Thank You for this Information

by Chyrise
(Los Angles, CA, USA)

Dear Wray, I’m 41 years old. I was on the pill from age 20 to 27. Around age 30, I began experiencing the first symptoms of hormonal imbalance… hot flashes periodically throughout my menstrual cycle. I suspected it was hormonal, even though my periods were regular. But part of me thought I was too young to have hormonal problems, that was for my mother and grandmother.

Moving forward, my internal medicine doctor tested my hormones and said they were normal so I dropped the subject. By the time I was 32, I had developed a chronic candida infection in my intestines (not to mention I had lots of trouble with vaginal yeast when I had been on the pill). Doctors didn’t believe me, but the internet research I did convinced me that’s what I had. I found a doctor who gave me a prescription antifungal and I felt great after taking it so I knew I had candida. However, no matter how many prescription antifungals, natural antifungals, cleanses, changes in diet etc I tried, the candida would not totally go away. I again suspected my hormones must be playing a role in it. To this day, I still fight low grade intestinal candida, but I manage it with pau darco natural antifungal and diet as best I can. Add to that hair loss, weight gain, and heavier and heavier periods after age 35, and you’ve got a completely miserable and confused person, me!

I began learning about estrogen dominance on the internet and from a book by Suzanne Somers. My symptoms fit perfectly… water retention, heavy periods, frustrating hair loss, candida, anxiety, depression, stubborn weight gain of about 10 extra pounds. I bought some natural progesterone and followed the directions to take around 20-40mg per day. Well, the candida symptoms got worse to the point where I couldn’t function optimally at work, so I had to stop. Again, I was confused and frazzled.

A few days ago, I found your website, thank goodness!! Your explanation of how we should be taking at least 100 to 200mg per day to make sure the ratio of progesterone to estrogen is 600:1 was pure gold to me. And that taking just a little progesterone could cause higher estrogen, priceless. I’ve found no other source that has explained it in this way. Finally, I have a more complete understanding of estrogen dominance. That little bit of extra info could literally be the difference between a great quality of life, or having a completely unenjoyable life as we age. I’ve been taking the higher progesterone dose for two days now and I have to say I feel somewhat better. My hope is that eventually I’ll find the perfect amount for me with trial and error, and all of the annoying, debilitating symptoms I’ve had will begin to subside. I’ve been suffering for ELEVEN years now. I’ve felt dead, literally dead. And completely uncomfortable in my own skin.

All of the extra info you provide like the clinical studies are great too. You’re the woman! Thank you so so much. There may be hope for me yet.

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Dec 09, 2010
Thank You for this Information
by: Wray

Hi Chyrise Bless you for the kind words! As I've just said to Louise, I find it so hard to persuade people that using more progesterone will not harm. But has such benefits, it's so easy to reduce slowly till the optimum is found. It's pointless and costly staying on a high amount if it's not needed. Oestrogen Dominance does not have to be endured for any length of time, and the more progesterone is used the quicker this phase is stopped. Contraceptives can do so much harm, and yet they are still being used by a great many women. Not least they cause Insulin Resistance which causes us to gain weight, get foggy brain, hair loss, anxiety etc. Contraceptives stop ovulation, which means no progesterone is made. But they don't stop the first or follicular phase in our cycle, which means you were making excess oestrogen every month. Oestrogen exacerbates Candida! Please read through this page of ours, it gives info on what to do about it. Plus clinical studies showing how oestrogen worsens candida and progesterone reverses this. In fact using some cream in the vagina is a good idea, it could cause an initial flare up, because progesterone stimulates oestrogen, but this should pass quickly too. Progesterone is an excellent anti-inflammatory too, so if the vagina is dry or inflamed, it's very helpful. It's also an excellent duiretic, so much so it's now given via IV transfusion to brain trauma victims to prevent the inflammation and oedema that occurs, see here, here, and here. Please have a vitamin D test done, a lack of this reduces the benefits of progesterone. Please see the Vitamin D council website for more info. And this video clip Vitamin D and Prevention of Chronic Diseases Take care Wray

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