From the number of people checking out the last article on BHRT I would say most of my readers are women from about 45 years and up! Because of the response I thought I would briefly share my journey with BHRT!
In the spring of 2010, I stopped sleeping. Period. No sleep, all night, wide awake. I couldn’t function during the day, I could barely think, let alone communicate civilly or work at my schoolwork. I tried everything! Some nights with self hypnosis I could manage a couple of hours, but then my bladder would wake me up and I wouldn’t be able to get back to sleep. Other nights, no matter what I did, I couldn’t sleep and I would spend the night dozing, but never getting into that deep healing REM or nREM sleep.
I went to my doctor and an intern gave me a prescription for sleeping pills. Some nights they worked for a few hours but other nights I would have to take way over the recommended dose and by that time I’d be in tears and just wouldn’t care.
Finally, John convinced me to get my salivary hormone levels tested. I did and my level of estrogen was okay for my age, as was testosterone and cortisol, but my progesterone (the relaxing hormone) was way too low. I was put on a dose of 40 mg. I started it immediately. The pharmacist told me it could take up to three weeks to kick in. It took six weeks, but since then I haven’t looked back. I sleep hard at night, with lots of nREM and little to no need to visit the loo. I feel more balanced and definitely more energetic. I still use the self-hypnosis for a better quality sleep, for falling asleep faster and for stimulating creative and solution-based dreams but I wouldn’t give up the progesterone cream at this point, for anything!
If you are concerned about lack of sleep, and you are peri menopausal or menopausal, get your hormone levels tested. Contact John’s office to find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-755-1930. Not only does he have info on testing but he can also write you a prescription for the right dose.
Good Luck and if you have any questions that I may help with, feel free to ask. I will do my best to point you in the right direction.