Child with PCOS symptoms...like me (her mother)
I've been reading your site all day, as I have fought with hormonal imbalance since my early childhood, even before my menstruation ever started; I am now 38 years old and am still experiencing extreme hormonal imbalance. I have been diagnosed with insulin resistance and PCOS. I have ALWAYS had irregular menstrual cycles, and when I first tried to conceive, I had extremely low, almost non-existent, progesterone levels which resulted in 2 early miscarriages. I even tried Clomid fertility treatment to no avail; my OB/GYN still could not tell if or when I ovulated, even with Clomid. I tried birth control in my early 20's but couldn't tolerate it as I experienced EXTREME mood swings, so have never taken it since. I am very anxious, as are both of my daughters, my father, and all 4 of my brothers (I have no sisters). I had saliva tests done a few years ago, after my 2nd daughter was born (2008). While I had a 'normal' diurnal cortisol pattern, my cortisol levels were consistently low throughout the day. My progesterone was 39 pg/ml, estradiol was 2.2 pg/ml at the time. My Pg/E2 ratio was only 18. I also have hypothyroidism, which I am not able to treat due to slow adrenal function, as it makes me feel worse to treat it. This is a brief summary of my issues -- I could go on but the message would be quite lengthy.
I had both of my children via C-section. My youngest daughter seems to be on the road to hormonal imbalance already, as at 3 years of age, she is overweight (50 lbs.) and has STRONG sugar/carb cravings/addiction (as do I and my oldest daughter).
I am writing not only about myself, but about my 9 year old daughter who appears to be having the same issues that I have had. She has had body odor (armpit area) since about 4 years old. She progressed to armpit and pubic hair growth by the age of about 6, and over the past few years, she has been getting acne, especially blackheads, all over her T line on her face (forehead, nose, chin). She is also developing breasts over the past year, but she has not yet started her menstrual cycle. She is extremely anxious and very apprehensive in social situations. She is very moody, and loses her temper over simple things and gets into rages at times over trivial matters. I recall doing the same thing as a child, and still struggle with those rage/anger feelings often. Her serum serotonin levels have been tested and shown low results. She has a high serum calcium level and high ionized calcium, both of which fluctuate only slightly. She also has LOW cholesterol.
I was wondering if you have any advice as to whether I should try progesterone cream on her at this early age. I am trying to help her imbalances as early as possible, in hopes of warding off the worst of symptoms later in life, as I've experienced. In addition, I am taking ProGest cream, 20mg per day (days 12-26), but stopped on day 26 and felt AWFUL after stopping. My period started about 7 days afterward, and has been heavy with clots. I want to try NatPro and would like to know what dose you think I should start with. Thanks for any advice you may have!