Hey hot mamas! Anyone use ZRT lab for hormone testing?

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I'm 55 and one full year without a period, yeah!! I want to jump on the biodentical hormone bandwagon, but not sure how. Has anyone used the hormone testing kits to self test and treat? If so, what lab did u use and which kit? What do you do once u have the results? Buy some Biodentical Creams based on the results and then retest periodically? Or do I need to find a compounding pharmacy? Thanks for your help ladies, the end is near! (Not THAT end!)

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    -BTW, I have Kaiser but do not trust in standard HRT!
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    I did. The one thing I can share with that kind of testing is that if you are cycling at all then they gear their tests for day 21, ASSUMING you ovulated on day 14. I didn't know to check for that when I took my test. I ovulated on day 20 and then took their test on day 21 as they specified. My results were skewed as they compare resukts to 7 days post ovulation. I retested using a month long test for more accuracy. You can PM me for me details but I encourage you to check out some of the more thorough month long tests if you have the money to spend in it. They give a better clue as to what your hormones are doing over an entire cycle vs just one day. Hugs!

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      Thank you, great info! I'm not having periods anymore and am not having too much trouble except insomnia, vaginal atrophy, feeling like a have to pee constantly then nothing comes out, zero energy and zero sex drive (which is very upsetting to my randy hubby!) What did you use, synthetic or natural hormones?

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      I agree with lori. Finding the right hormone therapy is where it gets interesting. I opted to start with the bio creams and my ob is willing to write a script for micronized progesterone, estrogen patch, birth control or whatever else I'm up to trying. I started on bio estrogen cream and I felt ok for a week before all hell broke loose. Gave me the worst anxiety ever! That's when it dawned on me while staring at my saliva test results that I didn't take the test at the right time. I retested and am now on my 10th day of progesterone cream. I am showing low progesterone so no wonder the estrogen made me way worse. I'm determined to stick with it for 3 months to see what happens. I hope you can get some relief!

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    Well there’s lots of alternatives and it’s finding the one that’s right for you . Patches creams combo patches ... that’s when the fun really starts as not all BHRT agrees with everybody 
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    Hi Sherrie - yes I went online and ordered the ZRT lab test in July 2018. My results showed I was VERY low in progesterone as well as low in the progesterone to estrogen ratio. I was very confident that I would have these results as all of my symptoms were in line with a progesterone deficiency. 

    Lisa68384 offered some great advice in suggesting the month long test! I will plan to do this at the 3 month mark.

    I started a non prescription over the counter progesterone cream that you can find at a health food store or online through Amazon. I am noticing improvements; I started this cream the day I received my results! I had purchased it beforehand so that I would have it available to use when my results arrived. My doctor has also offered doing the BHRT if I am interested. I showed her this cream that I had purchased and she said to try it for 3 months, record my changes, side effects etc.

    My thought was that I would try the OTC progesterone cream first (recommended by a great friend who has been in pharmacy for years); my next step was a consult with my DR for BHRT which I just had - and then I plan to have another consult with a compounding pharmacy - I want to know all of my options! smile 

    So thankful for this forum! It's good to hear success stories - gives me hope. Take care!

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      Well you will know when things get really bad if you need BHRT . If you can’t wake up cant get up can’t stay up and are completely debilitated every day ... you’ll probably try it .

      It doesn’t sound like your symptoms are too bad and hopefully they don’t worsen ! 

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      Lori - I was in such rough shape; in bed for weeks and weeks and weeks on end; nearly 3 months of "what has happened to me?". It was awful. I have been following your story as I am hoping you will have good results; slowly but surely! After reading your experience this last 6 months as well as the other sisters on this forum, I knew I had to start with something - there was NO way I could wait. I am open to trying things!!!!! I will start with this progesterone cream that comes highly recommended in many of the books I've read. I pray that we will have success stories to share in the weeks and months to come. Take care, Lori! You have support on this forum. smile 

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      Oh I hope so Finny ! Try everything it has to better than this ! I completely understand I’m going on 5 months of fatigue and depression .im permanently horizontal ! 

      Yes I’ve had it really rough many nights going to bed whilst it’s still light outside . I’d give ANYTHING right now to feel normal or semi normal . 

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