Just to be different, let’s make it an English saddle.
The funny part, after all of this, is that I am lacking in Testosterone. My estrogen, of course, was virtually non-existent, but that was entirely predictable. Low testosterone in women can lead to excessive fatigue, memory loss, inability to build muscle/weight loss, lack of stamina, headaches, depression. Does any of this sound vaguely familiar?
Anyway, I was actually happy to get this news. I always feel better when I have concrete answers, and people not just telling me to take more naps. As a friend recently pointed out, it feels as though most of my doctors are telling me to go into hibernation. 🙂 Although I can be a bear when I first awaken, I don’t really want to sleep my life away.
So, now what? Well, my GP wrote out a prescription for some testosterone cream but cautioned me to get the okay from my oncologist first. I called, explained myself, left a message, and waited.
When he called back it was to let me know that I am not allowed testosterone. I knew I had to avoid estrogen, even over-the-counter items (which would help dramatically with hot flashes and night sweats), but I was surprised to learn that testosterone is also off-limits if I want to prevent having Cancer again.
Now, we move into the very LONG way of building testosterone: food and activity and vitamins. These are not off-limits. Anyone who has a problem with cholesterol will find this list very familiar, each of these foods stops your body from converting testosterone to estrogen:
olive oil, olives, avocados, salmon, tuna, nuts
Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Magnesium, and Zinc help increase the body’s natural production of testosterone.
Powerlifting increases testosterone.
Pause for laughter here! POWERLIFTING. Hahahahahahaha. At this point, holding a hair brush for too long causes my muscles to burn. Would helping my daughter do her hair count as powerlifting?
And, of course, sleep helps your body rebuild its stores of testosterone. Yep, hibernation. 😉
So, I have been eating and supplementing and sleeping myself to (hopefully) a tiny lift in testosterone and therefore more energy, stamina, and even a bit of a weight gain (I don’t like the “Twiggy” look on myself haha).
There’s the biggest update…
Blessings to you all…