Hello! I suspect I have an estrogen dominance problem. I just saw my gyno two weeks ago who brushed off my theory after I told her what has been going on, saying everything I have been feeling is normal for a wife with two small kids and a stressful job. She ordered labs upon my insistance, but I'm not sure what she was looking for because they don't really tell me anything. Maybe you can help me?
Me: Female, 31 YOA, about 40 lbs of extra weight that will NOT go away. I had RNY gastric bypass surgery 10 years ago. I also have 2 daughters, 3 year old and a 15 month old. I was actually a very happy person when I was pregnant. I lost weight and my skin was never better. I feel worse emotionally now then I ever did pregnant.
-ZERO libido. Nada.
-Raging emotions. I get angry very quickly and will cry at the dumbest things. I used to be the most even keeled person and now I just rage. I don't like it.
-I have only lost 10 lbs in the past 15 months since my daughter was born. Every time I lose a few, I gain them right back, despite changing my diet and exercise regimens several times.
-I have the ultimate pear body. I have a tiny, nice looking top until you hit my lower stomach area, then my hips and thighs balloon out.
-Abnormal facial and neck hair growth -My periods come every two weeks DESPITE being on birth control pills. -I had PCOS when I was a teenager but my doctor says I don't have it anymore because I was able to get pregnant?? -Dark skin discolorations on my forehead and cheeks. -Acne and roscea. -horrible bloating most of the time, but worsens with menstrual cycle.
Here are my labs from last week. She said she couldn't check my estrogen since I was on birth control and the numbers would be skewed.
My Levels Reference Interval
Glucose, serum: 111 (I did not fast) 65-99 BUN: 17 6-20 Creatinine, serum: 1.04 (HIGH) .57-1.00 BUN/Creatinine ratio: 16 8-20 Sodium: 134 (LOW) 135-145 (All the rest of the metabolic panel was normal) DHEA-Sulfate: 125.8 98.8-340.0 Testosterone, serum: 15 8-48 TSH: 2.520 .450-4.500 17-OH Progesterone LCMS: 10 Adult Female Follicular 15-70 Luteal 35-290
Can I conclude anything from these tests? Does the low 17-OH Progesterone mean I have low progesterone, therefore making an estrogen dominance problem a reality? She switched me to a lower estrogen pill, but ultimate I would like to get off hormonal birth control. Would it hurt if I started supplementing with progesterone cream while on hormonal birth control?
Thank you for taking the time to read this and any possible direction you can give me!!