PCOS battle, 80 lbs of weight gain, emotionally battered

by Sophie

I have a history of PCOS and suspect I have had it throughout my life. I believe it is due to exposure to xenoestrogens and xenobiotics as a baby. I have never had normal periods my entire life until recently when I started thyroid meds.

Starting in my late 20’s I started gaining obscene amounts of weight. I have tried every diet under the sun and been miserable throughout my teens, 20’s and now I am 35 and continue to gain weight. I am currently around 80 lbs overweight and am only 5’3’’. Enough said.

Ultrasounds confirm the cysts but I have normal ratio of FSH:LH. I have insulin resistance diagnosed by the GTT test. I have read a lot about PCOS over this lifespan and the only thing I haven’t tried is progesterone therapy. I was on a hormone group prior but I failed to understand how important progesterone is. So here I am. I am afraid to try the 100-150 mg dose suggested on this site. I am not looking to get pregnant currently so how do I dose progesterone?
One more thing: the only substance ever to give me normal periods is T3 thyroid hormone. I take it and it gives me clock work periods. Earlier I was on a high dose, but started to experience negative effects. I cannot shed weight on lower doses even if I fast. My body is extremely resistant to losing weight and responds well to high starch and low protein/fat, not the other way around.

Can you kind souls give me advice and a shoulder to cry on? I have come so far, suffered a lot and still am every single minute. The only way I feel better is lying down and zoning out, which I am anyways. I cannot concentrate for nuts. I drive only short distances because I am scared I will zone out or get tired and wont be able to come back home.

My symptoms are obscene weight gain, hypothyroid symptoms such as swelling in the legs after sitting down at my PC for a short while, fatigue, cravings like no one’s business, hair like straw (got worse from extreme diets), brain fog, joint pain and food intolerances diagnosed on IgG test. Always gain weight on hips (they literally jut out) but of late its more in my boobs and abdomen area. My cortisol levels are low in range (saliva test). DHEA also low in range.
I have had a hormone test a couple years ago which showed estrogen and progesterone low but progesterone still high with respect to estrogen. High testosterone which comes into range on T3. It was done on CD 48 because my cycles were long back then without thyroid meds. Now I do not know if I ovulate and temps are all over the place, so I am not able to find my mid-luteal phase. I have a feeling that progesterone is my answer. It should help the thyroid as well as the estrogen dominance that my symptoms display. But I am so scared to take the next step without guidance.

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Dec 05, 2018
PCOS battle, 80 lbs of weight gain, emotionally battered
by: Joy

Hi Sophie

You are correct, progesterone will help you with your PCOS and your Estrogen Dominance symptoms. Fatigue and cravings also indicate Insulin Resistance which is common when one suffers from PCOS.

You will battle if you do not use the amount of progesterone suggested on the page, you may even need to use more. I suggest that you use it every day with no breaks for a few months or until your cycle returns to normal, progesterone therapy does disrupt things when first using it. The How to use Progesterone Cream page will explain things in more detail. Progesterone therapy does take time to work, time and patience is needed.

Vitamin D3 is very important. Nothing less than 5,000iu's per day is needed. Optimal range is between 70-100ng/ml. Magnesium and vitamin K2 with no soy are important co-factors needed when taking vitamin D3.

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