HRT/BHRT is such a huge topic. I take progesterone and my doctor prescribed estrogen and testosterone about a year ago when I described new symptoms e.g. minor hot flashes and very dry skin. It seems that without looking at blood work, the doctor guessed what I needed. This was last September. Well, ever since, it seems my hair was slowly falling out - I didn't even notice it - until this summer, when I noticed my hair was falling out a lot. scary stuff. Anyway, I saw the dr again and my naturopath - both said - take the estrogen. in fact, take even more because you are hot flashing so it must be low estrogen. so I did. i increased the estrogen. then my hair was pouring out of my head. - to see three sinks full of hair each morning after showering - talk about stress. and, my hair never really recovered from previous hair fall incidents. I read a lot - a lot. and so this is what I did based on what I've come to understand from books.
I stopped the estrogen. the body can make it on its own in the right environment
I cut out all grains, sugars and I already don't do dairy (just a bit of goat cheese which I haven't fully removed) and now get all carbs from fruit and veg only
I stopped coffee completely
started seeing an acupuncturist
I started taking a twice daily thyroid supplement as my thyroid has always been low normal
started taking a liquid iron supplement daily (18 mg) as my iron has also always been at the very low end of normal
I started putting bach's rescue remedy in my water (10 drops) to calm me - works wonders and it's natural
added in a multivitamin
already take d3 - 5000 units/day
already take vitamin c - up to 2000 units/day
Within 7 days - hair fall reduced by at least 50% (as soon as I took the thyroid supplement this happened)
I no longer have the jitters from caffeine and I don't feel as stressed about the situation - caffeine stressed my body out
I am sleeping through the night - whoa - very deep sleeps and I feel refreshed in the morning. I don't think I've ever experienced this!
I've lost weight
I go to the bathroom now like its nobody's business
my skin is dewy and no longer dry or scaly looking
and I am trying to get in to see a mindfulness based women's health dr (you have to pay out of pocket) for a new take on my situation. still waiting for the call.
hot flashes are almost completely gone and what few I've had are not strong like before at all.
I know this: my low thyroid has always been overlooked. those supplements did wonders for me as low thyroid mimics a lot of hormone issues. getting grains out of my diet was liberating (tough for first week but then you don't notice). in fact, the cravings stop. and caffeine? loooove my coffee but not enough to keep having issues with hormones, hot flashes, stress, etc... I also know that the 80/20 rule for food does not apply to me. I think insulin resistance has been one my troubles all along - that, along with low thyroid and a quiet almost unnoticeable hum of stress running through the years.
I've only been at this for part of September but changes came quickly.
I have also been doing a lot of creative visualization exercises about my health which helps a lot too.
I hope this helps someone/anyone - as I've spent the last 3-4 years reading anything and everything to narrow down why menopause has been so challenging for me. I am trim, I am fit, I have an otherwise comfortable life, career, family, health is good etc... yet I've been challenged by this change in my life.....