Apparently Sundays are good days for research! This is interesting. I haven’t slept all night ONCE since I had surgical menopause. NOT ONE TIME. Not once. No wonder I am irritable. I can’t figure out if I am fatigued because I cannot sleep or I cannot sleep because my hormones are low or both. And I’m taking Effexor for depression. My depression isn’t just feeling sad, it’s feeling completely disinterested. Running a business and still raising teens means I cannot feel completely disinterested. EVER.
Are there other Hormones that a Woman Needs?
Other bioidentical hormones that should be a part of an optimal menopausal hormone restoration program are testosterone and DHEA. These usually decline with age and are essential for overall health and particularly for mood, muscle strength, and sexual desire and
response. In women with fatigue, fibromyalgia, or depression, there is often a need to optimize thyroid and/or cortisol levels as well. The female hormonal system produces lower cortisol levels and effects in many women, causing aches and pains, fatigue, insomnia, hypoglycemia, PMS, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, and other problems. Many women cannot even tolerate estradiol and progesterone replacement after menopause without cortisol supplementation because these hormones antagonize cortisol’s effects. Hormone restoration requires balance among all the significant hormones.
I can hardly wait to get balanced!