Confused

by Becki DiRubio
(Morgan Hill, CA U.S.A.)

Within the last few months I have had my hormones tested. Although Estrogen and Progesterone were in normal ranges, the ratio was low. The report stated I had estrogen dominance. I found a Dr. and borrowing money from my mother-in-law went to see him, which he prescribed oral progesterone pills in 100 mg. Didn't do anything so he up to 200 mg. My breast started hurting more and felt more cramps than normal. Went off it all and have tried every natural herbal remedy. Vitex, and on and on to no avail! Recently started progesterone cream by Progest and don't feel much different. Main problems are sleeplessness, bad irritability and mood swings. Weight gain and tired all the time. But the worst is I don't want to be here on earth anymore! The depression is the hardest. Please help! I am willing to try your product but need to save up for it. My husband is on workmans comp so stress is a big deal in our family of 4. I do have some progest left. If you could help with some info I would soooo appreciate it. Feel sooo desperate! I am also 47. When I start your product what dose do you think I should use? I read where you suggest 100-200mg. Why so much higher than the normal amount everyone else is suggesting? Thank you,
Becki DiRubio

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Sep 03, 2012
Confused
by: Wray

Hi Becki I'm pleased they checked your ratio, it very rarely is. It's this which is the critical factor and not the amount of each hormone. Oral progesterone is the least effective Delivery system, as most gets destroyed in the gut and liver, leaving little to help. Too low an amount can cause Oestrogen Dominance symptoms, one of which is Breast Tenderness, cramps too. Progesterone is very effective at stopping these. Unfortunately vitex doesn't contain progesterone, doesn't raise levels and can in fact raise oestrogen, as it has a mild oestrogenic affect. Oestrogen is an excitatory, inflammatory hormone, using too little progesterone will stimulate it, resulting in those symptoms you've given. This is the reason I suggest far more than other people. Unfortunately it is trial and error too, no one size fits all. Some women need far more than others, many using 400mg/day initially then reducing it when stable, see here. We do have a page on Anxiety and depression, there are many nutrients which help. Progesterone does too, but is more costly if it's the sole thing used, a combo is the best. If you have some protest left, please try doubling the amount you're using. If this doesn't help, triple the original amount. This will give you some idea of how much you need. It does need to be used a minimum of twice a day too. You'll find our product is more cost effective too, it's about half the cost of the one you're using. I feel you are probably short of vitamin D too, this can lead to depression, see here, here, here, here and here. Continued below.

Sep 03, 2012
Confused Part 2
by: Wray

Hi Becki When you can, please have a vitamin D test done. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth, Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml (175-250nmol/L) and not the 30ng/ml (75nmol/L) most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Birmingham Hospital runs the cheapest tests, about $47, they send out kits, and send the info back via email. Take care Wray

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