The Benefits of Bioidentical Progesterone in Perimenopause

by Magnolia on August 20, 2012

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Today’s post is a sponsored post by Dr. Wade Huey, a Houston based physician for Body LogicMD.  Dr. Huey specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.  Please find his bio at the end of the post.

Perimenopause is the difficult time when hormones start to decline, but they are not quite low enough for a woman to be considered a candidate for hormone replacement therapy in traditional medicine.

Progesterone is one of the hormones that tend to drop off earlier in a woman’s life.  One of the most common symptoms I see with progesterone deficiency is insomnia, specifically waking up between the hours of 2 and 3 a.m.

Night sweats, mood swings, heavy, painful periods, anxiety, and weight gain are a few other symptoms which are common with progesterone deficiency.

Progesterone therapy can help perimenopausal women get a better night’s sleep, especially when the progesterone is administered orally.  Progesterone can also help calm the mood and help alleviate depression and anxiety.  Additionally, progesterone replacement can help balance estrogen production.

If you have too much estrogen  and not enough progesterone, this can lead to a condition known as estrogen dominance.  A common symptom of estrogen dominance in perimenopausal women is heavy and painful periods.

Progesterone replacement therapy can help regulate periods and make them less heavy and painful. The key is having a balance between the two.  Estrogen dominance also leads to weight gain. So by balancing progesterone levels, women can improve their metabolism and maintain a healthier weight.

Like menopause, the only way to know for sure if the symptoms you’re experiencing are related to perimenopause, is to have your hormone levels tested and evaluated by a hormones specialist. Based on your test results, your doctor can then create a customized treatment plan to help you regain hormonal balance and start feeling like yourself again.

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Dr. Wade Huey is a Houston based doctor for BodyLogicMD and specializes in bioidentical hormone therapy. Dr. Huey is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. He is also an active member of the Fellowship for Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health & Science Center in San Antonio, Texas in 1983. He completed his Family Practice Residency at North Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas in 1986. His practice is located at 1001 West Loop South, Suite 803 Houston, TX 77027 (713) 481-5732

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Beth September 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

TY TY!!! I found this article to VERY informative/ helpful! I use a topical progesterone cream starting day 14 after the onset of menses as directed by the manufacturer.

.I’ve only had hotflashes during a time when my cycle was two months long. Of course the i was sloppy wet and an AWAKE mess with the hot flashes that only happened while I was sleeping..is THAT normal?

Lately my pd is only been a week or two late, not hot flashes. BUT I FEEL TIRED ALL THE TIME. Im tired of feeling tired! Any suggestions? Thyroid issues have been ruled out as well as sleep apnea.

I suspect , as suggested in the article, I should have soe hormonal blood work done? At this point with mostly still having reular menses so is the labwork worth it?

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Magnolia September 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Hi again, BEth,

It’s hard to say if the blood work will be worth it. If it helps you to feel like you’re “doing” something, then perhaps it would be. I would actually suggest that you start reading and educating yourself. You will be a much better advocate for you than anyone else, that is for sure.

And yes, hot flashes while you’re asleep are quite normal. I used to drink soy milk for mine. It worked wonderfully for me. It does not work for everyone, and some people are downright militant about it. But, I say you need to figure out what works for you and do it.

You can also try Estroven Night Time which has soy in it as well. It worked pretty well for me too.

Magnolia

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Anne February 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Hi Beth, I had researched this so much, talked to different people. Yes I think having the hormone blood tests in the way to go. I am going next week. This will determine where you are out of balance and will be treated for the right imbalance. Once the Dr gets the tests back then she or he will treat you and revise you in 3 months approx. to get you right. I am finding out know that a lot of GP’s don’t know all about hormones. Even my DR says she wants to learn more profoundly about the subject. Thank God she has referred me to a Dr specialising in hormones who I will see next week. Good luck. I will let you know how I get on. I am 57 and so over it now.:0)

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Anne February 11, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Beth, agree with Magnolia about researching all about it. This a how I learnt a lot. I have battled with some Drs with different things. Good job I did as I would be on more meds for conditions that I have healed myself naturally. Dr’s play a big role and are needed, but they do not know everything and I have the utmost respect for a lot of them. Listen to your body and intuition. :0)

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Anne February 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm

I am bleeding heavily again. I had a merina out in Dec2013. For 7 weeks it gave me hell. still bleeding, sharp pains period pains, headaches depression fatigue. I also got anemic too. I had it taken out two weeks ago (As I am going to see a Dr next week who specialises in hormones and she will take a series of test that the Drs don’t do) This will determine where I am low or high etc and I will be treated accordingly.) After having the merina taken out I stared to have heavy bleeding. So took provera for 10 dyes. I was even worse . Acute pains in the lower left side of my groin, so much so I passed out. Depression worse and anxiety. I finshed the provera on Sat and had a mod bleed until yesterday and now I am bleeding heavy again. I am 57 have healthy organs which were tested when I had the merina put in. I had ordered natural progesterone cream , it arrived yesterday. Would this help slow down my flow until I get to the Hormones Dr next week. I feel so upset with it all. I do not want a hysterectomy unless this is the last option. I asked the gyno for an endometrial ablation. He is not sure it will work as I have a retroverted uterus. I would like some advice please. Many thanks from a lady who knows that the menapuse when in balance can be the best years of her life. I have read Dr Christiane Northrup’s book ‘The Wisdom of Menapause’ a great informative book. Hopefully this post can help others too. :0)

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Anne February 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Post should read I had a merina put in Dec 2013.

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