It’s become very clear to me over the last several weeks that estrogen completely sucks and progesterone completely rocks. In a healthy young woman they’re ideally balanced and estrogen does important stuff in the body – especially during the reproductive years. I am done reproducing, however, and I have many of the symptoms of estrogen dominance. I stopped taking Progest E last Wednesday in order to have my period. I didn’t want to stop, because it had been doing such a great job of managing my typical PMS, anxiety, depression, and I just felt good. I tried stopping a few days earlier but these symptoms came back and I caved – “Help, save me, Progest E!” And it did. I had a 37 day cycle because I kept taking progesterone, well past the typical window of “days 14-28”.
But I did force myself to stop taking it, and ever since I’ve been experiencing the effects of all the unopposed estrogen in my body: mood swings, cramps, anxiety, depression, sore swollen breasts, even headaches which I don’t have often. So now, 4 days into my cycle, I’m hitting the progesterone again. I don’t care that I’m doing it wrong. I’m listening to my body, and it is begging me to to save it from the estrogen.
These last few days of estrogen-intensity have made me aware that I need to focus more on liver support in order to better clear estrogen. I think I’m going to go back to the supplements that were recommended by Jack Kruse back when I did a consult with him. I understand his recommendations so much more now, and they make a lot of sense. I feel bad that I made so many bad decisions over the last year. I wonder sometimes if I would have been able to “make it” in California if I hadn’t been taking estrogen supplements. I think that kind of destroyed me. I’m just glad I stopped before developing cancer or losing my mind.