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Hormone Replacement? It Has Been a Life Changer for Me!

This is my story. I am a work in progress getting my post- menopause life to as normal or better as possible. Life has only just begun.

For Me Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Has Changed My Life For The Better!

I'm not an expert, nor am I even a medical expert. I am only a post-menopausal, 40 something, old woman telling what has worked for me. I wish I had known more about HRT before I actually needed it. I hope sharing my experience will help you know the questions to ask your doctor.

Estrogen Only - My Life....

  • Sleep, sweet, sweet SLEEP!
  • Wake up NEEDING A NAP!
  • No sex drive!
  • Spare tire around my middle
  • No energy!

This is what characterized my life. I dealt with this while trying to be a "normal 41 year old mom of 2". It seemed doing anything took way too much energy. I wasn't depressed, just very worn out constantly.

Estrogen ONLY for 2 Years

What I experienced…

  1. The Fatigue!
    Each day I would spend 9 hours at work as a high school teacher. I would come home and feel like I could barely get one foot in front of the other. I would lay down for at least an hour nap.
  2. Long Nights Needed!
    Sleep seemed to be all my body wanted. I would count my hours of sleep trying to get at least 10 hours. If I got less sleep the drained feeling was almost unbearable. Zombie-like feeling throughout the day is the best description.
  3. Muffin Top - ever expanding!
    I am overweight by more than about 20 pounds, but it seemed all to be in my waist. Whole on Estrogen only my waist seemed hopeless. Exercise was difficult for me due to back problems so that left diet. The waist line never seemed to lessen despite weight loss. If I gained it only went to my muffin top. It was a constant, discouraging problem.
  4. Feeling of Not Being Enough! As I battled waistline, fatigue and the need for so much sleep, I had a feeling of not being the mom, daughter, friend that I should be.

Progesterone: To add or not?

With the constant fatigue, the feeling of absolutely zero energy and the need for daytime naps, I decided to see what options were available to me.

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To the Doctor, for Fatigue Questions and Answers

I went to the doctor to see what he said about my fatigue. He checked my blood work and realized that it was good. It came down to the fact that I lacked any hormones, other than the Estrogen that I was taking.

Progesterone and Testosterone were his suggestions.

Both Progesterone and Testosterone would help with the fatigue that was plaguing me. I started the Progesterone first, as it was compounded. It is easily picked up at my local pharmacy that does compounding. Not all pharmacies will do compounded prescriptions, just ask and they can point you to the correct drugstore.

The progesterone began to show slight side effects the first couple of weeks, mainly headaches. Those left after about 2 weeks. Then around the 3rd week or so, I began to feel more energy. This was also the time I began the Testosterone pellets.

Changes: Life With Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone

I take estrogen patch, progesterone pill and testosterone pellets (every 3-4 months). This regimen I have been on now almost a year. The changes have been amazing. There are a few negatives, but they are nothing compared to the benefits that I have seen.

  • Energy to Spare - Used to I came home from 8 hours teaching high school to basically go to bed. Now, I come home, and do what "normal 40 something women" do.
  • Restful Nights - My nighttime is good, but do not have to be as long. I can get far less sleep and still be just as rested.
  • Mornings Are Brighter - waking up at 4:30 is never easy, but now I don't feel as much like snoozing my alarm till I barely make it to work on time. I wake up feeling rested and energized.
  • Sex Drive - I didn't think that my sex drive was low while on Estrogen only, but turns out it was. The sex drive is not overwhelming just more like it was in my 20s and 30s.
  • Spare tire much smaller - without even losing weight, I lost inches. It was amazing to see how the inches fell off even though my weight did not.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 April McMichael

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