I’ll be 47 in November. My last baby was born a little over a year ago when I was 45. I nursed him until about two months ago, so my cycle was absent all last year due to nursing. But now it is absent for a new, unfamiliar (to me) reason.
So I’ve been doing some research on natural hormone therapy and started using a natural progesterone cream to help trigger my cycles so I don’t become estrogen dominant. In addition to my stash of books on this subject, I found a nice, summary article and thought I’d share it here on Gems. Check out the Progesterone Fertility Guide.
The late Dr. John R. Lee is considered one of the foremost authorities on the subject of progesterone. He wrote several books on hormone balance, and you can read his recommendations for the use of progesterone HERE.
The progesterone cream I use is Beeyoutiful Balance from Beeyoutiful. I love that company, and they’ve formulated their progesterone cream to fit with Dr. Lee’s recommendations.
If you are wondering whether or not it helps, I’d say it does. My hot flashes were almost completely eliminated once I started on the cream, and it has been triggering my cycle even though I haven’t been ovulating for several months. (I chart my cycles so I know what’s going on with my body and can plan accordingly.)
Another hormone help (dirt cheap too!) is Vitex agnes-castus (chasteberry). Dr. Shonda Parker recommends it over and over again in her books and online. I’ve been taking it most of my child bearing years, and it helps with PMS, balancing hormones, milk supply when you are nursing (works fabulous for this), and preventing miscarriage. I’ve just doubled my dose now that I’m experiencing perimenopause symptoms. It takes several months of using it consistently before you will start to notice a difference. You can read more on this thread found on Shonda’s website HERE.
And finally, I’ve been experiencing SUPER LOW basil body temperatures when I rise. At first I thought it was because I’m old and fixing to die soon. Then I thought is was because my thyroid is being weird again—but after having my levels checked and finding out they were normal, I have realized I have no clue why I’m almost corpse-like in the morning. Should I blame The Change?
Then I found an article on the Naturally Knocked Up website called How to Raise Your Basil Body Temperature. There are several good articles on Donielle’s website. And did you know that she wrote one of the bonus chapters in the upcoming book, Three Decades of Fertility?
And that wraps up this week’s Gems!
Have a blessed week-end with the ones you love!