Since I had been using the patch for close to two years by then, I thought it might behoove me to back off the dosage.  So, I decided that I would not change the patch out as frequently and only use it essentially when I noticed symptoms – for me that would be brain fog, short-term memory issues, and even vaginal dryness.

I actually wrote about it all here if you would like to read that post as well.

It’s been several months since I made that decision, and approximately a month ago or so I began to experience issues with my sleep.  Since I take 200 mgs of Prometrium at night, along with 3 mgs of melatonin, provided I keep a regular sleep schedule, I haven’t really had issues with sleep.  However, I began to have problems with waking up at 2:00 a.m. almost on the dot, and couldn’t go back to sleep.

At first I thought it was a problem I was having with the Happy Calm Focused supplement I had been taking.  So, I backed off of that.  But the problem persisted.  I couldn’t figure out what was going on and concluded that since my jerk-off ex-husband was still harassing me on a regular basis, that perhaps I was reacting to stress.

However, a couple of weeks ago a light bulb came on over my head.  I realized that my inability to stay asleep might be connected to the fact that I was not using the Vivelle Dot Patch as often and that my estrogen levels might be too low to promote healthy sleep cycles.

That day, I popped another patch onto my hip and viola’ sleep returned.  I have changed it out more frequently than I had been (just slightly longer than the actual dosage recommendations) and I haven’t had any problems with falling asleep and staying asleep since.

There is a lot to be said for the importance of estrogen in promoting good sleep.  Of course, it must be balanced with progesterone, and good eating habits and moderate exercise are important as well.  But, as I get older – just turned 58 – and further into my post-menopause years, estrogen levels are going to continue to drop.  Therefore, I’m going to have to address it one way or the other.

For now, I’m back on the Vivelle Dot Patch and sleep is coming.  I might decide to go a different route, or maybe I won’t.  But, the point is, estrogen was a key issue in why I couldn’t sleep.  I’m convinced of that.

I will be writing some more posts on the connection between estrogen and sleep.

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Food as Medicine: Vitamin D & Magnesium for Chronic Pain & Fatigue in Perimenopause

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UPDATE: A reader left a comment pointing out that this article wasn’t entirely accurate.  She herself had undergone a procedure to have uterine polyps removed and informed me that hers were so deeply embedded in her uterus, that there was no possible way for a routine gynecological exam to discover them. She also noted there […]

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EstraCool™ Giveaway Winners Announced! Check Out the Video Below!

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The Vivelle Dot: My Opinion So Far

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I have been using the Vivelle Dot, a transdermal, bioidentical estradiol for approximately one week now, and the verdict is in: I’m feeling better. The first thing I noticed after a couple of days of use, was the lifting of the brain fog.  The dense weight of short-term memory issues has not completely dissipated, but […]

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Estrogen Replacement Therapy: Yes or No?

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Let’s face it.  The average women does not understand the role of estrogen during perimenopause.  But, when the average OB/GYN doesn’t seem to understand it very well either, is it any surprise then that women looking for help for their symptoms of perimenopause are clueless? It also doesn’t help that there is a big, wide […]

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You’re Not Crazy, Honey, It’s Perimenopause!

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Wait……What was I saying?

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Perimenopause: Yes, it’s Real and No, You’re Not Going Crazy!

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