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Low Estrogen but higher awakes Endo-help? Low Estrogen but higher awakes Endo-help?

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Unread 09-19-2010, 08:52 AM
Low Estrogen but higher awakes Endo-help?

Hi!

Had hyster in 2006. In 2008 had ovaries removed.

Stage 3/4 endometriosis and adenomyosis.

Went for a year on bio-identical patches/gels, you name it and I didn't absorb any of them (my e level was less than 5).

Went to see a naturopath who specializes in hormones. she put me on bi-est, a compounded estrogen. On two separate occastions my level was in the 50's while on this so we know it works.

At times, though, when i get to the end of a bottle, it seems like it doesn't work as well and i get hot flashes every hour of the day.

I also use vagifem, which helps, though i've been slackin on that and might need to start the treatment over again (at first you take it for 2 weeks straight to awaken the vaginal receptors).

My struggles is that i'm tired, am all dried up and frustrated.

If i go up in estrogen, i get pain from the endo that is left behind. When my estrogen is lower i don't have any pain but i have all these other side effects.

Are there other hormones that might be helpful?

Thanks!
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Unread 09-19-2010, 02:39 PM
Re: Low Estrogen but higher awakes Endo-help?

Yes! Progesterone. If you take progesterone then you will be able to take more estrogen and likely not have the endo pain. Been there, done that! :O) I take Prometrium 200 mg nightly in addition to my estrogen. I need a lot of estrogen to feel right so I had to add that progesterone or the endo pain comes back. Hugs!
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Unread 09-19-2010, 08:53 PM
Re: Low Estrogen but higher awakes Endo-help?

Thanks!

What form of Progesterone do you take? Pill? vaginally? orally? do you get any side effects from it? progesterone used to make me feel really bloated but that was before the hysterectomy.
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Unread 09-19-2010, 09:22 PM
Re: Low Estrogen but higher awakes Endo-help?

I take Prometrium which is an oral pill. It is bioidentical. The only side effect that I get is I start to get a bit of mucous in my throat and sinus cavity when it builds up in my system. When that happens, I just skip a night. :O) The thing about progesterone is that you need to have the right ratio of estrogen to progesterone. If you take too much progesterone and not enough estrogen, then you may get symptoms that are not fun. It is important to listen to your body. I would suggest getting progesterone cream so you can slowly add progesterone as you up your estrogen. Watch for symptoms and adjust as needed. :O)
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Unread 09-19-2010, 09:55 PM
Re: Low Estrogen but higher awakes Endo-help?

Thanks again!!

I have a lot of issues with absorption and metabolising meds so the cream might work. I will do some research on what kind and where to purchase.

I love my estrogen (sublingual drops) b/c i take it twice a day and when i feel the tender breasts and bloating, i just skip a dose.....i haven't taken any progesterone since my ovary removal 2 years ago. Doing pretty well considering

thanks again!!
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