by Caroline Lennartsson
I have a history of what I discovered was oestrogen dominance, for most of my menstruating life: terribly heavy, long, debilitating periods, anaemia on and off due to that.
Always unable to tolerate synthetic hormones of every type. When living in Africa I was given tranexamic acid to control bleeding and so avoid hormonal control. I had surgery in johannesburg to burn off endometriosis, tackle pcos cysts and remove a fribrima from an ovary. The good effect of this surgery lasted less than 6 months and I was back to almost haemorrhage style periods.
It was impossible to conceive and we adopted 2 children, I then conceived naturally and had a fantastic pregnancy (the first time I had huge amounts of progesterone in my body!!) After my son was 1 or so, the periods went back to being awful. The NHS could only ever offer the pill.
I had 3 hadfields procedures (cut round nipple, flip back and cut off leaking ducts, sew back) over 4 years on the right breast due to leaking ducts. Not cancer but another sign of oestrogen dominance. This drove me to research my own health and the role of progesterone. Only when I went off piste and didn’t go to an NHS doctor did I find help.
Bio-identical progesterone has changed my life. No side effects as with synthetic hormones, and finding a balance to unopposed oestrogen has helped greatly. I now face an issue where, because the balance or other factors have been out, I face a total hysterectomy in early Nov as my ovaries have become masssive! I have probably not had enough progesterone for a while. I am seeking understanding about going into surgical menopause and am glad that progesterone will help against the hot flushes!
I am so glad to find this site, amazing. Thank you so much Wray. I would appreciate being able to ask about the possible effects and how to manage the hormonal shock of a total hysterectomy!? I have still been having periods up to now and I’m 54!!!
I welcome your expert knowledge.
Thank you , Caroline