No, I’m not crazy, although I thought I was, and neither are you!
From my previous post, I am sure you figured out that I am Peri-menopausal. Wait, you say I am too young? Oh well, I thought the same thing! Menopause is for women over fifty! HA!
Perimenopause for some like myself sneaks up on you when you least expect it. You don’t get ambushed all at once, at least I didn’t. It started out for me with these emotional outbreaks here and there. Then the mood swings would occur, but nothing that threw a red flag in my face. Fatigue was chalked up to running like a gazelle and working out like crazy every day. After the birth of my third baby at forty-one years old, I was then what I call being AMBUSHED by my own body! Hot flashes, Moody bitch MOST of the time, irregular periods, insomnia like no other confused feelings about many different things and slight depression.
The one thing I always knew was that I would NOT allow any doctor to put me on birth control pills, anti-depressants, synthetic hormones. This Fit Green Peri-Menopausal Mama did her homework, that’s for sure!
I finally found a place where I was able to sit with a team of doctors who listened with compassion and discussed WITH me an approach to treat my health issues. The People I trust are over at Maze Wome’s Health in Harrison, NY. Melissa Ferrara is a national board-certified family nurse practitioner. She specializes as a female sexual dysfunction clinician.
My first appointment was on February 1st. I dropped Sasha to school and headed right over there. I Filled out a few pages of psycho-sexual history and medical history. Some questions made me blush. Lots of matters relating to sex and marriage, that I never thought about until I read and answered them. Honestly, I answered all of the questions.
Before I met with Melissa, Helen Leff who is a sexuality counselor met with me. She went over all of my answers. I never felt more comfortable talking about such personal topics. Helen took many pages of notes, and I liked talking with her. After
Meeting Melissa the first day, I loved that she was so calm and laid back and so holistic in her approach. She listened to me and made me feel understood and not like some crazy “underweight” nut bag! Before she could say whether or not I was perimenopausal, we had to do blood work. She wanted to check my estrogen // progesterone // DHEA // Testosterone levels. In the meantime, she did a pelvic exam.
I explained to both Helen and Melissa that my hot flashes are unbearable and that between my mood swings and lack of desire for sex are going to cause my husband to want to trade me in for a new model. Melissa suggested Estrogen and Progesterones until my blood work comes back. She explained that this is an efficient way to relieve symptoms of perimenopause and that it can reduce the severity of hot flashes, and the risk of osteoporosis.
***Progesterone and estrogen are essential hormones in a woman’s reproductive system.
Estrogen stimulates the release of eggs, and progesterone prepares the womb for egg implantation.
In all women, our supply of eggs diminishes over time. As the number of eggs falls, so does estrogen production.
When your estrogen plummets, hormonal and biochemical fluctuations can lead to changes in your brain and nervous system. Remember those mood swings, irritability, fatigue, hot flashes, night sweats, stress, anxiety, and depression I mentioned? Yes, those.
Progesterone, in my opinion, is the “MAC DADDY” for me and this perimenopausal life of mine! I knew from when I was going through IVF to get pregnant with Sasha. I remember feeling INCREDIBLE, my skin glowed and I was almost euphoric every damn day!
Here are some things you should know about Progesterone.
Progesterone can boost your energy by stimulating your thyroid and heating up your metabolism. After ovulation, your body temperature will go up a half degree.
What I love about progesterone most is that it crushed my mood swings and allowed me to sleep like a baby.
I have noticed that my skin glows even more since I started using the progesterone and my hair is shinier. I always had great skin, but it looks plumper!
Progesterone also combats autoimmune disease reduces inflammation and up-regulates detoxification enzymes. I worried that taking estrogen would cause cancer somehow, mainly because you hear it everywhere, but progesterone counteracts estrogen’s stimulating effect on breast and uterine tissue. I have read that it may have a role as a treatment for breast cancer in the future! Thank you to the Progesterone Gods above!
Truth to you all, I started writing this post in April. Yes, it’s September 10th! Life has been hectic, fun, and overwhelming to say the least. In any event, I am here. I am back.
To date, I am doing AMAZING! Still rubbing my estrogen cream on and cycling my progesterone according to my cycle. The testo pellet inserted into my but cheek has my energy levels back up and all together those three have been a blessing in my life.
Maze Women’s health has proved that we don’t need to suffer through perimenopause!