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    Default Are you Estrogen Dominant?

    If you are you should avoid all things containing soy. Soy increases the levels of estrogen in the body and if you're already estrogen dominant consuming it puts you at an even higher risk for cancer. And yes this includes soy isoflavones. Read here:

    http://www.ehow.com/how_5695533_lowe...dominance.html

    http://www.amandabears.com/soy-isofl...as-clomid.html


    I wouldn't have about my estrogen dominance if it hadn't been for my RE giving me a transvaginal ultrasound. Now I try to avoid all things soy.

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    Tina, how did your RE diagnose the estrogen dominance? Those symptoms fit me to a T. I've had my thyroid checked b/c of hair loss & fatigue but my levels were ok, so I'm thinking this may be my problem? Just one more thing to worry about!

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    Hi Tina,

    How would I know if I am estrogen dominant? I have PCOS with short cycles (21 days) and very light periods. I havent been ovulating since I dont know when.. I am confused if I have enough estrogen or not...

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    She looked at my uterine lining and noted that it was extremely thick. She said that's because I'm estrogen dominant. Here's a list of estrogen dominance symptoms:

    • Infertility
    • Miscarriage
    • Breast tenderness
    • Cold hands and feet
    • Breast cancer
    • Hair loss
    • Irregular menstrual periods
    • PMS
    • Bloating, water retention
    • Acceleration of the aging process
    • Depression
    • Mood swings
    • Decreased sex drive
    • Headaches
    • Weight gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs
    • Anxiety
    • Irritability
    • Dry eyes
    • Allergy symptoms
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Fatigue
    • Slow metabolism rate
    • Unstable blood sugar
    • Increased risk of stroke
    • Insomnia
    • Foggy thinking, memory loss
    • Early puberty

    http://www.estrogendominanceguide.co...nance-in-women

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    Just wanted to add that DIM is a great supplement that helps your body flush out excess estrogen. Just have to be sure to drink plenty of water with it, which is good to do anyway.
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    Thanks for the info... once we officially start TTC #2 I'm definitely asking my RE about this.

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    They can also do bloodwork to test your hormone levels which include your estrogen and testosterone levels.
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    I know I had the bloodwork to check for testosterone, that's part of how I was diagnosed with PCOS... they never said anything about estrogen, but they probably were not looking for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarah02 View Post
    I know I had the bloodwork to check for testosterone, that's part of how I was diagnosed with PCOS... they never said anything about estrogen, but they probably were not looking for it.
    Hmmm... I wonder why? I got a copy of my results and I am actually testosterone dominant and have low estrogen, but at least I was able to find out so I could help my body out.
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    There are two ways you can be estrogen dominant.
    Estrogen can be low or normal and Progesterone is lower than its supposed to be. Or Estrogen Can be high and progesterone can be normal.
    So its still possible to be estrogen dominant even when you have low estrogen. I was reading Dr John R Lees book on menopause and he says that when estrogen is dominant testosterone tends to be high too because our bodies do not eliminate the extra testosterone as well. But when progesterone is supplemented the estrogen and testosterone come into balance because estrogen is not dominant and since estrogen is decreasing our bodies can eliminate the testosterone better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmschapp View Post
    There are two ways you can be estrogen dominant.
    Estrogen can be low or normal and Progesterone is lower than its supposed to be. Or Estrogen Can be high and progesterone can be normal.
    So its still possible to be estrogen dominant even when you have low estrogen. I was reading Dr John R Lees book on menopause and he says that when estrogen is dominant testosterone tends to be high too because our bodies do not eliminate the extra testosterone as well. But when progesterone is supplemented the estrogen and testosterone come into balance because estrogen is not dominant and since estrogen is decreasing our bodies can eliminate the testosterone better.
    That is really interesting to know. Thanks for sharing. I was told I was testerone dominant so I took my RE's word on it. I at least hope she is right. I never ovulate and Soy has made me ovulate 3 times so would it be safe to assume she is right?

    Also I wanted to ask, if you don't need progesterone supplements such as my levels were normal, and once I do ovulate, I always have a good LP on my own, what does that mean? I don't have my RE anymore since I am overseas, so I learn from what I read. The more I learn the better...lol.

    *Edit: Nevermind...lol. I was on that guys page you were talking about and he has a test you can take online and my results were testosterone dominant...lol.
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    I was told that anyone who ovulates irregularly or not at all is estrogen dominant, because they are lacking the progesterone from after ovulation. I was also told the way to become un-estrogen dominant was to ovulate regularly, or go back on the pill. As for the soy, it estrogenic so should be avoided, but I think the soy isoflavones that women use like clomid should be ok, because technically clomid and femara work by tricking your body into making more estrogen which in turn makes more lh and fsh. It's when you're using/taking/consuming soy regularly that it becomes an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abbiedarlin1 View Post
    I was told that anyone who ovulates irregularly or not at all is estrogen dominant, because they are lacking the progesterone from after ovulation. I was also told the way to become un-estrogen dominant was to ovulate regularly, or go back on the pill. As for the soy, it estrogenic so should be avoided, but I think the soy isoflavones that women use like clomid should be ok, because technically clomid and femara work by tricking your body into making more estrogen which in turn makes more lh and fsh. It's when you're using/taking/consuming soy regularly that it becomes an issue.
    The articles I've found say that even taking soy isoflavones like Clomid (5 days out of the month) can lead to you being at a higher risk for certain cancers. Women with thyroid issues, PCOS, and/or estrogen dominance shouldn't be taking soy isoflavones at all, but to each her own. I'm not a doctor I don't have a degree, but I've learned so much about PCOS from heavy online research. I didn't know that this condition even existed until one day two years ago I was surfing on Yahoo Answers.
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    Ovulation itself increases your risk for ovarian cancer somewhat, which is why being on the pill LOWERS your risk of ovarian cancer. Just sayin.
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