Signs of Estrogen Dominance or Deficiency

estrogen-dominance-or-deficiencyEstrogen, a group of female sex hormones, has a very important effect on your mental clarity, emotional stability and physical vitality. Estrogen dominance, or deficiency, can be the cause of your monthly mood swings, depression and PMS or premenopausal symptoms.

So to find relief for your menstrual cycle symptoms, it’s important to have some basic understanding of what estrogen is and what is does.

The Role of Estrogen

Simply put, estrogen is what makes you a woman, and it’s the essence of your femininity. It makes your skin supple and glowing, your eyes sparkling, your breasts full, your mind sharp and clear, and your mood uplifted and stable. It regulates your menstrual cycle and keeps you youthful.

Good stuff, right? But the fluctuation of estrogen and its excesses or deficiencies can also create a whole slew of problems for you during your menstrual cycles and at various stages of your life.

Estrogen Fluctuations During Your Monthly Cycle

When you start your period, your estrogen level is very low. It starts to increase after your menstruation and reaches its monthly peak at ovulation (12-16 days before your next period). It’s on a path of slow decline after that, followed by a slight peaking again about one week after your ovulation. Then, unless you’re pregnant, the production of estrogen bottoms out again until your next cycle starts.

A Quick Way to Gauge Your Estrogen Level

No two women are alike. And even if your estrogen level falls within the normal range via a blood test, that doesn’t really tell you much. Luckily, your body provides some very useful clues on how well you respond to its fluctuations, and if you have a balanced level of its production.

In his book "Natural Hormone Balance for Women," Dr. Uzzi Reiss, an M.D., gynecologist, and expert in women’s hormone issues, offers a simple way to gauge your own estrogen level.

Assuming you have a 28-day cycle, if you feel best from day seven to day fourteen, that means your body likes a higher level of estrogen. If you feel good only during this period, you are probably estrogen deficient. If you are estrogen deficient, you are also likely to suffer from specific menstrual cycle symptoms a few days before and during your period.

If your symptoms are mostly premenstrual (from ovulation to the onset of your menstruation), it may indicate that you suffer from hormonal imbalance – interplay between estrogen and progesterone.

Signs of Estrogen Deficiency

Depression

Minor anxiety

Emotional instability

Feeling of despair, crying easily

Poor concentration, mental fogginess

Forgetfulness

Fatigue

Difficulty falling asleep

Headaches/migraines

Increased back and joint pain

Hot flashes

Night sweats

Episodes of rapid heartbeat

Dry eye, skin and vagina

Low libido (sex drive)

Vaginal and/or bladder infections

Painful intercourse

Signs of Estrogen Dominance

Fibroids

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Ovarian cysts

PMS

Heavy menstrual bleeding

Menstrual blood that is dark red or with black clots

Nervousness, irritability, impatience

Mood swings

Breast tenderness or pain

Increase of breast size

Water retention, swollen figures and legs

Bloating

Pelvic cramps

Weight gain

Nausea

Sugar cravings

Sleep disturbances

Recommendations

1. The first step to balancing and optimizing your hormones is to understand how estrogen affects you. I encourage you to track your menstrual cycles for at least two consecutive months, find out if and when you ovulate, and chart out how your symptoms change during a given cycle. If you haven’t done so yet, begin today by signing up for our Free Period and Ovulation Tracker.

2. For further reading, I recommend Natural Hormone Balance for Women by Dr. Uzzi Reiss, MD. It contains good information, and it's easy to read for a non-medical person. Many of our community members also like Dr. John Lee's Hormone Balance Made Simple: The Essential How-to Guide to Symptoms, Dosage, Timing and More.

3. If you're looking for a supplement that helps balance your hormones and reduce estrogen dominance, I recommend Nature's Way Dim-Plus Capsules. 

DIM-plus contains diindolylmethane, a phytonutrient found in cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. It supports the activity of enzymes that improve estrogen metabolism.

The product has received good reviews from women. Check out what they say about Dim-Plus. 

You can also try a natural, bio-identical progesterone cream to counter balanace the estrogen dominance. It can be quite effective in releasing those unpleasant symptoms. Emerita Pro-gest Cream is the best selling progesterone cream on Amazon and it's received many good reviews.

4. If you suspect you may have estrogen deficiency, especially during perimenopause or menopause, you may consider trying Smoky Mountain's Natural Bioidentical Estrogen/Estriol Cream, the best selling estrogen cream on Amazon. 

5. Don't let the pain of hormone imbalance weigh you down, let it become the catalyst for you to create some positive changes in your health - and in your life! Get started by signing up to receive your FREE Step-by-Step Guide to Balance Your Hormones and Harmonize Your Menstrual Cycles!



Jing Jin, Chief Harmony Officer
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Pam
# Pam 2015-03-23 17:50
Hi!

I am only 32 years of age and since I had a still birth a year ago my body has been out of whack. I have had extreme lower back pain for years and continued during and after pregnancy. I have Endometriosis as well. I have been very dizzy/fainty to the point it wakes me up and cannot sleep well. My whole body gets itchy, breast are always tender, very fatigued most of the day, get Migraines/heada ches right before my period, depressed a lot of the time, cry at everything (a lot of times when I'm eating), joint pain, Poor concentration, mental fogginess, Forgetfulness, dry eyes and Episodes of rapid heartbeat. It seems I am estrogen deficient BUT I also have a Blood Clot Disorder and was told not to take birth control pills anymore with Estrogen as it increases blood clots. Not sure what to do at this point but I'm desperate. What are your thoughts? I went to an endocrinologist and all my hormones and Thyroid came back normal. All my blood work is great, MRIs are also great....No doctor can find anything clinically wrong with me but I assure you I am not feeling good and it's a scary feeling. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks-P
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holly g
# holly g 2014-08-29 13:42
Hi there. I am struggling to know what hormones are affecting me. Ever since I started my periods around age 14 I have had terrible anxiety which now 11 yes on is a chronic disorder. I also suffer on and off with fairly bad depression too. Plus, my joints and muscles ache daily.I was diagnosed with PCOS about 2yrs ago but I suspect I've had it for a lot longer as my periods were never regular from the start. I have tried various pills, such as Yasmin
and dinette, yaz made me feel good at first, then really crazy and angry after a few months. And diannette I've tried twice and both times made me terribly depressed. So I know take nothing, I did use agnus cactus for about 6months and that gave me a period every 5-7weeks, but I recently stopped taking this for my upcoming blood tests. I have noticed and logged over the last 2months that I get angry tearful and down about 10-15days before period which I'm guessing is PMS, then when on period I feel calmer and better every time, but then the day I stop my period it is AWFUL. I get severe depression, suicidal, extreme anxiety, fogginess and I feel so awful. Especially the depression and anxiety. How comes this happens after my period and ever uh time I'm on, I feel calmer? I know straight after period your estrogen climbs quickly, so am I sensitive to estrogen? I had my progesterone levels checked twice in last few weeks as I think its low, and first reading wasb3.9 and the other was then 36! I'm so confused, but it is ruining my life. Is it estrogen or progesterone that's the problem? I'm so scared to try another pill as I end up crazy non them but I think I will have to :( thanks so much
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Camran Jenson
# Camran Jenson 2014-05-10 17:16
Hello - I am 49 and still can't nail down if I'm estrogen dominant or deficient. I am skipping periods for months at a time, and then I will experience a very severe acne breakout on my chin,jaw and neck. Then I will spot just a bit for a few days and this stops and the acne hangs out and almost clears up - this goes on for a few months and then bam! it starts all over again. The acne is driving me crazy! I'm humiliated and embarrassed and don't want to go out in public, even to work! I also have weight gain in my tummy area (new to me since I've always had a flat tummy). I have never had children (I'm told this is important in determining hormone issues) my hair is thinning somewhat at the top/front of my head and seems to feel dry & brittle. I also have some tendon (not joint) pain in my wrists, fingers, ankles, and toes. I have a stressful job where I work long stressful hours, don't get much exercise, and eat dinner late. I know these things are bad and I'm working on those. I actually sleep most nights, eat organic whole foods,and drink a fair amount of good quality water and take a good quality vitamin. So I'm confused that I have these symptoms of acne and tendon pain. However, from the symptoms I've described, can you tell me if you think I'm dominant or deficient? Thank you for your help!
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Les
# Les 2015-03-20 02:33
sounds like a thyroid problem please go see your Doc
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Sofia
# Sofia 2013-12-16 06:33
Should Dim Plus be taken for low estrogen and estrogen dominance? Also, is it safe if trying to conceive?

Thank you
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Mel
# Mel 2013-12-14 13:51
Hi I'd log some help please. I'm 35 and since I turned 30 and 2 yrs after the birth of my daughter I've suffered badly. I'm Irritable, angry and sometimes I love my life and husband and other time side rather be someone else. Generally I'm ok after period to ovulation and then after ovulation I get so tired, hate everyone and sometimes get sore breasts.
This month is different though and felt rubbish since period and just waiting to ovulate. All blood tests for hormones are normal. I've tried herbs for increasing proestrogen and estrogen and tried proestrogen pessaries. I just can't figure out if I'm estrogen deficient or dominant and I'm confusing my body more trying different herbs as I can't decide
Thanks
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Karine
# Karine 2013-11-28 06:40
Hello. I'm so glad to have found this website, as it's one of the first that seems to touch on some of the experiences I've been having. I had similar problems about 6 months after the birth of my second child (in 2010), but this past month I have been experiencing a lot of anxiety, fearfulness, gastric distress (like I've experienced in extreme stress situations), a couple instances of lightheadedness (where I had to lie down), feelings of despair, insomnia, one or two instances of rapid heart rate, dry mouth, lack of hunger, night sweats (sometimes) or hypoglycemia. There are more, but those are the worst. It's been awful. The few periods leading up to this were also more scant than usual, and looking back I did have some of the others symptoms (anxiety) more so than usual. It has felt like I am in a full-on stress response, to be honest. I just started seeing an accupuncturist where I live, and she diagnosed me with kidney (and spleen) deficiency (something I've been heard before). How does kidney defiency then relate to estrogen? Does it cause an increase or decrease? Do you know if b6 is good for either?
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Jing
# Jing 2013-11-28 08:32
Hi Karine, I'm so glad you've found us! It's wonderful that you're seeing an acupuncturist. I too am a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In TCM the kidney adrenal network plays a very important role in women's reproductive health. In part, it houses our energy reserves and essence. So as we age, our essence slowly declines. In the conventional medicine, this is translated into the decline of sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. From your symptoms, you might have been experiencing adrenal fatigue/exhaust ion. When you are under prolonged stress, your body secretes excessive level of cortisol stress hormone. Over time, it steals from other hormones such as DHEA and progesterone. DHEA is the mother hormone of estrogen and testosterone, hence estrogen and/or progesterone deficiency -- kidney deficiency in TCM. So it's very important to look at every areas of your life and come up with a plan to manage stress and create a healthier lifestyle. The good news is that adrenal fatigue is reversible. Many women in our community are on a similar journey, and we're here to support you! Please join us by signing up as a free member and share your thoughts, feelings, an experiences with us. Simply click on the sign up button at the very top of the page. We look forward to "seeing" you inside :)
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Jing
# Jing 2013-11-28 08:27
Hi Karine, I'm so glad you've found us! It's wonderful that you're seeing an acupuncturist. I too am a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In TCM the kidney adrenal network plays a very important role in women's reproductive health. In part, it houses our energy reserves and essence. So as we age, our essence slowly declines. In the conventional medicine, this is translated into the decline of sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. From your symptoms, you might have been experiencing adrenal fatigue/exhaust ion. When you are under prolonged stress, your body secretes excessive level of cortisol stress hormone. Over time, it steals from other hormones such as DHEA and progesterone. DHEA is the mother hormone of estrogen and testosterone, hence estrogen and/or progesterone deficiency, or kidney deficiency in TCM. So it's very important to look at every areas of your life and come up with a plan to manage stress and create a healthier lifestyle. The good news is that adrenal fatigue is reversible. Many women in our community are on a similar journey, and we're here to support you! Please join us by signing up as a free member and sharing your thoughts, feelings, an experiences with us. Simply click on the sign up bottom at the very top of the page. We look forward to "seeing" you inside :)
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Molly Waterbury
# Molly Waterbury 2013-11-26 15:07
Hi. I am 39 years old and for the past two years my cycle, which forever has been exactly 26 days, has started to fluctuate. 22 days, 28 days, 23 days, 25 days, etc. I also experience intermittent night sweats, facial flushing, and fatigue. The fatigue and brain fog are the worst. I usually get it the day before my cycle starts, and lasts through most of my period. I also have it intermittently up until I ovulate. Then, I feel great for the last two weeks of my cycle. My doc checked my estrodial levels, which tested low. She offered HRT, which I declined. Does this sound like estrogen deficiency? She said I was in Peri. My mom went through menopause at age 43. Should I get any other hormone levels checked? Would the smoky mountain cream work? I just need to get past this fog and fatigue.....
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Jing
# Jing 2013-11-27 08:10
Molly, it sounds like you might have signs of estrogen deficiency. Your level of estrodial was tested low and you experienced hot flashes and night sweats. Organic soy beans and black beans are rich in phytoestrogens, and they are good foods to add to your diet. You can try out the Smoky Mountain Cream to see if it helps you. Additionally, you might also consider getting your thyroid and DHEA hormones checked so you can have a broader picture of what's going on in your endocrine system. Hope this helps. Please take good care Molly!
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Jen
# Jen 2013-11-23 17:48
Hi I experienced Postpartum Depression three years ago after the birth of my son. I started using progesterone cream and began using it all the time ( I am 41 now) to the point that I think I am using it in excess. Can using it too much cause hormone issues? I feel horrible when my period ends-anxiety/de pression so I would lather up with the cream. Now when I tried stopping the cream-I experienced depression-befo re my period. Ugh help. Being a woman is work!
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Jing
# Jing 2013-11-23 19:40
Jen, progesterone cream can help. It doesn't address the root cause of the underlying hormone imbalances though. Hormone imbalances can be caused by inadequate nutrition, stress, mental/emotiona l patterns, or lifestyle factors. I encourage you to look into your life, identify the possible causes of the hormone imbalance, and try to address them. Many women in the Cycle Harmony community are on a similar journey, and we can support you on your journey as well. If you haven't already, consider joining our community of women by signing up for a free membership. Blessings to you, Jing
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jeanine marshall
# jeanine marshall 2013-11-14 10:16
my doctor put me on estrogen to help with hot flashes my periods were off and on now that I have been taking the estrogen my period is very heavy with bad cramps that have now gone into two weeks and my period hasn't stop. is this normal.
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Jing
# Jing 2013-11-23 20:21
Jeanine, estrogen can be tricky sometimes. It may not be suitable for everyone and it needs to be the right dose. Have you discussed your symptoms with your doctor? What did he say?
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Anne
# Anne 2013-11-13 21:32
Hi all, I was wondering if anyone could help me identify whether I have Estrogen Dominance or an estrogen deficiency , Im slightly overweight and have always been since I was 10 , Im now 32. I have been pregnant before 12 years but miscarried at 8months due to Placenta Abruption. On some months I have increased breast and nipple pain ( swollen prior to AF) on some months i do not have the pain, I am basically more heavier on my waist buttocks and hips, and I tend to have bloatedness always. ( Suspected Gallbladder disease due to fluctuations of weight sometimes) my cycles varies from 35-37 days , but last month I took royal jelly and EPO on day CD25 and on CD 28 I had spotting and increased to full menses flow. I was testing with opk strips on 37day cycle and never got a positive. Now has Royal Jelly helped with my cycle? Or will it increase my estrogen levels ??? I was wondering should I continue with RJ and EPO??? I also have a history of anxiety attacks. But it seems the RJ has helped me tremendously on my anxiety. Im also taking a Multivitamin Vit C q10 and fish oil... I was thinking that RJ and EPO could help me ovulate but i am really estrogen Dominance, wouldnt taking RJ and EPO cause me more harm???
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Jing
# Jing 2013-11-23 20:31
Hi Anne, based on your systems, you might have progesterone deficiency or likely estrogen dominance. Believe it or not, our fat cells also produce estrogen. I encourage you to identify and address the root cause by creating a healthier lifestyle: eat a balanced diet, exercise more and reduce stress. Many women in our community are on a similar journey, and we are here to support you!
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Tricia Saunders
# Tricia Saunders 2013-11-11 06:52
I am 33 yrs old, from the time i was 12 to the time i was 30 i had "normal" pms 1 wk before my period. At 30 i decided to try seasonique a birth control pill to help my acne. I used it for 26 days then stopped due to the dizzy spells, insane increase in appetite, and exhaustion i waas experiencing. For the first year after that i continued to have bad dizzy spells, and i no longer had pms before my period but instead right after i ovulated. I used to have painful breasts before my period but now they just grow a cup size between ovulation and my period. I never had cramps before my period now i start cramping up to 5 days before my period. I have also been ttc for 2 yrs and have recently found out i have mild endometriosis which i am convinced is because of the hormonal imbalance brought on by the birth control -doctors keep telling me my levels are within normal range but dont test levels of both at different times of my cycle -i know my body something hasnt been right for yrs and i dont know how to fix it.
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Jing
# Jing 2013-11-23 20:53
Tricia, you know your body and trust what it tells you. To fix the hormone imbalance, we often need to go back to the basics: eat right and eat well, exercise, and reduce stress. I encourage you to join our community of women who share similar experiences and similar goals. You're not alone. We are here to support you. Hope you'll join us by signing up for a free membership. Take good care my friend :)
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Kerry
# Kerry 2013-10-28 14:22
I have terrible aches and pains in every part of my body from 5 days before my period is due :( i then bleed heavily for 5/6 day's having terrible cramps and still feeling sore for at least 4, i feel bloated, irritable, tired, emotional, angry, overwhelmed , the list goes on, please someone tell me what i can do to help this? Im a 34 yr old mother of 3 x
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Jing
# Jing 2013-11-23 19:48
Kerry, it seemed that you had signs of estrogen dominance. Check out foods to detox the liver and excrete excess estrogen from your body. When your liver is happy, your PMS and period symptoms will be relieved too. Please take good care my friend ;) http://www.cycleharmony.com/nutrition/foods-that-detoxify-the-liver-and-promote-circulation?view=article
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Robyn
# Robyn 2013-10-01 09:48
I am not sure if I have estrogen dominance or deficiency. I am only 30, but right around the time of my period I get really bad anxiety, bloated, crave sweets really bad and when my period finally arrives I am exhausted and irritable. My periods are also always late. My Dr. told me to start using progesterone cream but did not test my hormones? Advice?
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Judith
# Judith 2013-10-07 12:15
Dear Robyn,
I'm in no way a health care practitioner, but I wouldn't start any hormones related drugs (or cream) without being absolutely sure it is the real reason behind your concerns.
Before getting into any artificial medication, I suggest you try evening prime rose oil. You can read all about it here : http://www.cycleharmony.com/pms-symptoms/pms-remedy-evening-primrose-oil?view=article#comment-2441.
Also, here's an interesting article about the role of Serotonin in your body : http://www.cycleharmony.com/pms-symptoms/5htp-improves-mood-insomnia-and-pms?view=article
Be well my dear. Relax and let us know how you're doing :)
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Cathy
# Cathy 2013-08-20 16:17
I am 48 and for the past year I have been experiencing perimenopause symptoms. I did not have a period for 2 months and started having mild hot flashes. I also have experienced weight gain, moodiness and brain fogginess. This past month I had a period that lasted only 2 days which the. Orm duration is 3-4 days. What I did notice is that I had so much energy and felt great emotionally on the first day of my period. What could this mean as far as estrogen and progesterone levels? Thanks.
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Jing
# Jing 2013-08-26 15:29
Hi Cathy, usually women go through menopause at 49. Some women get theirs earlier and some later. What you experienced seems normal. At this phase, usually estrogen and progesterone both decline. However, I've heard some women get more energy at and after menopause. Perhaps the energy used to produce and support the growth of eggs is freed up for other use. After menopause testosterone takes over the roles of female hormones. Getting physical exercise is a good way to give testosterone a jump start and enjoy a smooth transition. Best wishes to you on your journey!
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Jing
# Jing 2013-08-26 15:27
Hi Cathy, usually women go through menopause at 49. Some women get theirs earlier and some later. What you experienced seem normal. At this phase, usually estrogen and progesterone both decline. However, I've heard some women get more energy at and after menopause. Perhaps the energy used to produce and support the growth of eggs is freed up for other use. After menopause testosterone takes over the roles of female hormones. Getting physical exercise is a good way to jump start the testosterone and enjoy a smooth transition. Best wishes to you on y
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Violet
# Violet 2013-07-08 16:53
I've been researching but can't find anything that fits my two main symptoms (possibly not related) ...massive unintended weight loss and abnormal hair growth (face, chest). I was on the depo provera shot for 6 years and my last shot was last September. I am not on any birth control currently. The hair is starting to get embarrassing and I don't know what to do about it.
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Hiranya
# Hiranya 2013-07-14 13:18
Dear Violet, my heart reaches out to you during this time. For whatever reason, birth control or other related, your body isn't happy. I think, dear, that the time for researching is over, and time for seeking professional medical advice is now. In the meanwhile, practice self care by eating well, resting and exercising in whatever way makes you happy. I send you a hug, as you work through this.
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Hiranya
# Hiranya 2013-07-07 13:32
Hi Ann, take a look at these two articles which address natural ways of metabolizing estrogen:

How to metabolize estrogen efficiently: http://www.cycleharmony.com/hormone-imbalance/how-to-metabolize-estrogen-more-efficiently?view=article

Simple soup to replenish estrogen naturally: 
http://www.cycleharmony.com/hormone-imbalance/simple-soup-to-replenish-estrogen-naturally?view=article

Hope they help!
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Tiffany
# Tiffany 2013-06-23 21:21
Jungtastic- I am 21 and I had an ovarian cyst about a year or two ago that ruptured and when I went to the er they told me that I was estrogen dominant while doing a pelvic exam. He said if your excretions are jelly like and can stretch it is a sign of estrogen dominance. However I can not find this information ANYWHERE! After looking at the list I know I have low libido, which I have been trying desperately to cure :( I also get very irritable, snappy and moody at the littlest things. I feel so bad for my fiancé but I can't help it. I have also freaked myself out a bit looking stuff up about estrogen dominance. About the pregnancy complications and issues getting pregnant, I just want help :(
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kmt
# kmt 2013-06-23 09:07
I am 34 and have a 1 year old daughter. For the past three months I have been having 33+ day cycles. My moodiness is unbearable and I feel exhausted no matter how much I sleep. I am extremely concerned about my cycle change. I've always had a 28 day cycle. And I was hoping to have a second child in a couple years. I've always suffered from high estrogen. So this must be defficiency right? Maybe I need a diet change? Could this be perimenopausal? Once I get my blood tests back I'd like to treat this naturally as I'm sure my doctor will suggest hormone replacement, which is why I don't like going to drs.
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Ann
# Ann 2013-06-18 13:36
I am 50 and have been using a supplement called Phyto B for about 6 months ( It says it has fermented plant derived progesterone and estrogen). Symptoms were hot flashes, night sweats, headaches, anxiety but mostly nausea. Since I started on Phyto B, all symptoms are gone. Though it helps, I am just worried about taking anything. And I'm confused. My nutritionist said one can have "estrogen congestion" but also be estrogen deficient. I also take Armour 45mg for Hashimoto's, cod liver oil, and raw probiotics which I'm fine with but I take several others that I want to drop b/c I don't understand or want to keep taking all of the Standard Process products I'm taking. I want to help myself without taking so many supplements. Do you have any suggestions or comments? I'd appreciate your thoughts.
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charlene
# charlene 2013-06-08 07:25
Hi, I always feel great before ovulation and chatty and stuff, after ovulation i feel no energy and sometimes feel unsociable. I took blood tests because I am hairy. However I am thin, no acne anywhere and have period every 34-36 days approx in which I always ovulate. I also have dry skin.

Results came up total testosterone
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crystal
# crystal 2013-06-04 09:17
hi, I just turned 36. My symptoms come a few days before my period then kind of feel okay during my period, then after my period my weird symptoms come back until my ovulation day then i'm fine until the next period starts. my symptoms are moodiness, light headed, like i'm out of my own body feeling, anxiety and nervous for no reason. I used to think something else was wrong but my doc said it's my hormones. does this sound normal?
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Lulu
# Lulu 2013-05-23 07:35
I am 31, 5'8 and 70kg, I have been trying to conceive for 12 months now with no luck and wonder if this could be the issue. I chart every month and my bbt seems to go up an down quite normally with ovulation generally occurring on day 13 of my cycle. One thing I have noticed is that I do not seem to get fertile cervical mucus when I'm ovulating but could this be due to me having a leep procedure a couple of years ago for cin 3. My cycles are always 26 - 27 days, i have heavy painful periods that are very heavy for the first 2-3 days and during my period the tops of my legs ache and I get tender breasts. I feel depressed a lot and very emotional and anxious and little things seem to get to me. I have trouble getting to sleep on a night even when I'm very tired. I'm very forgetful all of the time and have a very low libido. I'm so unhappy right now, I really want to have a baby but its just not happening and I don't understand why.
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Jing
# Jing 2013-05-29 15:47
Hi Lulu, perhaps let go of the stress of trying to conceive for the moment. Rather, focus on improving your sleep and moods and taking care of yourself in the next three months. When you are in a state of balance and harmony, pregnancy will come effortlessly. Start with our Free Step-by-step Guide to Hormone Balance, if you haven't already.
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Tara
# Tara 2013-05-14 07:42
Im confused on how to pin point my cycle as i am on the pill...does your cycle start the day you have your 7 day break or the day you start your pill again?
I can complement relate to the symptoms however not sure whether I have deficiency or dominance and I seem to be the opposite to everyone’s comments. I feel amazing the day I go back on the pill, My worst time is a few days leading up to my period and the days when I’m on my period.
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CC
# CC 2013-05-13 14:16
I'm confused as to whether I have estrogen deficiency or dominance; I am 43 and for the past year, my periods start earlier and earlier, somewhere around a 20-21 day cycle now. I feel AWFUL for the week before, terrible PMS symptoms. Once my period starts, I continue feeling dreadful for the first two days, and then I start feeling wayyyy better and by the end of it, I'm full of energy, happy, libido kicks into high gear, and I feel awesome again all the way up until the week before the next cycle. My "normal" periods have always been only 4 days, with moderate flow for the first two days and then very light flow to just spotting for the last two days. However, for the past two months my period has been VERY heavy with dark clots, which is something I've never had before, and lasting MUCH longer than normal. I started on the 1st of this month and now on the 13th, I'm STILL bleeding!! This is unheard of for me, and it's wearing me out, physically, emotionally, and mentally. HELP!
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Nancy
# Nancy 2013-05-05 07:42
I am on hormone replacement therapy, recently my blood levels showed my Estrogen was low so I started on a higher dose. I became inflamed in my private area. I backed off of the Estrogen and the swelling went down but I still have some low grade uterine burning. I find I feel better when I use lubrication. WHY? Could my Estrogen still be low?
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Jozie
# Jozie 2013-04-26 07:07
Anyone have thyroid issues tried this?
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Missy
# Missy 2013-04-25 19:03
I can't figure out if I'm dominant or deficient in estrogen. My cycle is regular at around 32 days. I have chronic vaginal irritation (no infections ever found) that began when I was on the pill. I've been off of it for 7 years, but things have stayed off since then. I have a moderately heavy period that lasts 7 days. I'm tired, but my vagina feels great. It feels good and I feel pretty good until about day 16 when I begin ovulation discharge. I feel a bit nauseous around ovulation. Right after ovulation my vagina then gets very irritated and I have very tender breasts. This lasts about 5 days, then the couple days before my period my breasts get better and my vagina feels good again. I have mild cramps 2 days before my period and on day 2 of my period. I'm always anxious and have trouble sleeping. Does that sound like dominance or deficient? Tests come back "normal", but I know things are off.
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Krissy
# Krissy 2013-04-25 10:09
Also, though I don't approve of birth control pills for hrt, I began taking them about five days ago, because I can't afford a knowledgeable doctor to prescribe hrt for me. they are causing horrible burning when I urinate, urinary incontinence, crying spells, VERY red and dry vagina to the point it hurt to try to sit down this morning and sometimes walk, etc. Is it safe to stop them now after only taking them for five days or do I need to continue til the month is over?
PLEASE help me.... my blog is www.postpartumtragedy.blogspot.com. I am filming a documentary this summer. I have had to spend over two years in perimenopause without hrt because doctors will not listen to my symptoms!!!! I lost my job, my intelligence, have had alzheimer symptoms for over a year, etc.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-04-25 17:29
Krissy, sorry to hear what you've been going through. You can heal yourself by creating a healthy lifestyle and addressing the emotional issues that may be causing the imbalance. Join our community. We're here to support you!
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Krissy
# Krissy 2013-04-25 10:09
Can you please please tell me what an *optimal* blood level of estrogen would be on day 7?? My blood test came back at about 500 something. I've been having low estrogen symptoms and perimenopausal symptoms for over two years.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-04-25 17:37
Krissy, for the normal estrogen range, please check out this article: http://www.livestrong.com/article/63806-list-normal-hormone-levels-women/
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starrus
# starrus 2013-04-13 20:16
wow,Gail,this sounds just like me.I am thinking of getting my hormone levels tested and i am SO reluctant but thinking of going to Dr for antidepressants as some how i have to stabilise my moods that are seriously fluctuating during my cycle.I have 4 kids and im 38,This issue didnt start till i was 36 and goes away when pregnant.The main issue is irrational irritabilty.wow ,its powerful.
the guilt cycle is bad,yelling and blurting out mean things.Im unsure if i have dpression or low hormone or if its all the same thing rolled into one problem,i feel confused as to whether to stay "natural" or go to a DR office.the natural way,for me at least isnt seeming to be enough like meditation or vitamen.My mood swings are really powerful.
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Rk
# Rk 2013-04-10 20:59
Hello,
I'm 39 and like all of you trying to figure out my unbalanced hormones. For me, there are some
months when the bloating, irrability, etc. never goes
away. Like my breasts, legs, etc stay swollen for my entire cycle. Some months I have one or two "good"
days right after my period ends. But sometimes it ends, then I start to have pms symptoms all over again, then it
comes back for a day or two but I never get that "release." I've had hormones tested and all is normal, but what I'm dealing with isn't! I can't have only a couple pms free days a
month.
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Shannon
# Shannon 2013-04-10 06:05
Thank you for all your advice! This is a wonderful website with great information. I was wondering how sleep (or lack thereof) affects hormone balance? I am currently in graduate school and am 25 and have been just recently been undergoing major stress and lack of sleep, and for the past couple of months have felt emotionally all over the place and my periods have been much worse than previously. I have also noticed cystic acne only on the left side of my face on my cheek and chin predictably occurring 2 days post-ovualtion and worsening just before my period. Lastly, I have suffered with major light-headednes s (near fainting) for about a year and was wondering if all of this could be related to a hormone imbalance? Thanks for any help you can offer!
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Melinda
# Melinda 2013-04-03 06:06
Hi jingtastic. I am 40 years old and have always had very painful periods. They only got better during the first six years of my marriage while I was on BC pills. Once off BC pills the pain returned. I had infertility problems for years as well but finally managed to conceive my daughter 5 years ago, but only by emergency C Section. Since my child's birth, I have bad symptoms a few days before my cycle and then at the end of it and feel bad when I ovulate. Then once I ovulate all my symptoms subside and I feel great. My symptoms are cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, and sometimes diarrhe. Also have fatigue and low back pain and ache all over. Mostly in hips and legs and back. I also lose my appetite. Could you tell me if this is due to hormone imbalance?
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Laura Phyllis
# Laura Phyllis 2013-04-02 14:41
PS...I only use organic body care products and shampoes and natural household cleaners...so none of this makes any sense to me!!!! Thank you for helping me!
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Laura Phyllis
# Laura Phyllis 2013-04-02 14:39
Hey, I am sooo hoping you can help me. I am going to be 43 next month :) I have regular periods, hardly any pain or cramps. Mild moodiness, but nothing major, no aches, pains, high energy, sleep fine, no night sweats, NOTHING, and I have been very gratetful about all of this. My mother is a bc survivor and I have been spending the last 8 years keeping my hormones in check, or so I thought...two weeks ago three small cysts were found in my breasts and I cannot for the life of me figure out WHY they are there. I take many supplements and eat organically. I ingest iodine and take a ligan supplement too. Please help me--I am so depressed and discouraged over this. I exercise regulary and am an ideal weight. No acne, no bloating, no indigestion, have no stomach issues, no signs of hormonal imbalance. Can you suggest what is going wrong here? I so look forward to your response!
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Emma
# Emma 2013-03-29 01:33
I am a 30 year old women mother of 3 and after having a contraceptive device fitted in 2008 i became very ill i had it in for nearly 2 years. I am still trying to get my hormones balanced, cortisol levels are really high and both progestrone and estradiol are really really low, i feel great when i am on my period then as soon as it's over bam, i am depressed and have no motivation and cry all the time, as i get closer to my period i get excessive anxiety and really irritable i feel like i am crazy and going through menopause, just after my period is finished i get bloated and constipated as well, do you think acupunture can help me with this? it has been 16 months of trying to get my hormones leveled, could my liver also play a role in the imbalanced hormones and what do you suggest i take or do, my diet consists ofwhole foods and daily vitamins i have started taking something for low progesterone but not for the low estradiol as yet.
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lisa
# lisa 2013-03-28 17:55
Hi i am 23 and have really irregular periods, coming every 2 to 6 weeks, and lasting 2 to 7 days ever since my period Returned after i beat anorexia. My symptoms start a week before and return a couple days after the period ends to stay for 3 or 4 days. I have real bad Heartburn, Mood swings, want to cry constantly, irritability, tiredness, pelvic cramps, a Headache on the Left side of my Head Only, diarrhea Before the period and constipation after, and am really indecisive. How can i balance my hormones without birth control? Any help is very much Appreciated!
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gail swanston
# gail swanston 2013-03-22 10:39
Hi please can you advise, for the 2 weeks that run up to my monthly period my mood spirals down, especially by the second week were I have felt so low that it has frightened me with my thoughts, I am crying and have no interest in anything and could quite easily stay in bed if I had the chance,i am biting my poor husbands head off for no reason and snaping at my daughter and then feel guilty afterwards, once i'm into the second day of my cycle i'm fine and feel happy with my life again, I just dread my next period!! this has gone on now for 6mths I feel desperate, I take primrose oil, magnesium,b6, I listen to meditation cd's and have started exercising and I have a healthy diet,i just don't know what to do and I cant carry on this way !!
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starrus
# starrus 2013-04-13 20:18
I replyed to your comment but not to you directly,it should be on the latest posts that every one can read.(I guess my comment has to be reviewed first,then they will post it)
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Tabitha
# Tabitha 2013-03-20 18:28
Please help! I'm 26 and and exhausted all the time. BUT I've notices that after ovulation I literally feel so tired its hard to get out of bed. Not depressed. Just tired. I also suffer from migraines around ovulation and just prior to my period. The week after my period I feel great and look my thinnest but like clockwork a week after I start bloating which gets progressively worse ( a five pound increase) until my period when it starts all over again. What is wrong with me and what can I take to help! I'm so tired of being tired! My doctor had tested me for thyroid etc and nothing is wrong. Sometimes during my period I have a lot of confusion and its hard for me to talk.
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Laney
# Laney 2013-03-20 05:17
I am lost and exhausted. Two years ago I did bloodwork on day 13(peak) of my cycle which showed .5 progesterone and 370 estradiol. GYN said this is within normal zone but on low end of chart for progesterone and no therapy was offered. Recently I changed providers and did bloodwork on day 20(slow down part of cycle) and my progesterone was 15.9 and my estrogen 71. Still within normal limits but the estrogen is on lower end, but it is day 20. I feel tired and weak all the time. My body aches throughout the month. Joints seem to ache. Lower back hurts always . I am depressed and irritable and kinda angry. My thyroid test were normal. I exercise everyday and eat well though I am starting to eat more for hypoglycemia. I never smoked/drink. My new provider wants to check FSH on day 20 and repeat estradiol/proge sterone. I think I should do the estrogen/proges terone on day 13 to compare with two years ago as baseline and the FSH on day 20. I am now 40 years old. No libido at all.
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Sherrel Allen
# Sherrel Allen 2013-03-17 06:32
I am 43 years old and have a 28 day cycle. I have been tracking my period for 8 months now and have found
that 1 week to 3 or 4 days before my period comes on, my eyes start itching terribly. one eye is worst than the other. it will last until
1 or 2 days before my period goes off. I have always suspected that it had something to do with my hormone levels during my cycle but could never pin point it. what kind of doctor do I go to to help me with this issue.
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Sherry
# Sherry 2013-03-14 23:28
During ovulation I seem to be moody and cry...and 4 day before my cycle I'm moody very mad! Then I start and about day 2 into my cycle or 3 I start feeling better! So which one am I? Can't wait to here from you!
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Lisa boudewijns
# Lisa boudewijns 2013-02-25 02:19
Following up on my previous post I am healthy, active, no smoker, don't drink much and I am just 40
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Lisa boudewijns
# Lisa boudewijns 2013-02-25 02:17
Any help would be greatly appreciated I feel like I am going mad. When my period starts I feel fine until day 8-10, I then start to feel nauseous, tired, very tired, period cramping, headaches generally feel unwell. Sometimes I have the Ned to use the bathroom frequently although the amount of liquid may be small. After a week to ten days the symptoms subside, so I feel ok isn't, until my next period starts and I feel great again. Please help!
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-03-15 15:44
Lisa, it seems that you feel these symptoms when your estrogen level is high, and feel good when the estrogen level is low. Have you tried Dim Plus, whhich contains a phytonutrient that helps metabolize estrogen more efficiently. Check it out and see if it helps you. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00014IGXS/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=cyclharm-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00014IGXS
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Lisa boudewijns
# Lisa boudewijns 2013-02-25 02:12
Any help on this subject would be greatly appreciated, I fell like I am going mad. From the day my period sets I feel great u til about day 8-10 I then start to feel nauseous, period cramping, tiredness, generally unwell. Sometimes it lasts a week sometimes more. Sometimes the symptoms ease of slightly then when my period starts I feel fine again. Help!
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Cedes
# Cedes 2013-02-24 22:10
I just hit 35. I have never been more moody, irritable, cry all the time. Yes I sweat at night. I have a decent diet. This person is not me. It has to be hormones. right? It didn't change with or with my cycle.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-03-18 13:07
Cedes, have you had your hormones tested? Do you know you can do a saliva test at home and get a complete report in 7-10 business days? Check it out: http://www.testcountry.com/products.html?product=1896&SSAID=537034&utm_source=SAS&utm_medium=affiliates&ref=affiliates
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Kristina
# Kristina 2013-02-20 18:23
I'm 33, no children, and not sure what my hormone issues are. About 5 months ago I developed cystic acne, mostly on my chin, and extremely oily skin all over. My menstrual cycles also went from 24 days to 20 - 22 days and my libido went down to zero . I have very heavy periods with a lots of cramps, bloating, and lower back pain but I have always have had this when not on BC pills. For my last 3 cycles I have been having 3 - 5 days of brown spotting before my periods and diarrhea for one day during. I went to my ob/gyn but he said that he doesn't think sex hormone tests are accurate and just wanted to put me back on a BC. Which I DON'T want to do because I'm getting married this summer and we wanted to start a family.

Now this past month I've been getting headaches all the time, frequent urination(urina lysis came back clear), and constipation. I feel like this is all hormone related but I'm not sure what else to do.
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Dr. Hu
# Dr. Hu 2013-03-22 12:58
Also your cycle is short. You should start tracking your basal body temperature to see if you ovulate or not. This can help to figure out the nature of hormone imbalance.
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Jing
# Jing 2013-03-22 12:01
Hi Kristina, three of our experts have responded to your question. I hope you find them helpful. You can take the hormone tests at your doctor's office, or take the tests at home. Here's the link for the FSH test: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=537034&b=55106&m=9982&afftrack=&urllink=www%2Etestcountry%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Ehtml%3Fproduct%3D1198
And here's the link for the Estrone test: http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=537034&b=55106&m=9982&afftrack=&urllink=www%2Etestcountry%2Ecom%2Fcategories%2Ehtml%3Fcat%3D410
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Dr. Hu
# Dr. Hu 2013-03-22 11:48
You need to check FSH and Estrone on day 3 of your menstrual cycle to see your ovarian function. If FSH is elevated and Estrone decreased, it may indicate pre-mature ovarian failure. If the test result shows normal hormone levels, you may have hormone imbalance, perhaps from using birth control pills over a long period of time. Hormone imbalance can be regulated by Chinese herbs, acupuncture and dietary changes. Best, Dr. Hu LAc Dipl OM, http://www.mind-bodyacupuncture.com
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Aram Akopyan
# Aram Akopyan 2013-03-22 11:37
Given the symptoms you describe I would urge you to get your hormone tested. Testosterone, progesterone and estrogen fluctuations can easily effect the menstrual cycles and be indirectly responsible for the ACNE as well. Also I would suggest you contact a Eastern medicine physician, with herbs, dietary suggestions and acupuncture, we can help bring your menstrual cycle back into regularity without birth control pills. Best, Aram Akopyan, LAc Dipl OM, http://www.totalwellnesscenter.com
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Jason Moskovitz
# Jason Moskovitz 2013-03-22 11:34
Kristina, make sure you're exercising, sleeping, and eating regularly; avoiding sugar, caffeine, and alcohol and to get a thorough evaluation from an acupuncturist and a custom herbal prescription. It appears your ovulation is coming too early and that things may be bound up so much that fatigue in many parts of your system are showing up. I would also look into stressors that may have come online in the last several cycles. Regular exercise, meditation, and fun is always advisable. Best, Jason Moskovitz LAc Dipl OM, http://www.taoofwellness.com
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-03-20 18:34
Hi Kristina, I've forwarded your question to Cycle Harmony experts. Will share their responses with you when I hear back from them.
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Suzie
# Suzie 2013-02-16 06:26
I get daily headaches/migra ines for the 1st 3 weeks of my cycle then once I ovulate I dont get one headache until my period starts again. My cycles are slightly longer around 36-38 days so im not usually ovulating until day 22. im 33 and over the last year its becoming worse and I pretty much dread every month and getting my period due to these debilitating daily headaches. I have zero sex drive am always bloated and suffer from sore breasts premenstrually and moodiness and irratability and body aches. Please help!! I cant go on much longer with these hormonal headaches.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-03-20 19:09
Suzie, I have two recommendations : 1) consider trying Dim Plus which helps metabolize estrogen more efficiently, and see if it helps you. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00014IGXS/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=cyclharm-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00014IGXS
2) check out my post about liver Qi stagnation, which may be what's causing your symptoms: http://www.cycleharmony.com/pms/pms-and-liver-qi-stagnation?view=article
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Nic
# Nic 2013-02-11 13:34
I'm a 38, very healthy and mentally stable woman. I have been experiencing signs of what I think is pre/peri-menopa use for over a year, though my blood tests have come back within normal hormone ranges. Over the past year my skin has become dry, as has my hair, I'm moody and feel out of control with emotions sometimes, I've had sleeping difficulties, trouble focusing, etc. My libio, however, has been off the charts high. My mother went through menopause at 39, so I'm assuming I'm starting the process. But I'm wondering what I can do to balance myself out. I've tried the herb ashwagandha, and it seems to stablalize my moods, but also has decreased my libido drastically, which I don't like. Any other ideas? Thanks so much.
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Jing
# Jing 2013-02-14 18:07
Nic, sorry to hear what you're going through. 38 seems to be too early for menopause especially considering that you're healthy and mentally stable. Do you have a lot of stress in your life lately? Are there anythings in your life that might have been interrupting your natural balance?

In terms of remedies, I recommend checking out the following:
1) Natural bio-identical estrogen cream. Many women seem to find it helpful. Since your estrogen level is within the normal range, you may try to use a reduced amount and see if it helps you. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XJIDEO/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004XJIDEO&linkCode=as2&tag=cyclharm-20

2) Dang Gui is one of my favorites as a female tonic. http://www.cycleharmony.com/tea/dong-quai-tea-blood-tonic-for-pms-menopause?view=article
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Myra
# Myra 2013-02-09 22:22
I am wondering about having estrogen deficiency. For the last year I have battled yeast infections every month when I get my period. No doctor understands why. I have a very low libido around the time of my period and then extremely high libido before ovulation, however sex is almost always painful. I experience periods of anxiety, fatigue but can't sleep, depression, irritability, and then periods of extreme happiness. During the week right before my period and the week after, I have recently started to experience the symptoms of a bladder infection along with the yeast infection, without actually testing positive. The doctor put me on a low dose anti depressant as she thinks my anxiety is causing my brain to produce the symptoms of a bladder infection. However this is not helping at all. Does this sound consistent?
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-02-14 18:24
Myra, sorry to hear what you've gone through. Yes low estrogen can be a cause for chronic yeast infections. I think it's important to pin point the cause so it can be addressed. Please check out the 8 leading causes of yeast infection and how to prevent it. Let me know what you think the cause is after reading the article. Thanks! http://www.cycleharmony.com/vaginal-infections/8-leading-causes-of-yeast-infection-and-how-to-prevent-it?view=article
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Christine
# Christine 2013-02-05 20:10
Hi Jing, I am trying to figure out whether I am deficient or dominant in estrogen and/or progesterone. I've been tested and the results come back "normal". The pattern I see every month is that I am tired and at times achey for most of my cycle until about three or four days before I start my period--then I feel GREAT for a few days. Super high energy, really positive attitude, no physical pain anywhere, wide awake and alert. As soon as I start bleeding the low energy returns and so does the pain in my hips and legs. I recently (two weeks ago) started taking Estrace (vaginal estrogen cream) for painful intercourse due to atrophy. I am 44 (probably perimenopausal) . I also use Progest cream. An accupuncturist prescribed it years ago and I remembered that it helped. I want to feel more often the way I do in the couple days before my period; I just don't know what I need to do. I eat whole foods, exercise and have an average stress level. Also have drenching night sweats.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-02-14 19:29
Christen, have you try bio identical estrogen cream? The symptoms you described seem more deficiency than dominance. Check out the reviews from other women. You may find them helpful. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XJIDEO/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004XJIDEO&linkCode=as2&tag=cyclharm-20
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Jennifer
# Jennifer 2013-01-05 15:31
Jing you are so helpful. I was feeling as though I was losing my mind. I went to my obgyn and they said my blood tests came back within normal ranges.I start feeling bad the day before my period. My symptoms include sweats/cold, migraine, extreme fatigue, backache, diarrhea, out of control, anxiety, can't go on, extreme anger, yelling, can't focus, failure to family. I start to feel better around 2pm and then by 6 I am well, but feel as through I have been through a battle. I only bleed 1 day and then spot for a week. I usually feel much better after I stop spotting. This month was much different. I was 5 days late, which never happens and then it was a "normal" period, well except I got a stomach bug. When my doctor did my tests it was around the 14th day of my cycle when I am feeling fine. Could my imbalance show up when I am going through what feels like hell?
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-01-17 17:17
Jennifer, sorry to hear what you've gone through. It must have been tough! Do you go through this every menstrual cycle or just this cycle? Since the female hormones are released by the pituitary glands (in the brain), it's no wonder that stress and emotions play such a profound role in our hormones and menstrual cycles.

I encourage you to take a look at every area of your life, identify the areas that may be causing the imbalance, and start taking baby steps to improve it. You can do it. We're here to support you. If you haven't already, please join our community by signing up for a free account. Share your challenges and health goals with me and other ladies in our community who are doing the same!
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Jennifer
# Jennifer 2013-02-15 13:38
All of my cycles have been rough for the last year. I switched to a different doctor and she said I have PMDD. She prescribed a very low dose of an anti-depresant. I only have to take it during my cycle. I have been on it for once cycle and it was like magic, except for the headache. The plan was to feel better as soon as possible and then work to bring things into balance and stop taking the medicine. I just needed some relief. I am hoping that my this time next year things will be in a better place. Also my cycle was late again, but I think it is related to my 10 year old daughter (she turns 11 next month). She started spotting during my last days. Part of me wonders if these intense reactions have anything to do with her changing hormones.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-03-20 19:15
Jennifer, glad you're in a better place! I wouldn't be surprised that you would respond to your doctor's changing hormones. We women are so in tuned! I hope you'll join our community and let us support you on your journey: http://www.cycleharmony.com/registration-page-sign-up?view=article
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DD
# DD 2013-01-05 13:26
Ok I'm lost can someone tell me what's going on with me. My problem is i always thought i had high t levels for a girl (excessivve muscle, body hair, acne dry skin etc) but My periods have always been really heavy and last for about 6-7 days. Im have a pretty solid shape but its mainly muscle, i have low body fat. Im not fat or skinny but my boobs are a 34 d and I tend to gain fat in my beast and stomach never my hips and thighs where I want. jNow since I've been taking saw plametto 540 aday (a herb to lower testostrone) my lady period was like 2 weeks late and it was very light so could it be that it lowers both estrogen and testostrone? I seem to have all the symptoms of estrogen deficiency listed above but heavy my periods and breast size confuses me? Maybe it's something w my progesterone levels too idk. Can some one w some knowledge of this answer this plZ
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-01-17 17:23
Have you heard of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)? It may be a good idea to see your doctor and get a checkup. You can learn more here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001408/
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Kim
# Kim 2013-01-04 18:38
Thanks Jin, how do I start the personal hormone program?
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Jing
# Jing 2013-01-04 19:47
Kim, click this link to sign up: http://www.cycleharmony.com/registration-page-sign-up?view=article

You can choose either the 6-months or 12-months option. Once you sign up, I'll take you through a series of evaluation and work with you to identify the causes of disharmony. I'll be your personal guide each step of the way to identify and figure out solutions. There is a way! Hanging in there girl :)
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Kim
# Kim 2013-01-03 17:20
Hi Jing, i signed up but was not exactly sure where to post my questions? Is it possible to suffer from both low estrogen and progesterone? This is what happened to me this month and last month. Day 1-3 felt ok. Day 4-7 felt very depressed Day 8-14 felt improved and well. Day 14 to 18 high agitation like i wanted to jump out of my skin, anxiety, fear and extreme obsessive worrying. Today day 19 i have started to feel well again and i usually feel well until my period starts and then it starts all over again. I cant match up my symptoms to progesterone or oestrogen. it seems low estrogen but then isnt the agitated feeling etc from low progesterone? Im going to spend my afternoon reading through all the info on cycle harmony but if you have any ideas for me that would be great.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-01-04 15:58
Glad you sign up Kim! It's possible to have both low estrogen and low progesterone. You can have low estrogen to start with. Then during premenstrual time, progesterone may also be lower relative to estrogen - hence many of the PMS symptoms. I recommend that you start your Personal Harmony program to figure out the root causes and create a plan to improve the situation. Hormone imbalances can be reversed!
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kristina
# kristina 2013-01-02 21:25
Ever since I took the plan B pill on Feb 29th 2012, I've suffered from severe anxiety attacks and derealization episodes. My period averages a start date of the 14-16th and ovulation is usually 27-30. Today and yesterday have been very very intense with anxiety. Even when I take my anti anxiety meds it does nothing. Is this a dangerous imbalance?
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kristina
# kristina 2013-01-02 21:23
Ever since I took the plan B pill on Feb 29th 2012, I've suffered from severe anxiety attacks and derealization episodes. My period averages a start date of the 14-16th and ovulation is usually 27-30. generally, my cramps have actually been less painful and my chest no longer swell or hurt. Today and yesterday have been very very intense with anxiety. Even when I take my anti anxiety meds it does nothing. Is this a dangerous imbalance?
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-01-04 16:08
Kristina, birth control pills can have strong side effects for some women. It artificially suppresses your natural hormone regulation. Do you take the pills for birth control or to regulate your periods? There are alternatives for both - worth exploring. Some of our members have intimate experiences with birth control pills. They can share more. Please sign up for a free account and post your question at our private social media page. See you inside!
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Isis
# Isis 2013-01-02 12:03
Hi. I am 43 years old and my last bloody exam told me that my estrogen was falling down and it that indicates that menopause has arrived. It made deep sad and broke my heart. Because of a big amount of stress I faced in 2012 my period stopped since April and I started to feel the hot flashes.
One month ago I started to do affirmation and for my surprise 3 days ago I had a little bit of menstruation for one day.
Since I started the affirmation the hot flashes stopped. Besides affirmation, I have doing a special diet (almonds, Brazil nut and flashseed oil capsule every day,Agnus Castus capsules, besides vitamin D2 that I was short of.) The flashseed oil and meditation made me feel more relaxed and after months now I sleep so nice.
What can I do to try to get my menstrual cycle? I"m healthy, eat whole meal food,slim, do exercises and I do believe that I can teach my body to produce normal quantity of hormones again. Please, help me. Thanks so much
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-01-02 12:31
You're doing such an amazing job Isis! Guess what, our hornones are controlled by the hypothalamus (an important control center in our brain/mind). Emotions and stress can have profound effects on our hormone balance and menstrual health. The good news is that we can reverse the imbalance through meditation, affirmation and healthy living. I hope you'll join our community by signing up for a free account - to share your experiences and get tips and support from other Cycle Harmony women! Hope to see you inside at our private social media page :)
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Jeredith Celis
# Jeredith Celis 2012-12-25 09:50
Can you have both estrogen dominance and deficiency? I feel like I have both. I usually get panicky, anxiety, fatigue, mood swings, nausea, feel down a few days before my period, then once I get my period the symptoms seem to alleviate then they come back 4-5 days once my cycle ends. The anxiety, fear and mood swings are what scares me. I always feel like I am insane those days. After that I feel fine until a few days before my cycle. Then the vicious cycle starts all over again. I was told I may be in the pre-menopause/p eri-menopause stage. My periods are starting to come earlier, anywhere from 19-24 days and they last for about 8-10 days. They are also very heavy. I started taking a bio-identical progesterone cream and it seems to help but I think I still need to tweak the dose. Does anyone else feel that way?
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MelodyP
# MelodyP 2013-01-02 20:46
Omg!I feel so much better just reading your post.I too have the exact same symptoms. I'm 36 years old and have been dealing with these symptoms for over 5 years.I finally found out I had a thyroid problem.I was put on a small dose of synthroid which helped a little.I have been on it for over 30 days.I was feeling somewhat better but around the time of my menstrual cycle my symptoms returned.I got lots of anxiety,massive mood swings and extreme fatigue.Please let me know if you find something that make you feel better, I'm desperate.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-01-04 16:16
Sorry to hear what you've gone through. It wasn't fun. I recommend taking a health and lifestyle evaluation, figure out the root causes of the hormone imbalance, and then identify ways to improve it. Check out our Personal Harmony Program http://www.cycleharmony.com/registration-page-sign-up?view=article
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-12-29 16:03
Jeredith, it seems to be more of an estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency. Are you in the perimenopausal age? Have you had a pelvic ultrasound exam just to make sure there's nothing serious?

Today diet with animal products packed with steroid hormones is one of the main causes of estrogen dominance. How's your diet? Many of our ladies are working on creating healthier lifestyles which have helped them improve their moods, energy levels and menstrual cycles. Please join us by signing up a free account. We'll support you!
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Rose
# Rose 2012-12-24 04:03
Okay thank you very much for your input and I'll be sure to sign up and check it out! (:
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-12-29 15:54
Wonderful Rose! See you inside - at our private social media page!
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Rose
# Rose 2012-12-23 04:21
I started my period at 11 years old and each month they were pretty regular. Occasionally they would be a little early or sometimes a bit late but I always got it each month. My periods would last for around 7 days each month. My period stopped in around late August. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I have lost weight. Could this be the cause? I'm definitely not anorexic but I don't understand why my period has stopped. I'm worried I may have amenorrhea? Do you have ideas of what could be the problem? Thanks for the reply and thank you in advance.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-12-23 16:52
Underweight can certainly cause amenorrhea. If your body barely gets enough to sustain its normal functions, it won't have the surplus for menstrual cycles - and potential pregnancy. I had amenorrhea for six months when I was young and dieting. It came back when I started eating better with nourishing foods. You don't need to take pills in order to gain weight. I encourage you to join our community of women to create healthier lifestyles and healthier menstrual cycles. Simply sign up for a free account. We look forward to seeing you inside - at our private social media page :)
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Rose
# Rose 2012-12-21 12:24
Hi. I'm fifteen years old and for around three to four months, my period has completely stopped. I went to my doctor and we got my hormone levels tested and my hormones have just stopped and I have little to no estrogen. She said that it could be my weight. . I was 49.7 kilos and my usual weight is around 50 kilos. I'm 168 cm tall. My doctor said that I'm a bit underweight but I eat everything I'm given. I often get told I'm very skinny but I don't want to go on a pill and gain weight. She said it could also be due to stress. I also tend to stress a lot. My breasts don't seem to be growing, I'm only a 10A. I am very moody and down. Last night, I noticed that the inner lips of my vagina were crusty so when I had my shower, I thoroughly cleaned 'down there'. It is now a little irritable and itchy. Is this a symptom of my low estrogen levels? I'm worried that my vagina is thinning at the age of 15. I'm worried about why my period has stopped and how it could be affecting my body.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-12-21 18:39
I'm sorry to hear this and I wonder why all of the sudden your estrogen level drops to zero. May I ask when you had your first period? And since when did your period stop? When you had your periods, were they normal and regular?
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Georgia
# Georgia 2012-12-12 06:39
I'm reaching age 53 and have already been through menopause which occurred over five years ago. I noticed now that I have no real ambition, depressed feelings all the time, anxiety, emotional instability, mental fogginess and a general feeling of malaise and very low self-esteem. My heartbeat often speeds up on it's own and flutters rapidly within my chest. Also have aches and pains throughout my body. Gee, is this what growing older is all about? Oh yeah, forgot to mention, I have virtually non-existent libido. Being an aging woman is really tough. Sure do miss that plentiful Estrogen!
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-12-20 15:21
Georgia, I'm sorry to hear what you've been going through. Looks like you may be suffering from kidney deficiency (from TCM perspective) or adrenal fatigue from a western perspective. Have you considered seeing a Chinese Medicine practitioner? Certain tonic herbs may be helpful for you. Take care!
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kim
# kim 2012-12-07 21:42
I have been suffering extreme depression/anxi ety/feeling hot/fearfulness /extreme fatigue for a year now since my son was born. I feel terrible during my period with all the above symptoms and the week after it also and then after i ovulate i start to feel so much better until about 2 days before my period starts then i cry all day. Is this low or high oestrogen?
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Josie
# Josie 2013-10-07 21:11
I too have been feeling these horrible feelings. I found out I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Mine was brouhht on by child birth. Its an autoimmune disease. I also think I have Estrogen and Progesterone issues, just cant seem to get my doctor to tell me exactlt what to do. He ran a blood test, but then said he goes off symptoms not blood....but the symptoms overlap...so its like a guessing game.
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Judith
# Judith 2013-10-15 16:42
Dear Josie,
after reading your comment, I was looking for some information about Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and found this site http://www.hybridrastamama.com/2012/04/coconut-oil-for-hashimotos-disease-and-thyroid-issues.html that encourages the intake of coconut oil for such a disease. Apparently, hypothyroidism sufferers could benefit from it as well...
Also, I invite you to persist and try to convince your doctor to look deeper into your symptoms. Blood tests are at the base of it all!
Be well and be strong my dear :)
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-12-20 15:17
Kim, After child birth, many women experience anemia. Have you had your blood tested for a complete blood count? I wander if it's some kind of anemia.
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kim
# kim 2012-12-29 16:42
Hi, yes they tested all my bloods and it dodnt show up as low iron?
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-12-29 20:27
Hi Kim, your symptoms seem like estrogen deficiency to me, How's your diet and lifestyle? Please join our community to get support and tips from other women. All you need to do is to sign up for a free account. Hope to see you at our private social media page inside!
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mimi
# mimi 2012-12-01 17:18
I have anxiety etc bloating..tired ness lower back pain from mis cycle to onset of period..about 2 days into period i start to feel energized and normal again til next month ...2 weeks ago i stared on magnesium with b6 and my symptoms have eased looking forward to next onth to see wht happens x
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-12-05 22:26
Mimi, thanks for sharing this! Magnesium and B-6 are wonderful supplements for easing PMS symptoms. Keep us posted next month!
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caila
# caila 2012-11-25 00:30
Jingtastic- I experience lactation from my breasts, painful, swollen, two cup sizes bigger before period and then they shrink. I still lactate if I squeeze and have been for over 12 years. I wait months until I squeeze again and then when I do, It's still there. I am SO depressed. Two days into my period I feel fantastic. I feel horrible after bowel movements any time, like my blood sugar is bad. This means my progesterone is low and I have high estrogen right? I was told it's xenoestrogens, and to cut out soy and bad shampoos etc.
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JEN
# JEN 2013-04-09 11:00
you could have a prolactinoma, go to an endocrinologist !
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-11-25 18:38
Caila, have you seen a doctor and got a diagnosis? I looked up the reasons for breast lactation, here is what I find: http://www.livestrong.com/article/127772-reasons-breast-lactation/
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kim
# kim 2012-11-15 07:37
I have been to acupuncturist and taken his herbs, but way too expensive and couldn't continue for than a month or so.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-11-24 11:44
I understand Kim. You can do it yourself - hope you'll join us to create a healthier lifestyle together :)
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kim
# kim 2012-11-11 18:13
great article. I suffer from low estrogen and I'm on my early 30's.

I have horrific anxiety, panic, low mood before menses and during bleeding. As soon as bleeding stops, I start doing great until mid-month 13-14th then I nose-dive and feel awful again until 20th or so. No sleep, internal vibrating, headaches etc..
I feel good after that, and it will last for two weeks and I will have a very long period 34 days or more. The anxiety will come back a few days before next menses. The symptoms for me are not mild, but extreme. I have several doctors and naturopaths stumped. I have been suffering for 3 years.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-11-14 22:56
Kim, I'm sorry to hear what you've been going through. Have you tried a Chinese medicine practitioner? Many women in our community have been able to harmonize their menstrual cycles through lifestyle changes. I hope you'll join us. Change is easier and more fun when we do it together :)
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Rhonda
# Rhonda 2012-10-28 11:33
As soon as my period ends I drop..my energy levels, mood and so on. I relate this to the fact that all hormones have not come back up yet. As soon as Estrogen starts coming back up (just before I stop bleeding) I find I cannot sleep a wink. As soon as I notice the egg white cervical mucus ( a few days into it) I start sleeping and feel awesome. Unfortunately this only lasts 2 days or so and then the rest of the month I'm struggling. I kind of expect to feel like that (my ovulation days) all the time. I figure this is what it feels like to 'feel good'.. So What can I do to keep my hormones happy so I can feel good always and not just during ovulation. One big problem I have when I'm not on my good days is over night hypoglycemia.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-10-28 12:34
Hi Rhonda, you raised a very good question. I'm sure that many women can relate to your experience. Due to women's specific physiology, we need to pay special attention to nourishing our blood, especially during and after each period. Check out some dietary tips on how to take care of our body at various stages of each menstrual cycle. http://www.cycleharmony.com/nutrition/what-to-eat-before-during-and-after-your-period?view=article
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Moj
# Moj 2012-10-23 09:07
Thanks for the information.

My worst days are right after my period ends. I get all sorts of digestive problems, abdominal vibrations, pain, bloating, reflux, etc. As well I get pretty intense upper back (around shoulder area), lower back and pelvic pain. I also feel very desperate and depressed! I've been trying to figure out if this is hormone related and if yes what type. Would be glad to know if anyone else have these symptoms or have an idea of what's causing them.
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Jen
# Jen 2013-01-27 20:36
This describes me as well. Towards the end of my period I start having anxiety, headaches, dizziness, backaches and that abdominal vibration/tickl ing. The most troubling is the anxiety as I'm 43 and have never had anxiety issues before this year. I've had tests and am found to be hypothyroid. My gyn also said I had low estrodial (which could be from the insufficient thyroid or that I may be peri menopausal or both) and so I'm on bioidentical hrt now too. I also thought it was unusual to have these problems towards the end of the period instead of before. The thyroid meds and hrt are helping a lot but I still have flare ups although the intensity is noticeably reduced now.
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Angela
# Angela 2013-04-15 13:07
I would just like to say it seems to me if you feel best right before your period and through the first few days and then start feeling anxiety at the end. Maybe you are actually estrogen dominent since this is the time your estrogen is low and you feel good. Then as it starts to climb again you feel the negative symtoms. This is the same problem I have. Also hypothyroid; takes a long time to get your body back on track with thyroid medication.You should avoid soy like the plague if you have a thyroid condition.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2013-01-28 20:48
Thanks for sharing your experience Jen. I suspect that you have those symptoms at the end of your period because you've lost some blood. Because blood carries oxygen and nutrients, the deficiency of which can cause dizziness, headache, and anxiety. At the end of period is a good time to nourish yourself. Dang Gui is a good blood tonic I use personally. Check it out: http://www.cycleharmony.com/tea/dong-quai-tea-blood-tonic-for-pms-menopause?view=article
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-10-26 16:45
Moj, your situation seems quite complex. There may be something else going on. How are your diet, stress level and lifestyles? These factors affect our menstrual cycles in such a direct way. I recommend taking an online health assessment with us. Based on your patterns, we'll identify the causes of your disharmony and provide you with detailed recommendations based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine. http://www.cycleharmony.com/registration-page-sign-up?view=article
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Anna
# Anna 2012-10-07 17:53
Yes, me too. I also don't have experiences like this since I am just 22 years old. But reading this is really important to be aware about estrogen dominance or maybe I could help my neighbors or my Aunts.
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Jing
# Jing 2012-10-11 18:40
What a wonderful idea Anna. You go girl!
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Tina
# Tina 2012-09-12 20:04
I really don't have any experiences about this. But I am glad that I was able to read this and know that signs of estrogen deficiency and estrogen dominance.
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Jing
# Jing 2012-09-24 17:12
I'm glad. Thanks for sharing Tina!
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frances
# frances 2012-08-27 12:44
I hv severe cramping with my period and just as my period ends around day 7 i get fatigue pain in calves arms that painkillers dnt help with. This contunues till ovulation with headaches, things ease of then start to build up all over again days 20 - 21 . I take flaxseed and eveningprimrose hoping to help my inbalances but unsure wot next, doctor tests come back normal and fsh levels good also. I follow good diet and walk regular.
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-08-27 16:14
Frances, in Chinese Medicine many of the premenstrual symptoms are explained as liver Qi stagnation. Learn more in following article: http://www.cycleharmony.com/pms/pms-and-liver-qi-stagnation?view=article

Free and Easy Wonderer Plus is a traditional Chinese herbal formula to sooth liver Qi and strength the digestive system, which helps ease fatigue, headache and other PMS symptoms. I have been using it personally and achieved good results. Check it out: http://www.cycleharmony.com/store?view=article
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mary
# mary 2013-05-14 12:48
Hello how long does it take to see results of the chinese med.I have ED been on dim for two months and started taking chinese tradtional meds for a slaggish liver two weeks ago. Have started feeling a difference but still stop a lot after ovulation and have slightly high temp till menses start
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Gina
# Gina 2012-07-19 15:45
Ok, I don't know where I fit in. I'm up and down but what I have noticed at times is that at the onset of my period I sometimes look stressed and not as soft. My voice flucts an octave deeper off and on. I also notice that I look extremely angelic the week before my period. Dont get me wrong no hair is growing on my chest or anything. So what is happening here?
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Jing
# Jing 2012-07-26 15:55
This is very interesting Gina! I wonder if testosterone has something to do with it. Check out this article here: http://www.ehow.com/about_5502132_testosterone-levels-female.html
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Stacy
# Stacy 2012-04-10 07:20
I feel my best the week before and during my period. Around cycle day 5, like clockwork, my energy takes a dive and I get pretty moody and fatigued until a couple of days after ovulation...the n I feel great until my period ends the next cycle. I seem to be backwards? Any thoughts?
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Sara
# Sara 2013-12-18 13:36
Stacy, this is how I feel too. I wonder what is going on? Hopefully someone can shed some light.
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natlie
# natlie 2013-04-07 14:14
this happens to me...
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Jingtastic
# Jingtastic 2012-11-24 12:15
This is interesting Stacy. I wonder if it indicate estrogen deficiency. Do you eat soy products? They contain phytoestrogens which help balance estrogens in our body.
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Jing
# Jing 2012-04-03 17:30
Jaz, it's quite common to have both signs of deficiency and dominance (excess) at the same time. We may have deficiency in one area, and excess in another. A lot depends on the lifestyle, emotional status, and constitution of each individual. Have you discussed your concerns with your doctor? If you're open to it, I'd also encourage you to explore acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
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Jaz
# Jaz 2012-03-24 05:27
I wish something was mentioned about bleeding during ovulation, it's been bothering me for many months now. I know my hormones are all over the place, I just don't know whether it's deficiency or dominance. Your lists were very thorough and informative, but I experience most of both lists of symptoms throughout my cycle (plus the worst one yet, hair growing in places hair has no right to be!) thank you for the article anyway :) love how the female body's like a tightly wound clock, it's fascinating
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nat
# nat 2012-01-31 11:38
I think I have both dominance and deficiency as I suffer with all of the symptoms.....
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Jing Jin
# Jing Jin 2012-01-02 10:13
This is interesting information Ishtar. Thanks for sharing!
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Jing
# Jing 2011-10-24 15:43
Miss, the signs for estrogen deficiency and dominance are a little different. Deficiency signs more "yin" if you will (fatigue, depression, sweats, etc.) Dominance signs are more yang (cramps, irritability, bloating, etc). I definitely recommend that you consult your doctor requesting a blood test and see if your hormone level is within the normal range. One thing to note though, we all have various levels of sensitivity to hormone levels and their fluctuations. You may be in the normal range, but may still experience various symptoms. So this list is to help you develop some sensitivity to your own bodily responses.
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Ishtar
# Ishtar 2012-01-01 17:53
Saliva testing (available over internet) seems to be more acurat than blood test
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miss
# miss 2011-10-24 13:07
the symptoms of deficiency and dominance are fairly similar, how do you know if your lacking in estrogen or have excess estrogen without seeing a doctor
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Jing
# Jing 2011-09-06 16:51
Kristy, there are natural ways to replenish estrogen especially Soy, millet, barley, flax seed, lentils, kidney beans, lima beans, rye, clover, fennel, and chickpeas (garbanzo beans). Check out my post Simple Soup to Replenish Estrogen Naturally :-)

http://www.cycleharmony.com/premenopause/simple-soup-to-replenish-estrogen-naturally?view=article
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Leisle
# Leisle 2012-11-06 11:23
I'm 2 weeks away from my period and can relate to the symptoms describe above. I could feel a lump in my throat whilst reading your comment. Finally there is a natural way to beat this very unpleasant experience one have to live with :(
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Elizabeth
# Elizabeth 2013-03-23 16:11
Same here! I am 39 years old and my Mother began perimenopause at this age. My periods are now about every 25 days as opposed to what they have always been 28. I have always suffered from pms for at least 5 days or so before my period .... Now I feel like I only feel good for 2 weeks out of the month at best!!! This is simply unacceptable!
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Kristy
# Kristy 2011-09-05 03:44
I feel amazing 1or 2 days after my period starts until the day i ovulate, then my energy drops alot, i think im fat( 58kg), i need my husband emotionaly, irritable, nausea, poor concentration the list goes on! I Pretty much look forward 2 getting my period!
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