Thank you all. You guys are the best! My husband is in awe of how wonderfully informative and supportive you are all...Susan
, my mood is pretty awful, but I'm not sure if it's the hormones, the low iron or maybe coming home to lots of stress after spending the summer in beautiful Montana
. If I don't turn around soon, I'm definitely adding ashwagandha and/or dhea.Slacker
, I did call my dr. office. Apparently the lining is just under the cutoff for high concern in postmenopausal with
HRT. They plan to do another ultrasound in 6 months. They also indicated I can come in for an office visit to discuss removal of fibroid (uterus?), but that's all so scary as I have connective tissue dysfunction which predisposes me to prolapse issues and I don't think my little/big "friend" is bothering me....Katie
, my hematocrit is at the bottom of normal, so feeling ok with that and the iron pill. I've been doing the iron thing for a week. My fingernails actually seem
to be growing just a bit, which is crazy, if true. They were curling under and breaking off at or below the quick...so maybe hair and fingernails are responding already, just a little...one can hope
. I agree with you on shooting for an estradiol level of 75ish.Julie
, my estradiol level is 150, so higher than I want. My fibroid has been around for a while, but grew significantly with the high E
. I do take levothyroxine and my levels are good. Yes, I had terrible hot flashes w/o HRT, but none with HRT. I do eat a high fat diet with mostly the "good" fats so I think I'm naturally low in dhea...I may add it back in once I see what the progesterone and reduced patch are doing. Stavia
, I'm taking 325mg iron a day, as well as really focusing on the food/vit c thing. Also, trying to cut out my half Pepcid (GERD caused by connective tissue problem) to avoid absorption issues. I'm also rapidly approaching osteoporosis, so trying to balance calcium intake/iron intake; keeping them hours apart is such a hassle, but it is what it is. Thanks for the patch advice, I cut mine by approx. 20% last night, so will see how it goes. I shudder (violently!) when considering invoking a BIG BLEED lol. Would my factor five leiden be an issue if I choose to go off everything for a week? Would a big shedding affect my iron count?
I am definitely going to spend the bucks to test hormones once a month for 3-4 months. For $75, I get estradiol, progesterone, dhea-s, testosterone, free T. So it's worth it to me.