Sunday, June 14, 2009

My life on hormones

I suffered a very traumatic event two years ago. I lost a baby after carrying him for 4 months. Losing him was the hardest thing I have ever dealt with. I only made it out because God carried me through it. I wanted answers and I wanted them NOW. I don't know why it happened but I do know that God did not do this to me. This was the work of the enemy, Satan. My recognition of this fact helped me heal because I was able to run to God instead of being angry with him. Yes, it is still painful, but I am able to help others going through this. Helping them helps me take a huge step in my healing process.

If you are reading this and are trying to heal from a miscarriage, please dear friend know that God understand what you are going through even if no one else does. Run to Him!

Soon after losing the baby, I had my hormones tested via saliva testing and found that my progesterone was dangerously low. (In retrospect, I should have waited a few months after losing the baby before doing the first test to get a true level. Later tests confirmed my low progesterone levels) I started my quest to balance my hormones.

I initially saw a natropath who put me on a regime of vitamins and supplements. They really helped me with my energy levels and did raise the hormones, but not to the levels they needed to be. I then started with bio-identical hormones. I was thankful to find a doctor in the Houston area that didn't charge an arm and a leg to help me. I continued to do saliva testing from time to time to check my levels. Recently I have added bio-identical estrogen to my progesterone supplementation.

We started out at very low levels in order not to fry my hormone receptors. At the time, it seemed agonizing to slowly crawl up the dosage amounts, but I realized that it was better for my body this way. We started with low dosage progesterone pills and worked our way up to a cream. I briefly used some suppositories, but they were really messy so I went back to the cream and have had good success with it. I am currently on an estrogen pill but will soon have the compounding pharmacy mix the estrogen and progesterone into the cream for easier dosing.

I feel great, my skin is radiant and clear, I wake up rested, I have energy and my moods are even. Before the bio-identicals, there were times I literally felt like I wanted to punch a wall I felt so angry at times. Part of this was the elevated testosterone levels which have since come down to normal levels.

I highly recommend bio-identicals to anyone experienced a fluctuation in their levels. I also really liked the book by Suzanne Somers "Ageless" While I initially wasn't interested in a book by "Chrissy" from "Three's Company" I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book was actually a series of interviews with different doctor's and patients. It armed me with information so that I could make an informed decision of my own.

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