Re: estrogen dominance/ progesterone low
Hi, questnow -
With estrogen dominance, your progesterone level is lower than your estrogen level. This can happen even when estrogen is low if your progesterone is still lower than your estrogen, thereby creating an imbalance. So really what you're doing when you add progesterone is balancing the two (not lowering anything) so that the estrogen isn't 'dominant' anymore over the progesterone, if that makes sense. As far as I know, adding the progesterone is the only way to do this. Think of it as balancing scales. In my experience and in the reading that I've done, weight gain results from too much progesterone use or too high of a dosage. I suspect this happens because excess progesterone raises cortisol which can in turn cause belly fat. As far as 'horror' stories that you've heard, you've maybe heard that symptoms of estrogen dominance get worse before they get better when you add progesterone. This is because estrogen and progesterone work together, and when you add progesterone after being low for a period of time, the estrogen receptors come alive or 'wake up' and you get a temporary increase in estrogen dominance symptoms. This is called 'estrogen dominance wake-up crisis' and is pretty common. Things usually settle down after about a month, though, once your body levels out and gets used to the added progesterone. I had this happen to me and things calmed down after a month or so.
Are you going to be using a cream or a pill? Just wondering. I'm a fan of the creams myself because they get into the bloodstream faster and don't have to pass through the liver before hitting the bloodstream, which can cause side effects to occur. If you're using a cream, remember a little goes a long way, so don't use more than you're prescribed.
Last edited by kittywitty; 10-11-2011 at 10:02 PM.