Something is missing...

by Ellis
(Alberta, Canada)

I'm 23 years old and for the last 6 years I've had a hormonal imbalance that no one has been able to pin point. Nevertheless, I feel that I am growing closer to the solution than before but am still frustrated by the lack of progress I could be making.

Some symptoms I am experiencing are moodyness, anger, acne around my mouth and chin, and incredible hair loss and scalp tenderness. I have lost about 50% of my hair from the beginning and it comes and goes. I was fortunate enough to discover a great doctor who not only educated me but works well toward making me feel overall healthier and happier. However, I wish that I could meet someone who has these same problems. My doctor truly feels it is a progesterone deficiency and I am being treated accordingly. However, I am still experiencing a lot of the same problems, and my hair is falling out even worse than before.

I hope that there is someone out there who has been experiencing these same problems and can shed some light on the situation and let me know that what I'm feeling is only temporary. 6 years is a long time and at 23, nothing takes a better beating than my self esteem.

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Jun 09, 2011
Something is missing
by: Carol

I am not a doctor but it seems that you definitely have too much Testosterone and not enough Estrogen. You need to find a doctor who specializes in bio-identical hormones. I am not sure if Progesterone on it's own will balance out your hormones. You may need to take both - Estrogen and Progesterone. If you cannot find help, then just taking Progesterone Cream is a start. Good luck.

Jun 12, 2011
by: Kelly

If your doctor feels it is a progesterone deficiency, have you taken a careful look at your exposure to xenoestrogens? These are foreign substances that act sort of like estrogen in the body and occupy the estrogen receptors. Progesterone makes your estrogen receptors more sensitive, so if you still have a large exposure to xenoestrogens then your symptoms will worsen as you begin to increase your progesterone levels.

Xenoestrogens and other hormone disruptors are found everywhere in our modern lives - plastics, soaps, laundry detergents, cosmetics, many foods, etc....

You can find extensive information on xenoestrogens and how to avoid them at Women's Therapeutic Institute It's worth ordering one bottle of their progesterone oil just to get the information that comes with it, but there is a lot of info available for free on the website too. You can also get an evaluation by a physician who specializes in hormonal issues.

Good luck! With persistence, I'm sure you will figure this out.

Jun 13, 2011
my daughter
by: Annette Canada

Hello Ellis, my daughter suffered many of those things to and she is only 15. I started her on Natpro six months ago and I'm pleased to say she is doing wonderful. No acne, no cramps her overall health has improved. I would recommend you start Natpro. If you do start it don't cycle it for the first few months until you get your estrogen under control. Vitamin d is important I give my daughter 2000 iu's a day. If you balance yourself now boy will you a bright future. Wray will probably recommend somethings for your hair loss. Once you get your progesterone levels up it will help your hair. You're not alone many many young women like yourself are struggling needlessly. Hope this helps.

Jun 16, 2011
Something is missing...
by: Wray

Hi Ellis As Carol says, it appears your testosterone is too high. Has anyone checked you for PCOS? I agree you do need progesterone, but how much is he giving you? I recommend 100-200mg/day, anything less merely exacerbates Oestrogen Dominance. I suspect you're not using sufficient, as you still have the symptoms and the hair loss is worse. This can occur when first using progesterone, also when increasing it. It's explained on this page. I've found it essential to make progesterone the dominant hormone. In fact the ratio of progesterone to oestrogen should be 600:1 and over to feel well, see our page on Saliva Tests. We do have more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. But I believe above all that you have a vitamin D deficiency, please have a test done. Living in Canada as you do, you will not be making much. It appears to be a major problem there, see here, here, here and here. For more info on testing etc, see the Vitamin D Council and GrassrootsHealth websites. This is an excellent video to watch too, see here. There are a number of nutrients which help hair growth, please consider taking 5000iu's/day vitamin D, 2000mg/day N-actyl cysteine, 2000mg/day inositol, 2-3mg biotin and 100mg thiamine (B1). Iron is needed, please check your levels before taking any, and there is some evidence the amino acid lysine is beneficial too, see here. Vitamin D is vital for the anagen phase of hair growth, see here, here and here. Take care Wray

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