Re: progesterone cream -should I?
Whimper71: Yes, go get some progesterone cream. You can get it at any healthfood store or even on the web. If you want to get your hormones checked you might have to see an endocrinologist. These PCP's and Gyno's don't want to be bothered with it. Get Dr. John Lee's book "what your Dr. won't tell you about menopause" and there's one on perimenopause, too. Look up the symptoms of estrogen dominance and you'll be surprised what's on there. If you can get your hormones tested find out if you're having non-ovulatory cycles. If you are then that causes the estrogen dominance.
Progesterone is the calming hormone and when it's not being made by the ovaries it's being made by the adrenals and then you can end up with adrenal fatigue. Progesterone turns into estrogen during these menopause years. Lack of estrogen will bring on the hot flashes. Don't be so quick to take estrogen because it is a main contributor of cancer in women. You're better off without it if you can handle the night sweats and hot flashes. I've never had a hot flash. Instead of getting hot flashes during menopause I've ended up with seizures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd take a hot flash any day!