2014-04-14 I get estrogen dominant again and again. It bothers me least in the third week of my cycle (1st day of cycle = 1st day of period). The others weeks, it creeps up all the time. My symptoms are:
- Feeling hopeless
- Feeling insecure
- Feeling negative feelings towards other people (I’m getting paranoid)
- Magnesium deficiency
- Potassium deficiency
- Pain (left side of body hurts really bad, right side less so)
- If I’m menstruation: heavy bleeding
- White poop, the gallbladder sphinxter cramps up
- Low energy
- Gaining weight
- Boils? Did get some new ones, so am not sure yet
- Foggy brain
- Memory gets worse
A lot of these symptoms are also symptoms of hypothyroidism, see “Thyroid” below.
Tiredness is really the most debilitating of these symptoms. When I let this get bad (if I don’t get what’s going on) it takes quite some time and quite a lot of progesterone cream to reverse it.
- Progesterone cream
- Boron as borax, capsule nr 3 = 30 mg boron
- Vitamin A
- Maca (balances hormones)
- Get magnesium and potassium levels back up
- Magnesium Phosphorica 6x
- Kalium Phosphoricum 6x
- Making sure the digestion works properly and isn’t sluggish. One bowel movement a day minimal.
- Helping the liver detox:
- More liver detoxifier pills and Super Enzymes. Both from Now Foods.
- B6 as p5p
- Turmeric (detox)
- Earthclinic says: Evening Primrose oil, never tried this though
- DIM (blocks estrogen, so only a treatment of symptoms).
- Calcium-d-glucarate (detox)
- Helping the adrenals:
- http://www.drrind.com/therapies/estrogen-dominance#connection ( In summary, fixing adrenal function and estrogen dominance go hand-in-hand and it is therefore difficult to fix one while ignoring the other.)
- Vitamin C
- B5 (adrenals)
- Vitamin C (adrenals)
- Progesterone cream, 1 pump
- Two Liver Detoxifier and two Super Enzymes on empty stomach
- Sometimes, when I’m extremely tired it helps to take some natural thyroid hormone to offset the thyroid binding effect of the estrogen
- Magnesium chloride and potassium chloride in water
Adrenal fatigue and ED are very similar in their symptom presentation and share a lot in common. Most women who have one tend to have the other to some degree. They have the following relationship:
- Progesterone goes on to become cortisol as well as other hormones.
- Most ED is due to insufficient progesterone and therefore there is a low cortisol production.
- Most adrenal fatigue involves an inability to keep up with cortisol production.
- When the adrenals are stressed, the increased need for cortisol depletes the progesterone levels used in making cortisol. As more progesterone is shunted or sequestered to make cortisol, less is available to balance off the estrogen. Another common reason for low progesterone levels is an anovulatory cycle (a menstrual cycle in which there is no ovulation). Without the ovulation there is no corpus luteum to make additional progesterone for the cycle. The lowered progesterone level leaves us with an excessive estrogenic effect due to deficiency of progesterone.
In summary, fixing adrenal function and estrogen dominance go hand-in-hand and it is therefore difficult to fix one while ignoring the other.
Estrogen dominance causes the liver to produce high levels of a protein called “thyroid binding globulin”, which, as its name suggests, binds the thyroid hormone and decreases the amount of thyroid hormone that can be assimilated into and utilized by the cells.
This will lead to symptoms of hypothyroidism: feeling cold, sluggish, low energy, edema, brain being foggy, etc.
- Constipation (estrogen accumulates in the body)
- Too much sugar or carbs
- Adrenal fatigue
- http://www.drrind.com/therapies/estrogen-dominance#connection Another common reason for low progesterone levels is an anovulatory cycle (a menstrual cycle in which there is no ovulation). Without the ovulation there is no corpus luteum to make additional progesterone for the cycle)