I need help, and I don't know what else to do. I am 26 years old and have not had a period in like 17 months. I have never had regular cycles, but I have also never went this long either. My gynecologist thought I might be in menapause, but my hormone levels are normal. I have a lot of health problems, and I am on a lot of medications. This is what I have been attributing the problem to. But I also found out that i have vaginal atrophy due to the absence of periods. I can't take birth control anymore, because I had blood clots as a result from the patch. So what now? I know my health alone can cause the cessation of my cycle, but for this long? I had a baby three years ago, and when i got pregnant, I had not had a period in 4 months, i just randomly ovulated. It was pretty humerous because my doctor argued with me as to when my conception date was.
I would appreciate any advice, help, encouragement, ect. What do you all think? My doctors are at a loss and so am I.
Hi there, sorry to hear you are going through such difficult times. There are things that can be done for this though I am sure. First off, I think you should find yourself a good naturapathic doctor and get a saliva test done for those hormone levels. Birth control pills are never any good for this anyway. If anything, they mess up hormones even more because they are not real hormones. They are manufactured hormones that don't belong in anyone's body. Have the naturapath get you on some natural progesterone cream, not premarin (made from horse urine!) or any other man-made type. Also, be sure that if your adrenals and thyroid are off to get some type of good supplement to help you as well. Sometimes you have to look elsewhere for help because most traditional doctors only use man-made types of hormones and this isn't going to help you. Hope this was helpful to you!
thanks for your help, I would love to see a naturapathic doctor, but i don't know if my insurance will cover it. I think they can be a lot more effective and helpful, just because they do use natural meds. I have to be very careful about what I do take because of the blood clots and the coumadin. They just prescribed be Estrace cream to help with the vaginal atrophy. I haven't been able to get it filled yet. but even with that i can only use it every 10 days as opposed to daily like most people. I have had my testosterone checked but it was about a year or so ago. It was normal then. I also had my fsh, prolactin, and one other one checked and they were fine. My thyroid test were normal as well. Can they check estrogen levels like they do testosterone? Maybe this would be a clue.
Has anyone every actually been to a naturapathic doctor, and how would I find them.
Hey there again. Sorry to hear that the insurance might not cover it. I really hope that you are able to find some way to get to see one though. I got a recommendation for the one that I see so I don't know if I can help you much there. Actually, people at health food stores might be helpful for you with that. You can always ask one and see what they say. Or even look some up in a phone book or online. There's got to be some type of a directory on there for ND's in different states.
The ND that I see (and I think many of them do) recommend certain diets to follow and that might help you to be able to get off some of your meds. Be sure to tell them what you are taking though, just in case.
The saliva test that I had done I believe showed what the estrogen level was too. Most of the time though when progesterone is too low, that means the estrogen level is probably too high. Either way, a saliva test is pretty good to figure out most of what is going wrong hormonally. Progesterone is really amazing though. I use a progesterone cream and I no longer get any cramps and everything is really light. It also fixed my hips from when they were out of place. My chiropractor noticed the difference right away and at the time I had only been using it two days! I notice I am not nervous anymore and this can also be due to the adrenals, which I take supplements for too. It's really great now. I wish someone had told me about that sooner!
Here's some tips that I was told that help keep hormones more normal.
-Soy is absolutely terrible for the thyroid. It has terrible effects on the hormones in the body. Stay away from soy products whenever possible.
-Plastics, shampoos, deodorants, soaps, pesticides, etc ( also most things made from petroleum) they have a negative effect of hormones because they are xenoestrogens. That means that they act similiarly to estrogen and can confuse the body and cause unusually high amounts of estrogen to be made in the body. It is always a good idea to use natural products to limit exposure.
Just in case you aren't able to get to see an ND, I really think you should take a look at the book "Dr. Mercola's Total Health Program". I follow an almost exact replica of the diet that this doctor describes (one my ND has me do) and it cured me of my IBS. The belief is that an excess of bad carbs from breads and sugars are what is causing so many of the diseases we see today. It's really amazing what a diet change did for me at least and there are many other stories like mine I am sure!