To estrogen or not to estrogen… that is the question

My husband and I love going on vacation. We’ve been to Aruba, Jamaica, Key Largo and the Virgin Islands (more than once). We usually go in the late spring or early summer and since these locations all have awesome beaches the heat and humidity has never bothered me. In fact, I have always reveled in the sweat dripping into my Pina Colada as I floated in the ocean or pool. Not so much anymore…

Due to circumstances beyond my control we had not taken our annual vacation for the past 3 years so last week I decided to visit my friend in Cabo San Lucas for a few days and I have to tell say that Cabo in July gives a whole new meaning to the term “HOT FLASH”!

One would think that when it is a zillion degrees outside and humidity is at 95% you wouldn’t even know that you are having a hot flash, but I can tell you from experience this is not the case. I would feel it coming on…starting in my face, traveling up and over my head, down my neck, my back, in between my shoulders, all the way down to my ankles…misery, and then, when it was over, the next one would start! I seriously felt like the 3 days I was in Cabo was just one big hot flash.

So now I have a decision to make. I will be going back to Dr. Grossman at BodyLogicMD soon. When I first saw him the hot flashes were bearable, in fact, they had diminished significantly since my Kaiser doctor had originally told me that I was in menopause. But over the last few months they have snuck back into my life, every couple of hours, so I am guessing my estrogen levels have dropped again (as Dr. Grossman said they would). I will need to get re-tested, and if this is the case he will give me the option of adding Estrogen to my Progesterone and Testosterone regimen.

Decisions, decisions, to Estrogen or not to Estrogen, this is the question, “whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer”… “To grunt and sweat under a weary life” (did Shakespeare get hot flashes???), or just take the darn Estrogen and trust that because it is in a natural, bioidentical form, the increased risk of breast cancer normally associated with Estrogen won’t be an issue. I didn’t think this would be a tough decision but now that I am faced with it I admit I am not sure if I want to go there…so….I will think about it some more and let you know what  I decide, soon hopefully, before I melt!!!

 

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  • Monica

    It definitely sounds like you need a little tweaking in your regimen. I would continue to read and research on the subject. Ever since I found out I was estrogen dominant, I keep reading everything I can get my hands on to learn more about it.

    Hang in there sweetie!

     
     
     
  • Diane

    Thanks for the encouragement! I realize that it took 49 years to get imbalanced so it will take a while to get my meds dialed in for my particular needs. I am just so happy to have a doctor that genuinely cares about what I am going through 🙂

     
     
     
  • Diane

    Thanks for the encouragement! I realize that it took 49 years to get imbalanced so it will take a while to get my meds dialed in for my particular needs. I am just so happy to have a doctor that genuinely cares about what I am going through 🙂

     
     
     
  • Lisa

    Hello…

    I have been put on two anti-depressants – quick fix – and finally after cold turkey withdrawal’s from a “depression hurts” medication and being in bed for three days. I researched, google etc… and finally diagnosed myself. Found myself a doctor in my area(Connecticut) that took my insurance, that’s a funny story, and now feel like someone finally cares about my true well being and not prescribing me a quick fix and rushing me out of their office. Not judging or downing anyone if that works for them, but this bioidentical stuff just makes so much sense!

    Glad I found this blog too, it has really helped today!

    Luv

     
     
     
  • There is no way I will do without my meds. Even now. And if the doctors were clued into my problem at the time, my going through menopause would have been a LOT easier. Because by the time they checked (and it took some hollering to get them to do so), I was already out of hades and to the other side. At the grand ‘ole age of 32.

    Without meds: hot flashes, thinned bladder walls (makes travelling and being 5 minutes away from a toilet a real pain), severe insomnia, panic attacks…

    With meds: I’m fatter, but hey… I can deal with that. What I can’t deal with is all the others.

     
     
     
  • Diane

    Hi Catherine, it is interesting you mention that you are “fatter”. When I first started hormone replacement therapy I lost 10 pounds almost immediately, but not it seems that I am back to where I was in that regards. I think the reason I iniitally lost it is that I just had so much more enegy. I still feel way better than I did but I am learning that weight loss will not happen by itself, even with hormones, I am going to need to make some adjustments to my diet. Thing is, the hormones are helping me to be motivated to do so!

     
     
     
  • I’ve been on hormones for almost twenty years now. Perhaps the longer you’ve been on them and the older you are, the harder it gets to fight the weight.

    For the energy, sure, I have much more than when I was deep into insomnia (those were horrible times). But I’ve been living in a tropical climate since ’94 and the heat does tend to sap the strength.

    Whenever I’m in the UK I have a great deal more energy.