This past year has been a different year, physically, than any other year of my life. At the very beginning of 2008, I had no idea I was about to start a whole new era of my life, and I was not completely prepared.
I had no idea that I would be starting my road to menopause at 42. At first I was shocked. I felt I was too young, but when I realized I really was going through it and decided that I had enough of the hot flashes and sleepless nights, I went for help. My chiropractor had mentioned a compounding pharmacy she liked, so I got the number and scheduled a saliva test.
Once the test came back and I met with the pharmacist, I found out that I was not only estrogen dominant but really low on the progesterone, and my adrenals were worn out. He recommended that I start using a bioidentical progesterone cream formulated for my needs and that I take a calcium supplement and a multivitamin. He also recommended that I take a supplement for adrenal support. When I met with him about my test results, he spent an hour with me talking about the test results and my symptomology. I was confident that he knew how to help me, and he was definitely passionate.
I took the supplements and hormone cream as scheduled and was amazed to see the results after just six weeks. Natural cures don't work as immediate as drugs, but I was willing to see how it went. At about the six week mark, I got a little cold. After I was over the cold, I noticed I was sleeping better and wasn't having the 50+ hot flashes a day. My body aches were gone. I had so much energy! So the question arose in my mind, "Can you help your doctor?" "Can you educate him?"
I started reading up on bioidentical hormones. I started finding articles about it in natural health magazines. I decided to make it my mission to share this information with the women in my life. I was sure they were just as clueless as I was. I started openly speaking with them about my experience and how they need to start monitoring it now before it hits them like a ton of bricks. There are some friends already on top of it but so many had no idea.
I read books to recommend to friends to help them along in their journey.