The Menopause/The Change
HRT Medications - Natural Progesterone - Prenolone
What will it be as you chart your course through this rite of passage as old as humanity and yet fresh with both ancient and new alternatives that encourage and allow women to manage the change with ease and grace.
by Tesla Starr-Keehn
As I began to approach fifty my interest in the subject of menopause became paramount to the point of reading a number of books over the next few years on the subject. Beginning with Germaine Greer’s “The Change” to Gail Sheehy “The Silent Passage” to the updated “Menopause Naturally” by Sadja Greenwood, M.D. By the time I made my way through this last book it had been nearly a year since I’d had a period, which was the amount of time my physician had recommended elapse before I check in with her regarding a possible course of action. When I did end up in her office to discuss the state of my health, I was very stressed out and that would be putting it mildly.
I was in the process of losing a job, that I’d worked at over twelve years as a special education teacher and co-ordinator with severely physically and mentally challenged children and adults, due to an unexpected move by the governor to turn a state facility into a boot camp for wayward youth. So there was a lot of change going on in many areas of my life. I was under pressure at work in helping co-workers adjust to the closure and also prepare for and ease the transition for clients who would be moving to new homes throughout the state. So in the mist of all this I went from the occasional headache to experiencing my first full fledged migraine complete with flashing lights. In addition to this I was not sleeping well as my body temperature seemed to be in constant flux during the night, one minute being too hot for blankets and the next cold. Fortunately day time hot flashes were not a problem and this may be due to the fact that I maintained a rather steady hatha yoga practice over the years and had been big on nutritional supplements most of my life. I cannot imagine where I would have ended up without the yoga practice and the calm that it did bring to my life given the amount of stress my job and family responsibilities placed on me for many years. It really was and continues to be my saving grace.
My physician checked me over and gave me a refillable (1 year) prescription for progestin with estrogen (Premarin). The first month taking this combo my period started back up, complete with premenstrual swelling breasts, weight gain, headache and some mild cramping during my periods which lasted about 3 or 4 days. And worse, being a vegetarian, I was more than a little concerned about using a product that came from the urine of mares who were trapped in an endless cycle of impregnation and confinement year after year. To obtain the estrogen-rich urine needed for Premarin, tens of thousands of pregnant mares are tethered in tiny stalls for months at a time without adequate exercise, water, or veterinary care. For most mares, the cycle of impregnation and confinement continues year afer year until they become barren or lame, at which time they are sold for slaughter. Everything is energy, vibration, frequency and taking the prescribed pill did not seem to be right either ethically or physically. For me the entire scenario was far removed from a natural approach to aging and a life change that I preferred to embrace rather than fight.
So I kept reading everything I could find on the subject and by the time a year had gone by happened on to Christiane Northrup, M.D and her ideas regarding a more natural approach with progesterone. By now I had relocated, was in the mist of a career change and needed to find a physician who would write me a prescription for the progesterone that she recommended in her book. I made an appointment with a women physician and presented my plan for the natural progesterone. She had never heard of it and wrote me out a prescription for Estrace; however, did agree to look over any information I could bring her on the subject. This was 1996 in small town America and was hopeful the doctor would be open minded. By the end of the month she phoned in a prescription to the formulary pharmacy recommended in Dr. Northrups book for natural progesterone capsule form.
I felt relatively good about this approach to the change; however, after about 6 months was introduced to Young Living Essential Oils and at the same time a book by John R. Lee, M.D. “What Your Doctor May Not Tell you about Menopause”. After reading that book I began using the natural progesterone cream that Young Living was marketing at the time. Transdermally applied progesterone seemed a more efficient way to go in combating PMS symptoms as will as warding off osteoporosis, heart disease, breast and endometrial cancers, plus many other age-related conditions.
Young Living went on to improve this product and now offers Progessence Plus and Prenolone Plus Body Cream with DHEA, a natural hormone cream that can be used by both men and women. I began using Prenolone + when it first came out and I can honestly say that I love it. Pregnenolone is the master hormone from which all other steroid hormones are created and I believe as does D. Gary Young, N.D. that it is truly a quantum leap ahead of any other hormone replacement therapy currently on the market today. Studies have shown that natural pregnenolone acts by itself or in combination with DHEA as a master hormone that balances all other hormones.
Some of Pregnenolones positive benefits include reduction of PMS and menopausal symptoms, relief for the pain of arthritis, easing of bone, joint and muscle ailments, promotes both tissue repair and nerve regeneration while also reducing inflammation, fights stress and fatigue, improves memory, energy, and motivation, and can lift your mood at the same time. One 3 month study showed that women who used the pregnenolone cream had more hydration, fuller skin, and fewer wrinkles. Pregnenolone has also been shown to improve delta-wave sleep. In addition, this completely natural substance is non-toxic and virtually without side effects. Perhaps the best trait of pregnenolone is that since it is the grand hormone precursor, each person’s body will make the decision as to how it should be utilized. Since men also suffer from age-related hormonal decline pregnenolone may benefit them too.
Pregnenolone is not to be used regularly by people in their 20s or 30s unless they suffer a severe hormonal imbalance and supplementation is approved by their physician; however, for those who are charting their path through the change and declining hormones discover for yourself what natural Progessence Plus and Prenolone Plus can do for you.
It is recommended that you consult with your physician and have your pregnenolone, DHEA, progesterone, estriol, and estradiol levels checked. before using any hormone supplementation. Pregnenolone Plus should be used 21 days of the month and discontinued for seven days before resumption. This regimen allows for the compensatory systems of the body to readjust as needed. Best results are obtained from long term use, at least 3 to 4 months.
In regard to my own use of Progessence Plus and Prenolone Plus please know, as with all things in life this product does not operate in a vacuum; rather is just one part of the whole picture in working with the energy field to promote health in body, mind and spirit.
Recommended reading: "Pregnenolone A Radical New Approach to Health, Longevity, and Emotional Well-being" by D. Gary Young, N.D.
To order Young Living Prenolone (with DHEA) or Progessence Plus visit http://www.youngliving.com or call 1-800-371-2928 to place your order with a live operator. If you're new to the oils or let your membership lapse for some reason, be sure to use my enroller/sponsor number #85128 and join my Young Living team. Would love to assist and work with you as you navigate this time of your life.
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