Hormone chaos after weight loss
When I got to age 40, I realised I must do something to lose weight and started exercising and eating healthily. I lost 20lbs in 20 weeks then everything went crazy.
My periods became erratic, I would gain 7lb in the pre-menstrual week and keep it for 10 days at least. I get breast tenderness that lasts over 2 weeks (although only every few months) and had a breast cyst appear suddenly. Also I get bouts of hot flashes every few months and insomnia to go with it. For me the inability to lose any more weight is making me very sad, I have kept up the exercise and healthy eating for 2 years but not lost a single lb.
I had read about oestrogen dominance and wondered if my body was reacting to me losing some fat and then putting a 'block' on any more being lost.
Living in the UK, it's difficult buying progesterone cream, but I got some and have used for 2 months. The first month my symptoms got worse, the second month I skipped a period, but felt like I was ovulating so got confused as to when to use the cream again. I just hope with continued use of the cream I can lose some more weight as I have 36% body fat and I know that's bad.