BHRT Has anyone tried this?

I have been on a menopause board lately and there are a lot of women there with menopause issues along with migraines that said once they started BHRT both their menopause symptoms and migraines have diminished or are all but gone.

Have any of you tried this or heard of it? What are your thoughts?

My doctor has mentioned if my levels come back low she may want me to try this.

Timeless,

My wife just recently looked into her hormone levels and found that they were low. According to the hormone specialist, migrianes is one of many many symptoms from a hormone imbalance. This is one of the things that the doc thought might be helped with hormone therapy, so this may be wirth a try.

Brian

Timeless -

I actually cannot speak well to menopause because I’m 32, but there is no doubt that this is triggered by hormones. Prior to getting this, I was on Birth Control Pills for 3 years, which greatly increased the intensity and frequency of my headaches, and then one day I woke up with these lovely MAV symptoms. I also have polycystic ovarian syndrome, so I get my menstrual cycle very irregularly (sorry men that you have to read this), so I often wonder if this is prompting this all. Doctors have also said that pregnancy helps - so that is certainly a clue that this is based in hormones. I asked Dr. Buchholtz if it’s triggered by hormones, why not try hormone replacement therapy, and he said that it is not yet perfected enough to work. THat ws just his opinion though.

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Timeless -

I actually cannot speak well to menopause because I’m 32, but there is no doubt that this is triggered by hormones. Prior to getting this, I was on Birth Control Pills for 3 years, which greatly increased the intensity and frequency of my headaches, and then one day I woke up with these lovely MAV symptoms. I also have polycystic ovarian syndrome, so I get my menstrual cycle very irregularly (sorry men that you have to read this), so I often wonder if this is prompting this all. Doctors have also said that pregnancy helps - so that is certainly a clue that this is based in hormones. I asked Dr. Buchholtz if it’s triggered by hormones, why not try hormone replacement therapy, and he said that it is not yet perfected enough to work. THat ws just his opinion though.

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There are different types of hormone therapy and it seems somewhat complicated to me but I will see where all this goes after I get my test back.

My neuro-doc told me that migraines tend to go away upon menopause for most women, as well as the older you get. Considering what menopause does related to your hormones, it wouldn’t surprise me if hormones play a significant role in migraines and MAV.

Hi,
I am 52 and in menopause, I have posted before. My MAV symptoms began almost a year to the day of my very last menstrual period. I have been using bio-identical progesterone cream with some relief of symptoms. When I was menstruating I always had a monthly migraine headache the day before my period. My neuro-otologist recommended the progesterone. Caution about progesterone and all hormones. Use only bio-identical and work with a knowledgeable doctor. I seem to have found the right dose for me now, but it has taken 5 months. Too much progesterone worsens vertigo. It has been frustrating at times but it is worth looking at your hormones as a trigger.
Best,
Kathy

Hi Timeless and all.
Here is a great sitethat has a few good articles about migraine.
These articles are about hormones ect…
Unfortunately I understand very LITTLE about hormones.
So I’ll be copying these and asking my Dr about it.
best…
jen

clinicalneurologynewsnetwork … 26_08.html

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There are different types of hormone therapy and it seems somewhat complicated to me but I will see where all this goes after I get my test back.

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Yes, when you say that there are different types, could you please elaborate because I am confused. I was planning to go on Bioidentical hormone therapy but I cannot seem to distinguish their differences from each other. What is the difference between http://testosterone-for-men.com/Hormone-Replacement-Therapy.php and BHRT and HRT? Which one would the doctor most probably prescribe a 50+ year old man with mood swings and low sexual drive?

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BHRT is Biodentical Hormone Replacement Therapy…

Here is an article about the two…

thecompounder.wordpress.com/2009 … rapy-bhrt/

Sorry folks. Mistake. :0)

Hi Timeless

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have been on a menopause board lately and there are a lot of women there with menopause issues along with migraines that said once they started BHRT both their menopause symptoms and migraines have diminished or are all but gone.

Have any of you tried this or heard of it? What are your thoughts?

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If by BHRT you mean hormones identical in chemical structure to our own ovarian hormones, then yes, I am on BHRT. Estradiol to be precise. I don’t use progesterone because I don’t have a womb because I have had a hysterectomy. I had a blood test two years which showed my levels to be extremely low, so I started on a very low dose and built up. It certainly helped my symptoms at the time which were night sweats and memory problems.

This last year I’ve been struggling again both with the same meno symptoms I had two years ago and a worsening of my MAV symptoms. I’ve just been back to the doctor, had more blood tests and the results showed my levels have plummetted again and I’ve been told to double my dose of estradiol. I’m in the process of increasing it very gradually.

I can’t say for sure that any improvements in my MAV symptoms were due solely to my ERT but I think it did help. That was a couple of years ago and now, once more, with the very gentle increase I’m making I feel there are subtle changes taking place, not so much with my meno symptoms but with my MAV symptom. I hope the meno improvents will follow.

I was very reluctant to start HRT and that’s an understatement but if I had I to do it all over again I wouldn’t hesitate now. The whole HRT thing was a massive learbning curve for me but I’m now of the opinion that if you’re lacking in a hormone it makes sense to replace it, as long as it’s done circumspectly and with respect for your individual needs.

Brenda

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I have been on a menopause board lately and there are a lot of women there with menopause issues along with migraines that said once they started BHRT both their menopause symptoms and migraines have diminished or are all but gone.

Have any of you tried this or heard of it? What are your thoughts?

My doctor has mentioned if my levels come back low she may want me to try this.

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well i have heard much of this BHRT…an article ( bio-identical-testosterone.c … tment.html) says Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is extremely safe. However, when taken in excessive dosages or for purposes other than what it is intended for, it could lead to serious adverse effects. been studying this issue cause i believe i am suffering from this menopausal stage already…i have talked to women who undergo BHRT and they showed positive outlook to this treatment…hope it’ll help me also…

Has anyone tried this yet or had success? I am looking into going down this route since mine definitely is horomone related…(started 2 days after giving birth)

I’ve tried natural progesterone, as my MAV hit when I hit perimenopause. (I can tell it’s peri based on the non-MAV symptoms… My gyn agrees.) I’ve found some symptom relief, but I’d have to agree with what was said above - it’s really tricky to get it right, even when working with a specialist. I had it confirmed that my progesterone is low, but since it varies during the month, I can’t quite seem to get it “right” enough to fix things enough (or permanently) by taking natural progesterone. Plus, too much makes the vertigo worse. And while the natural progesterone is supposed to be safe (compared to synthetic), it’s not side-effect free. (I was told to take it at night, as it makes you sleepy - especially if you take too much. I had the opposite happen - insomnia. So then I was told to take it in the morning. Well, the bottle says “may cause dizziness” and I found that it definitely made my vertigo worse.) At this point, I’ve given up trying to fix the MAV with the progesterone, though I’m still using the ProgonB that I can get without a scrip and without going to the compounding pharmacy. I figure with the otc kind, I can at least tweak the dosage myself according to how I feel and get things evened out on my own as best I can. (I’m pretty resigned to the fact that I’ll need my neurologist to help find the right MAV med, rather than the hormone specialist.)

Hope that helps - though I know it’s not terribly encouraging…

I started taking BHRT in May because this dizziness started with menopause. It’s helping a little so far but I’m still tweaking. I suggest getting the creams so you have control over dosage. If you use the patch or pill you are stuck. My doc started me on too much and I felt pretty bad so I lowered my dose and felt better. Now I am trying to hit the sweet spot. It takes time but I have gone on the power-surge forums and there are sooooo many women on there with our symptoms and BHRT has helped! The advice given from them is to stick it out and try to get your dosage right and you will feel soooo much better. Also when your estrogen and progesterone are low it messes with your thyroid so you need to get that checked also