Liz From UK
When I was younger, up to the age of around 38, I never had PMT AT ALL...people would ask me when my period was due, such as doctors and I would give them a vague response because its interference with my life was so low, I had no reason to care when I was due on.
I had light periods, 5 days long, no period pain. The end.
At around the time of my late 30s I noticed my breasts would swell before my period...I was THRILLED! Big boobs for the first time in my life was a welcome thing for me!.
Looking back, that was the first clue my hormones were changing.
Gradually, over the following years my PMS symptoms increased to include:
Heavy flow and blood clots requiring double sanitary protection.
Breast swelling and tenderness from day 14 of my cycle
Sweats day and night during the week of my period.
Horrendous anxiety attacks, phobias, depression, anger attacks that I was so ashamed off later.
Insomnia (Which I had never had that in my life before)
Spotting 4 to 5 days before my period started (And sweats)
Terrible period pain for the first 24 hours & nausea.
The week of my period I am always sick with flu like symptoms. Aching restless legs, lower back pain, headache, physically drained and weak... I just assumed I had a weak immune system.
I was going through a difficult time in my life 5 years ago too, so I am sure that only made matters worse.
Long story short, I ended up on an anti depressant for the first time in my life.
I am still on it today, albeit on a lower dose and guess what? It didn't help.
It took me years to work out that the mental and physical symptoms that had kicked in gradually had a cycle..and that cycle was my period.
I also had a polyp discovered and removed from my cervix 3 years ago which is apparently another sign of estrogen dominance..
I went to my female YOUNG doctor last year and explained my anxiety was through the roof and felt it was hormone related, ie: Per- menopause
She casually told me I was too young for that as menopause only happened at around the age of 54 so at 43, I was way too young.
She said I could have some blood tests and if my hormones were not balanced she could give me contraceptive pill. (I have never taken the pill in my life)
But even I knew the timing of those test were important...she just booked me in for when it was convenient for her...no mention of my cycle dates... needless to say..I gave up with Doctors.
I have been using Progesterone Plus Serum for 3 weeks... not sure how much I am actually applying as the information is vague, so I also used another cream in conjunction, I feel like I have applied a LOT more than is advised, just dabbing it on morning and more at night.
I did not wait for day 14 to start either, I started as soon as they arrived, I think a few days after my last period.
My cycles are actually always regular and despite the progesterone, this period is no exception. I began flow today after 4 days of night sweats and spotting.
BUT even at this early stage, I never got anxiety nor crippling depression..
I was concerned the progesterone had to be stopped to initiate my period and so slowed it down a little the last tow days...
I now have 4 tubes of Natpro and just wanted to ask:
Do you think I am estrogen dominant based on my story?
If so, should I continue to apply 100mg (is that 5 applications of Natpro?) daily for 3 solid months even during my period?
Many thanks for your website and advise...