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HRT and Me: Utrogestan vs Cyclogest Natural Progesterone

Do I kill myself or give in to the uge to kill others? That’s what it ultimately came down to when I weighed up the difference between taking Utrogestan or Cyclogest natural progesterone. A year ago I wrote a post HRT and Me: Progesterone Intolerance in which I described the problems I had been experiencing […]

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HRT and Me: Fibroids, Polyps and Adenomyosis

This week I’ve mostly been thinking about my uterus. Apparently, a transvaginal ultrasound will do that to a woman. Up until this point I have to admit to a lifetime of thinking about other body parts; I fret about my liver, worry about my heart, and am acutely aware of my digestive tract, but I’ve never […]

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HRT and Me: Progesterone Intolerance

Things have not been going well for me lately as far as my HRT is concerned. I’ve been experiencing problems with both my progesterone and testosterone treatment. Low Testosterone Levels Despite the fact that I’ve been applying Testim gel very day for over two years now, a recent blood test showed that my testosterone levels […]

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From Hormone Hell to Feeling Well: A True Story

A few weeks ago I told a story at the In This Body conference in London. Called From Hormone Hell to Feeling Well, it is the story of how I first experienced menopause symptoms when I was thirty. I was misdiagnosed, told that my symptoms were “all in my head” and eventually referred to a […]

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Lost for Words: Living with a Stammer

There’s a beautifully written article about stammering in The Guardian this week by the writer Maggie O’Farrell. Entitled ‘The monster in my mouth’ she describes how she’s always stammered and has developed coping strategies over the years that she still uses today: …regard the telephone as an instrument of treachery, exhort others to speak for […]

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HRT and Me: Using Testim Testosterone Gel as a Woman

I’ve received a comment on my post HRT and Me: The Battle for Testosterone from a reader asking how I’m getting on with my Testim testosterone gel and I realised it’s probably time for an update on my experience of using bio-identical HRT. The answer, in a nutshell is, I’m feeling well but think I […]

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Hypnotherapy and Wart Removal

When I was eight a wart appeared in the centre of my right thumb. It was a hard, calloused lump and I used to enjoy colouring it in with ink from my fountain pen. What Causes Warts? At the time the myth about warts was that they were caused by frog urine, but as I […]

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HRT and Me: The Battle for Testosterone

I’ve just taken my first dose of testosterone.  Not because I want to change my gender or take up body-building, but because I would like to feel like a normal woman again. Back in August I wrote about my menopausal journey so far and my experience with synthetic HRT, namely Prempak-C.  After two months of […]

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HRT and Me: My Experience of Prempak-C and Weight Gain

On Sunday I took my last dose of HRT.  After a couple of months on Prempak-C I decided that I wasn’t prepared to live with the side effects. Prempak-C and Weight Gain Looking through the photos of myself taken over the Summer the change in my appearance was obvious. Over the course of two months […]

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Life in the Fast Lane: My Brief Attempt at Intermittent Fasting

Desperate times call for desperate measures, so the saying goes. After a year or so of trying various diets without any success, and excited about the many benefits of intermittent fasting, I decided to give it a try. The idea of being able to lose weight, improve my health and increase my longevity through fasting […]

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