Re: Menopause and Hormone Replacement
Thanks so much for the reply. I'm so happy to hear from a 65 y.o. woman taking progesterone!
I had the bloodwork done after using progesterone and testosterone (bioidentical, compounded cream) for 6 weeks. The numbers had increased significantly since my annual blood work done in March:
LDL-up approximately 30 points, in high range
HDL-down approximately 15 points
Blood sugar (fasting)--101 (high)
TSH--up for me (2.8) It usually runs 2.1 or so.
I love the feeling both the progesterone and testosterone give me and really want to be able to take both. I went off HRT for two weeks and re-checked blood sugar (fasting); it was down to 85.
My hunch is that the progesterone may affect blood sugar and TSH. And the testosterone affects blood lipids, raising LDL and lowering HDL. This is in the research done on males.
I've asked my dr. to give me a retest on lipids, blood sugar,& TSH, after being off HRT for 1 month in order to establish a baseline. Then I'd try progesterone only and retest in a month to see if it affects the numbers. (one thing at a time)
I so want to be proven wrong!
Please, post-menopausal women, send your experiences! There's no research online for us Thanks!
Gayle, age 61