24 and hormonally deficient, I think
It all started with my excessive hair shedding last fall. I began to research all the possible causes of this shedding and noticed that it came after I took the birth control pill for one month. I now know how dangerous unnatural progestins can be. After taking the pill for a month last spring my periods have remained, yet they have become EXTREMELY light and scanty. They literally last only one full day with 2 days of spotting afterwards and the "full" day is still very light. I have always had around a 3 day period, however, they were never this light. I also suspect that I'm not ovulating which is not good for someone my age.
So now I'm confronted with the very complicated issue of getting my hormones back into balance. I'm taking it upon myself to find the true causes, since I've had little help from doctors. I had mild cervical dysplasia the last time I went to the doctor and requested them to test my hormones, which they discouraged because of the "inaccuracy" of the results.
I also had a severe panic attack in January of this year which sent me to the hospital. I KNOW something was not right, and since then I have completely changed my diet and been searching for reasons and ways to fix myself.
I used progesterone cream for the first time last month for possibly the last 4-5 days of my period (when I purchased my first bottle after reading Dr. Lee's book on pre-menopause). The period was still scanty as ever. Used it again this month for days 15-25 (it came early). I applied it only once daily as I am afraid the estrogen dominance might cause more hair shedding. I developed a strange rash on my upper chest and neck, which is not very red, and mainly is in the form of many pores being raised above the skin giving my skin a rough texture. It is not much bother but it still remains, although I'm now not using it (since it's the first half of my cycle).
Could this be an estrogen dominance symptom? Am I correct in using it for the 2nd half of my cycle?
My hope is that eventually my hormones will be "normal" again and that I will ovulate and that my period will be like it used to be. I'm not trying to have a child, but I feel that someone my age should still have that option. I feel that the scanty periods are a sign of low progesterone in the second half of my cycle when the endometrium is supposed to be building up.
I also hope that my anxiety, depression, and brain fog will become minimal. So far I have not had what I would call success, but I'm not done trying. Any input or encouragement on my situation would be appreciated!