by Mary

I had a hysterectomy in 2012 May, but kept my ovaries. I started noticing a lot of swelling in my lower extremities, i.e. legs, calves and feet. Despite all of my exercise and weight training and eating whole foods, nothing helped. I went to a Dr. where I live and she did both a blood and spit test to determine my vitamin, mineral, adrenals, iron levels. I was at an 8 on a scale of a menopausal woman from a scale of 12-200. My estrogen was not significant but I was estrogen dominant at the time due to such low progesterone levels. I was put on 20Mg of Bio Progesterone and an Iron and multi Vitamin regimen and felt great and lost 10 lbs within a couple of months. My weight started to creep in November but I now, after reading all the blogs, think it was due to low D3 levels in addition to my ever declining progesterone levels due to my hysterectomy. I started to get extremely bloated, and had a lot of puffines in my legs, hands and feel around April and after reading articles on this site, went up from 40mg/day to 100 and I have been doing so for over a week but seemed to feel worse. Is it possible that I was so low again in progesterone that it will take a while to get to a level of progesterone dominance? Should I continue or back off of the higher dosage? This puffiness is making me miserable and it is almost swim suit season. Help!

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Jun 01, 2014
by: Joy

Hi Mary

All your symptoms point to being Estrogen Dominance, you are definitely not using enough progesterone. It is also most important that the correct progesterone concentration is used. Things will only improve once progesterone has become the dominant hormone. Please read How to use Progesterone Cream.

When you say your Vitamin D level is low, then this would also account for your adverse symptoms as a vitamin D deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone. If the progesterone cream that you are using is not correct and your vitamin D level is low, you really are not getting the required amount of progesterone.

Hope this helps.

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