I’m 53 and thought I was in menopause. I was happily on bioidentical hormones (estradiol patch, progesterone pill and testosterone cream), but I began Keto and IF (16:8) about 6 weeks ago just to lose weight and get healthier.
Two things happened within the first few weeks: 1) I discovered Leptin! After years of thinking that my “hunger” was psychological, I now see that it was physiological. That was lovely.
- My hormones got really screwed up. First, it was breast tenderness (like when I was pregnant), followed by a full period (first one in 2 years), a lot more fatigue in general and especially when trying to workout. I went from 6 days a week of working out to 3, and even then, I haven’t been able to make it through a HIIT cardio session once. I feel like I have lead weights attached to me. It’s all I can do to make it halfway through - not at all typical for me.
I figured I was still adjusting to Keto, so I’ve stopped exercising. But then I noticed I was tired in the afternoon and evening, too.
So I’m investigating – could it be electrolytes? I’ve been taking sea salt and water through the day. Magnesium? I ordered Dr. Dean’s ReMag, ReMyte and ReAlign - just started 3 days ago. No difference. I eat salad (potassium) most days.
Then I thought - what if it’s the obvious? The bioidentical hormones? My doc is not opposed to Keto, but she has zero experience with it. And I get the sense that she’s never de-prescribed hormones.
Anybody else have experience with going off of bioidentical hormones?