I am 41 and would like to take steps to adjust my hormone levels but I have NO idea where to start. During my last pregnancy, the doctors put me on progesterone supplements to attempt to keep this baby in full term. (It worked, PTL.) At the same time, I met with a woman that is a wellness instructor that had my progesterone levels tested and they were negligible. Not what you want to hear when you are hoping for a FT baby! She added a natural progesterone cream to my daily regimen. Baby is now 3.5 months old and I asked her to retest my hormone levels but she said it is pointless while nursing, which makes sense, I suppose. The only problem is I nurse for 16+ months, and have been known to get pregnant with the next baby before weaning! In the meantime, I am struggling with losing my hair (to the point of having bald patches), flagging libido, and stubborn baby weight that usually drops off. Where does one safely start without being able to test hormone levels? Maca Powder, estriol cream, progesterone cream...which could affect the milk supply, which would keep levels too high, too low? Any input would be greatly appreciated!
You might start with charting your cycles. I recommend Fertilityfriend.com. You can do this for free or pay for a membership and have access to the forums, which are a wealth of information. This would involve taking your temperature each morning, checking cervical fluid, etc. You can learn TONS about your body and how it works. Charting can be unreliable during breastfeeding, but it can help you get a handle on your cycle (if you are starting to have any) and also if you have any potential hormonal issues.
You might also consider having your thyroid checked, along with other basic bloodwork.
I believe following the dietary principles in the book will help to stabilize your health and hormones as well.
Progesterone needs to be checked on a certain day of your cycle, which only you will know, if you chart. I believe it is 7 days post ovulation. If you are breastfeeding, and not menstruating, I would expect it to be lower than if you were ovulating.
There are also some cycle day 3 tests the ladies would talk about, but I never learned much about them.
Also, Pearl writes a lot about hormones in the book, you may know that already.
msjongg: Just wondering... Are rice noodles on plan?
Nov 15, 2016 15:37:21 GMT -5
queen: Probably a good idea to start a topic asking about it. Generally, I think they want you to use the whole grains rather than something made from brown rice flour, but maybe there's more to know about it.
Nov 17, 2016 0:11:45 GMT -5
queen: Got a notice that the THM website is having a big cyber-Monday sale and are offering a couple new items. They have also introduced flat rate shipping. Time to stock up on that Gentle Sweet.
Nov 27, 2016 23:40:42 GMT -5
mamaj123: what supplements are recommended on plan? I believe they talk about it in the original book, but I don't have mine right now
Dec 5, 2016 16:50:34 GMT -5
queen: Depends on what you are looking to do. Can you start a topic about it?
Dec 8, 2016 14:15:13 GMT -5
beachmommy: Thank you peacenjoy!
Feb 24, 2017 16:50:25 GMT -5
marmee: Confused about how to ask a question...
Mar 27, 2017 15:22:47 GMT -5
marmee: Sorry to be such an... Older woman but I'm not abl to figure out how to use the forum. I have been able to read a few posts.
Apr 4, 2017 6:40:01 GMT -5
marmee: One question: if I have early morning coffee with coconut oil ( or if I choose cream) are they considered a snack, should I wait 3 hours before eating? If I eat an S meal soon there after am I ok? Would that be a problem if I eat an E meal soon after?
Apr 4, 2017 6:41:55 GMT -5
queen: You can post here if you like. But you can start a post by entering a forum (any of the linked titles above this shouting box). Once you are in the forum, you should see a "Create Thread" link in the title bar. Click that to get a posting screen.
Apr 5, 2017 16:30:19 GMT -5
queen: If you eat an S meal within an hour of your oil/cream coffee, it is all considered the same meal. Otherwise, you need to wait the 3 hours.
Apr 5, 2017 16:31:29 GMT -5
cat31: Is this an active forum? All the posts I see are old.
Apr 25, 2017 9:51:16 GMT -5
queen: There are a few people who check in here and there.
Apr 27, 2017 16:49:41 GMT -5
abbinrmal: Can someone point me to bulk recipe for the trimmacino?
Aug 16, 2017 12:02:42 GMT -5
bfiddles: Can someone tell me what the heck is up this the Membership site? Specifically the menu builder. They made changes and I'm finding it extremely difficult to use! Anyone else? Recipes used to be alphabetical but not anymore. How do you find recipes???
Apr 2, 2018 17:09:40 GMT -5
timberlinemomma: hey is there any favorite NSI sweatpants meals that anyone would like to share? I am a newbie and would like this to be easy peasy no special ingredients other than the things I have in my fridge and cupboards that are on plan but not NSI. Thank you!!
Oct 26, 2018 13:00:17 GMT -5
auntchocolate: I have a question i am still confused about crossover meals how exactly do i incorporate them and how often ?
Dec 2, 2019 1:09:22 GMT -5
queen: If you are in weight loss mode, you avoid them. Maybe throw in one or two a month if you aren't losing well. It can help to shake things up and get losses started again.
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