25 and suffering from estrogen dominance

by Maria

Hey Wray, I first want to thank you for your knowledge, integrity and more importantly for wanting to share those with others. I am a 25 year old female who has had estrogen dominance for several years (self diagnosed). I have everything on the book including:

* fatigue
* water retention after ovulation (I still ovulate, as far as I know)
* mood swings
* thinned skin
* varicose veins
* hypoglycemia due to hyperactive insulin response
* painful and irregular periods (I get them every 40-45 days)
* thinning hair
* hirsutism
* and now weigh gain in both my mid section and hip area

My symptoms are not noticeable to others as I have very clear skin and none of the things I mentioned above are horrible... YET!

Also, I KNOW that these are due to estrogen dominance and not generalized aging because I am VERY aware of what's going on in my body. I have done blood serum tests and everything seems fine although no one has every checked my progesterone level (go figure).

My question to you is... Can I start progesterone therapy slowly i.e. a lower dose? I am soooo scared to start with the higher dose (100- 200 mg) as my body is usually very sensitive/reactive to any changes. Also, if I go organic with everything I eat and am conscious of the environmental xenoestorgen, do I need to do progesterone therapy forever? If so how do I decide on the dosage? What is a normal dosage for maintenance?

Thank you so much in advance.

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May 09, 2011
25 and suffering from estrogen dominance
by: Wray

Hi Maria Thanks so much for the kind words! Most of the time we do have to self diagnose, although this usually brings down the wrath of the doctors! Your symptoms make me suspect PCOS, has anyone thought to check this? Oestrogen can be normal to high, although testosterone is usually high, and yet you say your levels were normal. But for them not to have checked progesterone too is daft, that plays a huge role in our monthly cycle. If you should consider further testing, please think about Saliva Tests, these are more accurate. From the tests we run regularly, we've found the progesterone to oestrogen ratio should be 600:1 and over to feel well. You might also like to see our page on How to use progesterone cream if you should consider using it. I can understand your apprehension about using a high amount, but I can assure you it really is the best way to go. The Oestrogen Dominance symptoms, which often occur, are far worse on a low or slowly increasing amount. So yes of course you can do as you suggest, and see how you get on. If you find the symptoms too much to cope with, please increase it. I always recommend experimenting, no one knows our bodies as we do, and each one of us is different. You might find you are fine with a lower amount, no one can tell until you've tried it. Progesterone and it's metabolite, allopregnanolone, are potent analgesics, please rub it on your tummy for the painful periods. I also suspect you are short of vitamin D, this is a potent anti-inflammatory too. Plus it's vital for the ovaries to function normally. A low level also reduces the benefits of progesterone. I'm running out of space, so will start a new comment below. Take care Wray

May 09, 2011
25 and suffering from estrogen dominance
by: Wray

Hi Maria Please have a test done, for more info please see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. This is an excellent video to watch too, see here. I would hope that if you can go organic, and avoid the xenoestrogens (difficult!), that you wouldn't need it forever. Although I might add that my daughter, who started using it at 14, is still using it, and is now 29. It's very protective, plus excellent for the skin. As for a maintenance amount, it's difficult to tell you. I've found the amount can vary daily, it depends on so many factors. Dark winter days depress levels, large meals too, a lack of vitamin D, excess oestrogen in our food, water and air, phytoestrogens in food, stress in particular, and more. It really is a question of trial and error. Take care Wray

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