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Dr. Joseph Boland
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Difficulty Sleeping (Definition)

Many women complain that they have trouble sleeping when they are pregnant. Try not to eat just before bedtime. Consider taking a warm bath at bedtime to help you relax. As your abdomen gets bigger, you may want to lie on your side with a pillow under your abdomen and a pillow between ...Read more


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I have high cortisol levels. What does this mean? I am in perimenopause and have been tested for my hormone levels. A recent saliva test showed I have high cortisol levels. I have been suffering from anxiety, depression and insomnia. I am under going

I have high cortisol levels.  What does this mean? I am in perimenopause and have been tested for my hormone levels.  A recent saliva test showed I have high cortisol levels.  I have been suffering from anxiety, depression and insomnia.  I am under going

High : High cortisol levels should be confirmed and further evaluated by an internist or endocrinologist. Salivary testing is not mainstream and could be misleading. Stress can result in elevations of cortisol but these will usually suppress with Dexamethasone (this is part of the further testing). ...Read more

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Taking ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) for perimenopause symptoms for 3 months, having headaches, insomnia, night sweats, is 0.35 mcg of estrogen too much for me?

Taking ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) for perimenopause symptoms for 3 months, having headaches, insomnia, night sweats, is 0.35 mcg of estrogen too much for me?

Doubtful: You could go down but consider that hormone fluctuations are the biggest cause of problems are yours are steady, did the problems worsen after starting the pill. That pill has that dose of estrogen for about 7 days. To you clinch your teeth at night? Do you have anxiety? You may need to treat this directly. Clonazepam 1-2 mg a couple of nights per week can be a lifesaver if ur sleep deprived. ...Read more

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Help having aches pains.erractic periods.sleepless nights and itchy skin.this perimenopause?

Help having aches pains.erractic periods.sleepless nights and itchy skin.this perimenopause?

Probably.: I believe that lack of sleep is probably causing the headaches , anxiety and the itchy skin. Hormonal changes often brings changes in our body causing involutional melancholia. Please have your PCP check you up and get your hormonal levels and treat them if appropriate. ...Read more

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At 49, I am experiencing some perimenopausal symptoms, mostly insomnia. Would bio-identical hormones be recommended for that? Are they safe?

At 49, I am experiencing some perimenopausal symptoms, mostly insomnia. Would bio-identical hormones be recommended for that? Are they safe?

Bio-identical: Some are OK but others are not. I would not take any estrogen related hormones until you have checked with your gynecologist. Many ads on TV and radio say wonderful things about their product but it is almost always followed by a note "This product is not approved by the FDA". FDA is the group that approves or disapproves new drugs. ...Read more

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48 yr old woman. Perimenopausal. Insomnia, acne..inflammation issues. Would taking 50 mg's of CQ-10 help?

48 yr old woman. Perimenopausal. Insomnia, acne..inflammation issues. Would taking 50 mg's of CQ-10 help?

CQ-10, Anxiety: Body makes CQ-10, cells use it to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance. It functions as an Antioxidant protecting body from damage caused by harmful molecules. There is no Research showing effectiveness of CQ-10 for peri- menopausal symptoms, insomnia or Acne. Continued insomnia after taking Melatonin indicates Anxiety. Use Breathing and Music Relaxation, Meditation, Tai Chi, Therapy. ...Read more

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I have tried prescription HRT for perimenopausal symptoms ( hot flashes, insomnia, fluid retention) with no relief. Now I'm trying Estroven. ??

I have tried prescription HRT for perimenopausal symptoms ( hot flashes, insomnia, fluid retention) with no relief. Now I'm trying Estroven.  ??

Another option: There are certain SSRI"S medications that can help with hot flashes other than estrogen products. Estroven is another form of estrogen that may or may not be effective if the other estrogen products failed. Talk to your MD about this option. ...Read more

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What is perimenopause all about?

What is perimenopause all about?

Hormone balance: Basically, the ovary becomes dysfunctional past a certain age, which is why women are less fertile at 35 than they are at 25. Most hormones affect one another so that as we age, we become imbalanced. This can lead to the symptoms commonly referred to as perimenopause. They are treatable and reversible. While depression may be present, it almost never is the sole culprit of these symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Lyons
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Perimenopause (Definition)

Period of time when your estrogen levels start to decline, your periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other ...Read more