SO frustrated!!!!

by Caitlin
(Canada)

I'm 33 years old. The mother of 2, and never had acne until getting pregnant. I have always had very heavy periods however. Now I have both.

Acne through the whole month and worse during menses. My periods are very painful and debilitating for 3 out of the 6 days it lasts. I started taking the pill, first yaz and periods didn't change. Now ortho tri lo and it made the duration shorter but that's it. My skin has cleared tho but I've gained 15 lbs. I'm not happy being on the pill but clear skin is a bonus. I'm not sure what I should do..please advise.

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Oct 03, 2011
SO frustrated!!!!
by: Wray

Hi Caitlin It's unusual to get Acne while pregnant, as it's excess testosterone which is one culprit. But testosterone will only rise if there is excess glucose in the blood. Glucose drops sex hormone binding globulin, which allows testosterone to rise. Pregnancy can upset blood glucose, maybe your oestrogen was higher than normal, as this upsets it. Another possibility is a lack of vitamin D, this is vital for a healthy skin, please have a test done. For more info see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. This is an excellent video to watch too, see here. You live in Canada where levels are usually very low, see here, here, here and here. Please avoid Contraceptives, they can upset the ovarian cycle. You might like to read what Annette has to say about them, see here and here. She also lives in Canada, and now takes large amounts of vitamin D which she's found helps greatly. She's also been using high amounts of progesterone too. If you should consider using it, please see our page on How to use progesterone cream. But please first read our page on Oestrogen Dominance first. Take care Wray

Oct 03, 2011
Help!!!!
by: Kaur

Hi Wray, I am using 200mg natural progesterone cream for last 6 months. I have hypothyroidism.Taking 100mcg thyroid medication for last 1 year. 100mcg selenium, vit D is 90 but still no benefit. Can't see any improvement. Still weight gain, hairfall, disturb sleep, weak memory. How long it will take to get benefit from natural progesterone cream.

Oct 04, 2011
hypothyroidism
by: Theresa

I would check into Iodine deficency. There is a wonderful group on Yahoo health groups/Iodine group that you can join to get more information. It was started by a thyroid cancer survivor who is now a naturopath. Good info for someone who is hypothyroid. I use progesterone cream and extra iodsine and it has really helped my health.

Oct 06, 2011
Help!!!!
by: Wray

Hi Kaur I wish I could say, other women struggle for this long, some longer. There are so many factors involved in regaining health. It could be you need high dose antioxidants too. You say your vitamin D is 90, but was this done in ng/ml or nmol/L? It's a good level if ng/ml, but far too low if nmol/L. Magnesium is essential for vitamin D to be absorbed, maybe you could consider taking this and see if there's a benefit. There are many other nutrients vital for health, maybe you should consider taking some. To give you an idea of what and the amount too, see this page here. Caps and tabs are usually far too low a dose to have much effect. Selenium is essential for a normal functioning thyroid, but so is iodine. An easy way to find out if the level is low is to get a tincture of iodine. Put 3 drops anywhere on the inner arm, rubbing them in with the dropper. If the patch fades in a few hours it means there's a deficiency. Continue applying it until the patch takes days to fade. Alternatively have a blood test. See here. It could be you need more progesterone, I wish I could say. But you might like to read these comments from other users who have struggled, see here, here, here and here. Take care Wray


Oct 06, 2011
hypothyroidism
by: Wray

Hi Theresa Interestingly I also suggested iodine, low levels have now become a major problem again, see here. And combined with selenium, another essential nutrient for the thyroid, it could help prevent breast cancer, see here. A lack of iodine also causes sore, fibrocystic breasts, here, here, here and here. Take care Wray

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