Progesterone therapy and Lipedema
First of all, I want to apologize for any messy English on my part, it's not my first language and even though I understand almost everything and love to hear and speak it, I am not the most accomplished writer.
But I feel that there is a lot of knowledge and experience to find here, so I wanted to ask or just start a conversation that maybe lead to something.
I am a 27 year old woman suffering from Lipedma (I guess stage 1) - an illness that's not widely known. And after years of doing fine with healthy food choices I stumbled upon estrogen dominance or let's say relative progesterone deficit. So I think I don't really have a progesterone deficit, but in comparison to my estrogen level that is the hormone that is stronger in my body.
That was a relevation. All the symptoms I have fit the category.
And I am thinking about trying some experimentaion with progestorone therapy. I am aware that this is not recommended, because messing with hormones can get you in trouble. But the doctors are living in the middle ages where I live, especially concearning estrogene dominance (they still love estrogene for everything here) and are very reluctant to even check your hormone levels.
In combination with Lipedema I feel that there is simply no chance to find a doc who would go this way with me.
So far, I tried taking Alchemilla vulgaris for it is known for it's hormonal harmonisation, but I felt it made all my symptoms worse.
Now I am taking mexican wild yam again (I know that it doesn't contain progestorone or even stimulates progestorone synthesis or something like this). I used to take it a few years ago as an alternative fo birth control and I think I lost some weight during this time. But I've only been taking it for a week or so, so I can't really say anything yet.
Is there anybody who can share some experience with progesterone and Lipedema, or Lipedema related symptomes, like fat gain in calves and knees, or edema in general?
I think it is pretty 'new' to take the progesterone approach to Lipedema, so I'd be really suprised if there is somebody out there with knowledge to share, but I still wanted to ask. Anything can help me and other woman out there understand the mechanism.
And I hope I can use this site to share what I experience during my journey.
I will start very carefully, I plan to even try homeopathic progesterone (it's totally ok if some of you have a sceptical view on homeopathy) before I dip into the progesterone creams.
So, I know this was a wall of text, with not much information and not really a direct question, but I am hoping for more of a wisdom share anyway. Anything can help :)