Estrogen Dominance Symptoms
Worse with TCM herbs
I believe that my estrogen dominance symptoms are worse since I started TCM herbs. Back in early December of 2010 I did another "Ask Amelia" titled "Questions About Me, My Acupuncturist, and Herbs". Basically, you had stated because of the extreme stress I had undergone and my symptoms that I had estrogen dominance. It may help you to read that over so that I'm not repeating myself again.
Basically, I again wanted to get your input on my problems I am still experiencing. I am still continuing with the acupuncture and have recently been off all my herbs for about 3 weeks. Weirdly, my estrogen dominance symptoms that include spotting, cramping, and breast tenderness have gotten worse since taking the herbs - meaning instead of the spotting/cramping and having the breast tenderness about a week before I start my period, I am now experiencing these symptoms much sooner. Instead of experiencing my symptoms about 7 days before my period starts, I am now experiencing them 10-12 days beforehand. In addition, I started growing this "peach fuzz", including a few course hairs around my chin area. I have NEVER in my life experienced ANY abnormal facial hair.
I have informed the TCM herbalist about these estrogen dominance symptoms worsening. The only reason I can come up with is that some of the herbs that may contain estrogen. The herbalist has informed me that they really don't look at hormones in TCM, which makes me wonder???
I am still "stressed", probably more emotionally stressed than anything, especially since my symptoms have gotten worse, which is probably not helping my situation. I have also been told and have read that if your liver (the organ itself) is "congested" from stress, toxins, etc., it can cause hormonal imbalances such as the ED that I am experiencing. If my liver isn't metabolizing the excess estrogen that I am producing (possibly from stress, and then adding these estrogenic herbs, my symptoms become worse.
I mentioned in my previous "Ask Amelia" question that I already eat a clean diet which contains whole grains, greens, chicken, etc. which contain no pesticides and no hormones. I will say to that the my acupuncturist has diagnosed me with a bad liver qi stagnation along with a few other things. From the way he explained it, my liver energies were stagnated. After a while of this continuing without correcting this stagnation, it can eventually affect the function of the actual liver, even though your "liver function blood test" can come back "normal". What do you think about all of this?
I wanted to ask you as well about your response in my previous question. You had stated that my ovarian cysts are the follicles that are continuing to develop post ovulation. I am questioning if that means that I AM OVULATING, (which according to my basal body temperature, I am ovulating. I wanted to also mention that before I started with my herbs about 9 months ago, my temperature would rise after ovulation, but would go way down once the spotting/cramping started that exact day (about 7 days before I started my period). Now, when the spotting/cramping begins, my temperature continues to stay elevated until about 1 day or sometimes even the day that I start my period, it will drop down.
I'm confused about this. I don't understand why my temperatures are staying elevated until towards the time my period starts, but I'm still having the cramping/spotting? I thought I wasn't producing enough progesterone, hence the body temperature declining early, but now it stays elevated almost the entire luteal phase? Could you explain this? Also, wanted to mention that my temperatures during the follicular phase is between 97.2-97.5, then jumps to 98.2 after ovulation. During the luteal phase it fluctuates from 98.1-98.5, but usually stays at 98.2 most days.
I also wanted to give you a quick run down of what I usually experience each cycle. I do get the "egg white cervical fluid" around ovulation, and since all this hormonal imbalance, I started to experience tenderness (not pain) around the nipple area. This continues and increases in tenderness all the way up until my "entire" breast tenderness, spotting, and cramping starts.
Once all that starts, the tenderness in the nipple area slowly fades away, then the breast area tenderness starts. What is this nipple tenderness...part of the hormonal imbalance? Also, I feel like I can sometimes feel ovulation (like a very dull ache) for several days BEFORE ovulation and I think it's going to stop after ovulation, but it continues. Are these the "cysts" that keep growing??? And, I just don't understand why these follicles continuing to grow? Is it because (like you stated previously) I'm not making a strong dominant follicle, which again brings me to the above question...am I ovulating, even if my temperatures rise after "ovulation"???
I apologize for all the info, and realize that I have questions "scattered" throughout. If you could please answer all these questions I would greatly appreciate it. I think that if I can understand what's really going on with me, I can start to "heal", especially emotionally. It's the "unknown" that causes me even more stress. I just can't understand why this is continuing, and have done everything to try to get rid of this ED, including exercise, etc. Can me being so emotional depressed/stressed over this keep me from fixing this issue, in addition to what I mentioned about my liver qi stagnation?
One last thing to mention to you is that I recently saw a homeopath doctor who doesn't specialize in fertility, but is checking my hormones again to see where I'm currently at since my symptoms are worse. I don't see him until about 2 weeks from yesterday regarding the results. If there is something that comes back really out of whack, can I just "reply" to this "Ask Amelia" to update you?