Re: 33 and going thru menopause
You didn't mention what your estrogen levels were, or if FSH, LH were checked. In menopause, the estrogen would be low (as well as progesterone) and FSH, LH high. At 33, this is quite early, and I would bet that you have anti-ovarian antibodies, an autoimmune condition that causes you to produce antibodies to your own ovaries, making them fail prematurely. Yes, hormone therapy does help, and there are several options for how it can be done. I favor natural progesterone over synthetic, and it is possible you were on too high a dose before, which can cause sedation and dizziness. I would talk to your Dr about testing the antibodies, FSH and LH if not already done, and whether you are a good candidate for HRT (no contraindications). It is possible your thyroiditis was autoimmune (Hashimotos) and you could get anti-thyroid antibodies checked as well, because if positive, your thyroid will eventually go low. It is nice to know that in advance to keep an eye on it and treat it early, which will help you gfeel better. Low progesterone also can cause severe PMS, so that should respond too, if you experience that. I started menopause at 35, so I understand how frustrating it is to have your hormones off balance!