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Do You Feel Like an Alien in your own body?

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Monday, August 31, 2015

Most Likely It's Your Hormones!


I Want to Help You... Save Your Relationships, Save Your Sanity, Maybe even Your Life!


I'm Barbara Hoffman, author of Hope For Your Hormones and I have spoken with over 100,000 women about Hormone Balance since 1992. And I want to help YOU!

Ladies, I have heard this feeling described repeatedly over these past many years. Women are saying "I just don't feel like myself anymore and it's debilitating." You say "I'm cranky, depressed, bloated, have no energy, cannot focus, can't sleep and my hair is falling out". Some of you say, "I've been told I'm going crazy" by my husband/children/even doctor! You are at your wit's end. What is going on? Guess, what? These symptoms are related to a condition called Estrogen dominance. A woman can have deficient, normal, or excessive estrogen but has little or no progesterone to balance it. This can make you feel like you are literally losing your mind! I have been consulting on natural hormone balance for almost 20 years and I know I can help you!

But... you say, "I've always learned that we need estrogen as we get older because our estrogen disappears. Not the problem! It's progesterone that becomes overwhelmed or diminished, NOT estrogen.


  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia, restless sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Acne
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irregular menstrual flow
  • Depression
  • Anxiety / Panic attacks
  • Osteoporosis, osteopenia
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Breast tenderness
  • Hair loss
  • Mood swings
  • Headache, including migraines
  • Heavy periods
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Infertility
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Urinary frequency
  • Dry eyes
  • Bloating / Fluid retention
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Inability to concentrate

These symptoms may sound common to some of you, but they are not normal! If you have any of them, it is essential to get your hormones back in balance as soon as you can. The symptoms will only get worse especially the weight gain. And who wants that? Natural progesterone créme has helped many women lose weight!

I hear you saying "What Has Happened to Me?" As your ovaries age, their function begins to decline. The progesterone hormone production falls dramatically between the ages of 35 and 50. Progesterone is the "feel good hormone" and you will definitely begin to not feel good! Your estrogen hormones now have undue influence on your body and you are Estrogen Dominant. Sadly, many women have experienced this state since puberty causing them to experience PMS symptoms which they took as "normal". Things are not hopeless! Estrogen Dominance can be stopped and reversed.

When Can Estrogen Dominance Take Over YOUR Life?

  • During peri-menopause or premenopause
  • When you are exposed to xenoestrogens, those environmental toxins and chemicals in the air and food which have an estrogenic effect on the body.
  • When you are taking estrogen replacement therapy or birth control pills that are high in estrogen.
  • When you have a hysterectomy and either your ovaries are removed or are no longer functioning properly. Did you know that even when the ovaries remain, they function sub-optimally after a hysterectomy?
  • When you have had a tubal ligation that affects the function of your ovaries.
  • When stress is a factor in a woman's life. Ha, ha, is there someone who does NOT have stress as a factor?


It's not that difficult! Start now, before things get worse!

  • NUMBER 1 REMEDY: Use natural progesterone créme will usually restore hormonal balance and help a woman "feel like myself" again. Use just 25 days of the month for non-menstruating women and 12 days per month for menstruating women
  • Avoid external sources of estrogen (xenoestrogens from meats, dairy, plastic, petrochemicals, pesticides and herbicides
  • Use a supplement called DIM (diindolyl methane) or Indole-3-Carbinol which encourages your body to excrete excess estrogens. Good for men, too!

You can get back to normal! As I say, "Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life" Has your doctor placed you on synthetic hormones? Is your spouse, mate, child ready to move out? Are your friends worried about you? Do you have a hormone nightmare story? Let's share & get through this together!

Posted by: Mandy
Sunday, May 29, 2016 @ 2:41:03 AM

After reading your article, and then going through all the comments from other women experiencing the same thing, I felt like I was collapsing with relief - yet at the same time, I have had such a horrible, miserable time over the last few years that seems to be getting increasingly much so that I am literally afraid to even get my hopes up that anything will even work for me. I am 39yrs old and although my mother (who passed away 3yrs ago) had a hysterectomy many years ago because of endometriosis, I do have a family history of early menopause - both my maternal aunt and Grandmother went through it very early (my aunt was just as surprised as her doctor was to discover that she was actually already post menopausal around the age of 40) Over the last 3-4yrs, I have had the most random, painful, physically, and mentally debilitating symptoms that all seemed to be such an odd, random assortment of symptoms, and I've been trying - very much in vain - to get help for them for years. Even knowing that there is a family history of it, I knew next to nothing about menopause - I just always thought of it as something that much older women go through where they might have hot flushes/night sweats or whatever, but that their periods would permanently end....sounded pretty good to me! I had NO IDEA that it could take years to get to the point of actual menopause and that those years could be so incredibly horrible. I don't even know really how to put into words just how awful and miserable I feel, not to mention incredibly alone because no one seems to understand and none of my friends my age have began to deal with this yet. I'm positive that I've been labeled quite the hypochondriac, even to the point where I began to question myself. But I know what I'm feeling is real and it is ruining my life. I have never felt such depression, anxiety, FATIGUE, insanely moody, defeated, hopeless, fat, ugly, listless, no joy at all in anything I do - even for things that I used to enjoy. I can't seem to summons up the energy to do anything - even cook dinner, pay bills, or do laundry, not only do I not have the energy or desire to do any of these things anymore - I just don't care. I can't seem to make myself really care about anything. My family is suffering, I'm suffering, and I don't know what to do about it. I feel like my kids are growing up so fast and that I'm basically missing out on it or be able to enjoy them because I just feel so terrible. I really do feel like I am losing my mind and it is incredibly frightening. I desperately want to feel better, feel normal again. Please, please help - no one, not even my own doctor will listen to me and take me seriously.

Posted by: crazylady
Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 6:28:49 PM

I need help!! Long story short. I have had HEAVY LONG, 60 DAYS LONG, PERIODS. Finally went to my gyno, did all the blood tests ultrasounds biopsy of the thicken endometrium, etc.. Everything came back normal with the exception of being anemic, we knew I would be. She put me on Aygestin to stop the bleeding, it worked within 24 hours. Continued like I was prescribed 3 a day for a week then 2 a day for a week. As soon as I stopped them the bleeding started. It is not as bad. Her suggestion, an Ablation. I was going to, had it scheduled, then cancelled. I got to thinking and reading, and realized it is odd that she never did any hormone testing? I literally just want to die, yes extream, but I'm going insane. Mood swings, crying, yelling, my husband can't take it anymore, and neither can I. I just ordered some progesterone cream, do you think it will work???

Posted by: Barbara Hoffman
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 @ 8:55:57 AM

Dear April: Hello! If you react strongly to estrogen, then you did not need it and now you have too much. Uterine Fibroids, heavy bleeding, fibrocystic breasts & cramping are all symptoms of estrogen dominance! I would stick with just progesterone if it were me! email me bhoffman@bhngroup with any more specific questions. Also, if you email me I can send you more hormone information. By the way, estrogen dominance also leads to weight gain, if that is an issue for you. Blessings, Barbara

Posted by: April Hickman
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 @ 10:39:38 AM

I have been taking bio identical hormone replacement for several years. I went through a nightmare perimenopause and menopause with irregular, but profuse bleeding, night sweats and then cold chills, not flashes, no sleeping, extreme anxiety and periods of extreme anger and rage. I had uterine fibroids and also fibrocystic breasts. My periods had always been six days and very heavy with a lot of pain starting at age 12 until age 50. The problem is that the lowest dose of estradiol patch .035micrograms causes me to be really angry and rage. It also causes me to have cramps although I had a complete hysterectomy. So I cut my patch down to about two/thirds. My progesterone troche's help with my mood a lot. Why am I so sensitive mentally to estrodial?

Posted by: Barbara
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 @ 3:41:18 PM

Dear Jenny: Oh, gosh...I want to help! You can turn this around. I am going to email you at the email you left and give you some information that will show you how you can help yourself! Blessings, Barbara

Posted by: Jenny
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 @ 6:12:24 AM

I am at the point where I am fed up with myself. My husband and I are constantly fighting over any little thing. I'm letting the most RIDICULOUS things get to me. It's like my mouth is talking and saying mean/rude things and I can't stop it. I can't recall being like this in the past.. but my irritability and anger is shortly fused. I am not currently on birth control. I got off of it as soon as I got married and that was a decision my husband and I made together. I believe I have a hormonal imbalance ever since I got diagnosed with PID but got treated with some antibiotics. I've always had bad periods but as I'm getting older, I'm starting to feel like I'm losing my mind and becoming easily depressed when getting into an argument with my husband or if something bothers me. I have no children and no best friend to vent to and almost considering getting a shrink. But before I do that, I'd like to find out if what I'm suffering from is hormonal imbalance. So, I'm going to see a new OBGYN next monday and see what she can do for me.

Posted by: Barbara Hoffman
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 @ 11:05:35 AM

Hello, Sherry! I sent you a personal email to answer your questions. Let me know if you need more help. You will prevail! Blessings, Barbara

Posted by: Sherri Dudley
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 @ 5:15:09 PM

Hello, I was just recently diagnosed with low progesterone and high estrogen,high testosterone. Low thyroid adrenal fatigue and high cholesterol. I'm working with a biodentical hormone specialist. He has me on several supplements and i will be starting progesterone cream soon. I also had a tubal ligation six yesrs ago. The past several months I feel like I'm losing my mind! I was feeling better but the past frw days right before my period and even after I started I still dont feel right. I'm really hoping the progesterone will help. Doc seems to think so. I'm really trying to be patient it's just really hard. Aby more advice would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: elizabeth wlls
Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 5:34:00 PM

I went through a horrid and I mean horrid menopause! wiley protocol SAVED me. However i hated the days I was on progesterone as I was SO depressed. My family all my life kidded me that I had way too much serotonin as I was always so happy. This is so true. I recently went to a M.D. getting off Wiley ONLY because of the hope of an oral progesterone may not make me depressed. Well I was wrong it made me horrible depressed and at the very very lowest dose. So thank God and i mean it for Wiley's protocol. I can cut the progesterone safely down. There are many many women who can not tolerate progesterone due to the severe depression it brings. You can look at the statistics. I hope this helps someone praying for help. Elizabeth

Posted by: Adrienne
Monday, May 11, 2015 @ 8:03:50 PM

I took progesterone cream for three days only (100 mg each day) and felt like I was going to lose my mind. Be careful when using. I haven't taken any for 2 days and still feel 'off' whereas I have never felt off before. I am 40, and most people think I'm 30. I look like a zombie after that horrible cream. Nature intended our hormones to fluctuate. We have gotten this far without cream, and I'm going to the next level, cream-less.

Posted by: Barbara Hoffman
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 @ 3:09:34 PM

Dear Kate, I have never heard of progesterone intolerance, because your body makes progesterone throughout your life and copiously during pregnancy. Anyone "progesterone intolerant" would have been suffering since the date of their first period. Sounds as if it could have been high-cortisol (stress hormone) that caused your problems. Did you ever have your cortisol levels checked? Cortisol can be a "thief" of progesterone and no matter how much progesterone you use, you will not get the benefits with the high cortisol level. Progesterone is the feel-good hormone and should have helped you feel great!

Posted by: En
Monday, November 4, 2013 @ 5:49:10 PM

I tried progesterone cream and then pills for almost six months because for years I was on nothing but estrdiol due to a complete hysterectomy ten years ago. It was told it would help with the insomnia and anxiety and I would feel great. Oh my God it was a thousand times worse and they kept saying, it will get better, it will get better, push through. Low dose, high does it was the worst. It was horrible. We tried a low dose and then all the way up to 600 mg, I thought I would die of rage and then was absolutey devoid of joy, crushing depression. I am now back on just estradiol and will stay on it. I have also been reading about something called progesterone intolerant. This whole thing was a nightmare and while it is scary health wise just being on the estrogen, I have no choice. It was such a disapointment, I had such high hopes that at last I could really feel good.

Posted by: jennifer
Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 4:46:38 PM

Someone please help....I have been to doctor after doctor.....phyiratrist tell me its anxiety and depression and something medically here's your anxiety endocrinology doctor did hormone test and said my progesterone should be at 450 and its at 64 so I started taking progesterone pills day 12-26 of my cycle has been a month and I notice no difference..... I have lost my job my relationship with my daughters and boyfriend and family has gotten so horrible....I feel like I am not even me I don't know who I am....I am so lost within myself....I can't sleep...think.... medical symptoms are getting worse day by day....I don't even know what to do with my life any more.....I have such bad anxiety its hard to control even with the meds I don't know what to do anymore.... I lost.... scared.... my oldest daughter who is 16 is ready to run away right now because she can't deal with it anymore.... its been three years since this has started and no change.....someone help please

Posted by: jean
Friday, May 31, 2013 @ 6:36:16 AM

My large family has always joked that we all have 'crazy' hormones... but Its no longer funny. I've had severe PMS and depression since a teenager. I am now 30 and after having to endure panic attacks, extreme fatigue, migraines and constant weight battles... I am now struggling to deal with skin problems. Almost 3 years ago brown pigmentation spots appeared on my face, it now covers most of my forehead, scattered across checks under my eyes... and my personal favourite... the moustache! I immediately searched for remedies. It consumed me. And then... as if I was being punished... I developed bad acne. The big sore hormonal type, that just keep coming. I wonder if from stress? After lots of wasted $$$$ on 2 VERY painful IPL proceedures, a cupboard full of crèmes and prescriptions, and the countless vitamins and suppliments, my face is worse than ever. Now I've got dark spots left from acne scars dotted around. I'm doing my best to keep fighting back out of the dark hole of depression. I have times that I try to forget & carry on with a semi normal life, but it is so hard and easy to revert back to isolation. Last yr I didn't leave the house for 1 month! I miss doing normal things, like a simple swim. I cant face doing anything without loads of make up and when people look at me I am so humiliated. My poor family, I must be very hard work at times. But saddest of all is my 10 yr old daughter has me (the Mum who's a crying mess) as a role model. I need something to help. Of course I am keen to try the progesterone crème, but forgive me as I am weary for fear of disappointment. Will post update on results. Wish me luck.

Posted by: Tresjee Wittman
Sunday, May 8, 2011 @ 11:20:59 AM

I just found your site by watching you on Daystar. I am 38yrs old and recently (last 6 months or less) I have been extremely emotional, irritated and angry. My periods as far as length and duration are the same but my swings are not. I do have trouble sleeping, weight gain in the mid section, and some of the other symptoms listed. How often do I take the progesterone cream? Will that help me sleep again?

Posted by: ava garza
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 1:01:38 PM

PLEASE HELP ME :-( i am 28yrs old and i have had these symptoms my whole life. i have been on the hunt for something to make me feel better, but my 8yr married life is killing me, husband will not listen to me. he only listens to the doctors "psyciatrist" that said i am bipolar. to hear the words "oh so your cured now that you read that book" kills me and i want to give up and take the pills that they prescribed to me that make me sleep all day and have the worst side affects. i know i am not crazy, but its like 'climbing a mountain in a wheel chair'. i've just been enduring and that is slowly killing me too. i actually have a bottle of progesta-care that i bought a year ago sitting next to me. but i don't want to take it and then my husband thinks its the oxcarbazepin making me feel better. please help me, all the women in my family show signs of this. the internet is the only place i even heard of progesterone.

Posted by: rachel
Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 7:27:43 PM

i am using a birth control implant ,can you use this cream while on it the implant is called implanon

Posted by: tubal reversal
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 3:02:28 AM

are all these symptoms are related with hormone imbalance?

Posted by: Kate
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 @ 12:04:59 AM

I'm in tears right now out of relief that there may be help for me :) Until four years ago I weighed 123 lbs, had 14.5 % body fat, wore a size 4, worked out regularly, felt & looked fabulous, especially for a grandmother! I've been from doctor to doctor with the exact symptoms you describe, with an unbelievable weight gain of 50 lbs & no energy from not sleeping & carrying around this extra weight. (I've never been heavy before) The last doctor who was supposed to be a specialist (endocrinologist) told me I'm just depressed & require antidepressants,for which he was delighted to give me samples. At 52 he never ordered blood work to test my hormone levels or mention it might be menopause. I declined the depression RX but did end up w/an anti-anxiety & sleep RX from my regular M.D. This doctor's P.A. wanted to send me to a special lab for a hormone panel but it was cost prohibitive at $400 not covered by insurance. I am so excited to hear that the progesterone may help. I'm getting some a.s.a.p. Thank you so much for this site & God Bless you!

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