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Supplements to Reduce Estrogen Dominance

Although there is no replacement for a healthy plant based diet there are times when supplements can complement the healing process.  Estrogen dominance is one of those times.  I am not suggesting that supplements replace good nutrition but they can aid in the metabolism and detoxification process until the levels of estrogen closely pace that of progesterone (or, in the case of men, as androgens rebalance).

Unfortunately, estrogen disrupting compounds are everywhere, in our personal care products, household cleaners, pesticides on our fruits and vegetables, the overuse of soy ingredients in every packaged food on the market, and, quite possibly, even the genetic modifications done on soy, canola,  and many fruits and vegetables. Our caffeine intake, sugar ingestion and obesity (combined with insulin resistance) is not helping the problem and estrogen dominance is contributing to even more obesity. It also can be caused by drinking and absorbing tap water as estrogen from discarded HRT and birth control pills seep into landfills and are excreted in waste that makes it into our sewers and, inevitably, our water tables.  Luckily, there are ways to minimize impact of estrogen disruptors and mimickers.

There are four channels for treatment of estrogen dominance.  Estrogen metabolism, which is responsible for helping the body metabolize and excrete excess estrogen through the colon; hormonal support where bio- identical progesterone can help women balance out estrogen levels when the progesterone levels drop which happens when patients are close to or in menopause (in premenopause progesterone levels can drop up to 75%) or  are obese, insulin resistant, or chronic over eaters; detoxification ensures metabolic functions and processes impaired by unopposed estrogen are properly ‘moved’ through the liver, and digestive tract and allowed to be eliminated instead of reabsorbed and recirculated leading to an increase of estrogen dominance; and finally nutritional support to boost essential vitamins and trace minerals that can be deficient when estrogen levels are dominant.

Which supplements work for which processes?

Estrogen metabolism boosters can help stubborn weight gain, uterine fibroids, thyroid and other glandular disorders, lowered libido and impotency in men, hair loss in both men and women, prostate issues, and atherosclerosis.

DIM is a phytonutrient naturally occurring in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale.  DIM promotes  metabolism of estrogen and aids in healthy hormonal balance.  It optimizes the ratio of crucial estrogen metabolites necessary in breast, uterine, cervical and prostate health.  DIM also acts as an aromatase inhibitor, often present in the drugs used to treat breast and ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women and those cancers that are estrogen dependent in premenopausal women.  Aromatase inhibitors reduce the overproduction of estrogen and allow testosterone to balance. DIM can boost both mood and libido.  It should be used as a supplement for estrogen dominance when there are insufficient cruciferous vegetables being eaten or there is significant estrogen imbalance.

NOTE::  Make sure your DIM supplement, IF you use one, does not contain soy.  I found, after further research, MANY MANY do.  

Myomin  is an all-natural Chinese herbal blend ideal for normalizing estrogen levels in both men and women. Myomin inhibits aromatase, which can reduce levels of bad estrogens (estradiol and estrone), and promotes production of the good estrogen (estriol).  It also acts as an aromatase inhibitor in both women and men.  It has been shown to reduce estrogen levels in as little as 10 days and is beneficial for reducing abdominal fat and restoring muscle tone.  It is the perfect supplement for women on HRT, even women on bio-identical hormone replacement.

Hormonal support is often key in balancing estrogen dominance.  Many doctors are either unaware of unconvinced of the dangers of prescribing estrogen unopposed (meaning estrogen without the supplementation of progesterone), and even more cavalier with their prescription of synthetic hormones which have been linked to an increased risk of cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, and heart disease.  Supplementing with a bio-identical progesterone product  such as Life-Flo Progestacare, free of synthetics and parabens (which are known hormone disruptors), protects the delicate balance between estrogen and progesterone.  Progesterone can be safely used by menstruating women, pre- and peri-menopausal women, and menopausal women. Men with estrogen dominance can also benefit from progesterone. Additionally, women who may not be significantly estrogen dominant but struggle with severe PMS often find that if a progesterone cream is used on a regular basis, their periods and PMS are less difficult.

Detoxification support is imperative to activate pathways to help estrogen that is circulating in the body and being stored in fat cells can find its way into the bowels where it can be excreted by the body.  When detoxification does not occur, estrogen can be reabsorbed into the body and recirculated causing estrogen levels to climb to even higher levels.

Life-Flo Complete Body 14 Day Cleanse Kit helps the body detoxify from used hormones, toxic chemicals and heavy metals.  It uses psyllium husks to whisk the toxins out of the bowels and the short-chain fatty acids in the psyllium husks can be fermented by the intestinal flora allowing for gut repair (perfect for those with gluten sensitivities and estrogen dominance as leaky gut can cause used estrogen to be reabsorbed).  It includes a heavy metal cleanse which chelates  metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium and helps the body expel them.  Heavy metal toxicity can encourage estrogen dominance.  Finally, it contains a liver cleanse formula.  The liver is responsible for over 500 functions in the body including metabolising estrogen and regulating hormone production,  converting sugar and carbohydrates into energy,  and breaking down fats.  It is negatively affected or even compromised by overuse of NSAIDs, alcohol and refined carbohydrates and ingested, inhaled, or absorbed toxins, including xenestrogens.

Calcium D-Glucarate  is an extract found in fruits and vegetables that has been found to be  beneficial in helping to remove toxins and excess used hormones, preventing them from being reabsorbed into the blood stream and deposited in the tissues of your body. Calcium D-Glucarate helps to support liver function and detoxification and boosts the immune system.

Nutritional support is the final building block to healthy estrogen levels.  It is also one of the most important building blocks. In severe or even moderate cases of estrogen dominance, diet modifications are not always the best way forward, rather a multi-pronged approach provides faster results.  Dietary supplements, in addition to a healthy plant based diet can provide dramatic positive results quickly.

A good whole food multi-vitamin such as the one from New Chapter Organics (which is my favorite for its use of probiotics which ferment a wide array of fruits and vegetables) will provide a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals to help support the body’s ability to manufacture and metabolize the proper hormones in the correct balance.

Zinc, such as the one from Source Zone Optizinc  plays an important role in hormone production and balance. Zinc helps to increase progesterone levels and lower estrogen. Excess estrogen can lower serum zinc levels in people who are estrogen dominant. More than 70% of women d0 not get  the minimum daily requirement of zinc from their diets. Zinc also has a critical role in male sexual function and is necessary for all aspects of male reproduction, including hormone metabolism and sperm formation and motility.

Discussing these options with your doctor, nutritionist, or holistic health care provider can help heal estrogen dominance and the myriad of symptoms it causes and balance your health restoring your vitality and zest for life.

Wishing you peace and balance.

Jacqueline

Please stop by and read Evolution and My Estrogen Dominance Protocol for an updated version of the latest research.

97 replies
  1. dona
    dona says:

    So finally, This proves that not of most supplements give bad effects to our health. I think patients should take this supplement if they want to reduce their estrogen dominance.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      The purpose of the post is NOT to say we should take handfuls of supplements instead of following a healthy diet. The purpose is to show that sometimes SELECT high quality supplements can aid detoxification, enhance metabolism and correct sometimes years of deficiencies caused by estrogen dominance until it is corrected. At that point, most supplements can be replaced by a simple healthy plant based diet.

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  2. christine | The Plumed Nest
    christine | The Plumed Nest says:

    This is such great info! I think I have mentioned before that I do have Estrogen dominance – which I believe was brought on by my “healthy” (not) vegetarian lifestyle in which I consumed copious amounts of soy products on a daily basis for about 12+ years. I recently went GF and there are so many little things that have improved! I realized all the products I cut out were things I really didn’t need anyway – all processed foods and snack foods. I think I will try one of these too and see if that doesn’t help me feel even better! (I have also been taking a probiotic daily – so I probably wouldn’t want that one, right?)

    Thanks you are always a wealth of information!

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      If you are already taking a high quality probiotic (and maybe including some cultured grass-fed ghee) then, no, you can skip this one. If you are eating lots of veggies, you are getting enough enzymes. It is SO nice to hear someone is so in tune to their body. Yes, soy (especially the unfermented stuff we favor added to all the isolates we use in our processed foods) is a killer. I hope you are cleansing and your estrogen levels are coming down nicely. I’m always here for support!

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  3. Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club
    Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club says:

    I think for me, and my allergies to fruits, I will always have to use supplements. There are many things I just can’t eat. Plus, I have a sensitive belly genetically. My mom has one, her mom had one, and her mom had one. I’m going to look into these to add to my supplement regime–a multi vitamin, folic acid and cod liver oil. I don’t take these daily though. About every 2 weeks.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Courtney, though you might be more prone to a sensitive belly, it might very well be the allergies you have that can be looked at. It’s not something that can’t be dramatically improved. It’s not always easy finding the exact trigger but it can be done. Make sure your multi-vitamin is from a whole foods source like Gardens of Life Vitamin Code Raw One for Women so it can be metabolized thoroughly (something MOST multi-vits are not) and your cod liver oil is from a mercury-free source. Incidentally, most multi-vits unless marked organic or whole foods sourced, are coated with compounds that aggravate estrogen production.

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      • thedetoxdiva
        thedetoxdiva says:

        Remember, it can also be something or things in the toiletries and other personal care items, chemicals in and around the house, or other imbalances in the body that can be a key factor in estrogen dominance. Meat, if it isn’t grass-fed is absolutely a factor because of the hormones given to the conventionally raised animals. Cheese, if it is pasteurized and conventionally raised can also be a culprit. There is a company called the Vermont Cheese Co. that does a cracking good cheddar and spicy Monterrey Jack and probably even more types that would be far better and much much less of an estrogen load.

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  4. Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club
    Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club says:

    Thanks Jacqueline! I’ll look into the raw vitamins, and check my cod liver oil source. I can switch my meats and cheeses too. I think I’ll add one of your supplement suggestions, and watch to see any changes:) It will probably take some trying and testing if it’s outside the diet and supplement area. I tend to keep things pretty simple and natural there to avoid any allergic reactions.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Try the Lunaception Courtney, and switch out your cheeses, make your meat grass-fed or free range (and they are MUCH richer meats so you get fuller faster on smaller portions), add in some green juices maybe, and a raw vitamin. Maybe some greens powders (which I can recommend) if you are feeling adventurous. It’s really not rocket science. It’s about detoxing what’s wrong (and in your case, I can tell you, we are talking SMALL tweaks) and keeping on a path. You are doing so much right…. I BET it’s an environmental or food source (pasteurized products, conventional meat) that is the trigger and it is SO easy to fix. I am always here to help.

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  5. CountessRume
    CountessRume says:

    The instructions on the progestacare container say to use as needed but no more that 3 weeks at a time. I found online a suggested usage of the 12-27th days of your cycle. What is your recommended dosage as it’s used for estrogen dominance?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Most women who use progestecare are post menopausal so that’s the 3 weeks at a time. I actually prescribe progesterone on a case by case basis and not all the clients who suffer from estrogen dominance should try using progesterone as a means of controlling estrogen dominance. It would be depending on what is causing the estrogen dominance to determine the recommendations. Still, days 12-27 would be, if you are using, the right way for women that are still menstruating.

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  6. kellio
    kellio says:

    My first question, is should I use both of the top 2 supplements or just one of them? Second is knowing whether or not to use progesterone or not. I’ll be doing a cleanse in the next week. Is it possible to do too many things?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I recommend choosing one supplement as both together can be a bit too harsh. You CAN do too many things and it would be better to use one supplement and add the carrot a day before you start doing other things. Progesterone is not always the answer to estrogen dominance as sometimes it is simply the estrogen levels that are very high rather than the progesterone levels being low. Before you start supplementing with progesterone, take a CD 21 progesterone test to see exactly what your ratio is with reference to estrogen and then make the decision.

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      • kellio
        kellio says:

        Thanks for your response 😉
        I had a hysterectomy a few years ago, and in my blood work back in December, it shows the level of
        progesterone at <.5,
        Prolactin at 17.3
        Estradiol at 57 which the normal should be <or = 31
        Testosterone at 17

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        • thedetoxdiva
          thedetoxdiva says:

          You do sound like you could do well on progesterone as well as detoxing from estrogen dominance. Your levels are no so high that you couldn’t easily lower it but your testosterone is also slightly out of balance in contrast as well so your adrenals are showing signs of being stressed. (You definitely need some Vitamin D and preferably from the sun).

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          • kellio
            kellio says:

            Ok, well I am taking on average 5000mg of Vit D a day. But I am sure my adrenals are messed up, and producing a lot of cortisol from stress. What are the testosterone levels suppose to be? It didn’t show on the report what the normal was. Of course I’ve been reading that the 24 hr urine test is the best way to see all the levels and next best is the saliva test.
            Thanks again for your thoughts.

          • kellio
            kellio says:

            Oh and my husband and I run a non profit and make very little, so do you think it is ok to use the natural progesterone at a health food store, or will I have to go to a doctor and get a prescription for the bio identical Progesterone? Ive heard it is very expensive.

          • thedetoxdiva
            thedetoxdiva says:

            Bio-identical progesterone isn’t terribly expensive unless it is from, perhaps, a compounding pharmacy. Of course, your budget may say different, I am not sure. The ones in the health food store tend to be rather low quality yam derived progesterone like substances but I can recommend a few I like such as the one from Emerita or LifeFlo or Progestelle in oil form (which I am loving right at the moment).

          • kellio
            kellio says:

            OK, so I have read that “If you apply the cream to your mucous epithelial membranes that line your vagina, you are able to obtain a virtually ideal administration system. The absorption through these membranes is more complete than through your skin.” Dr Mercola

            Can I do that with the oil you mentioned above? I like the oil because it mentions being twice as strong as the creams. When I mentioned before that my Estrogen was 57 and my Progesterone was <.5. Will doing the 21 day, and using the Progestelle create too much Progesterone? I guess I just want to make sure I don't have too much, creating other symptoms.
            I feel I am asking too many questions. I hope I'm not bothering you. Maybe these questions will help someone else 😉
            Thanks again

          • kellio
            kellio says:

            I was reading some more on the Progestelle you mentioned, and in this link, http://www.amazon.com/review/R3B3SXUFMR56JD/ref=cm_cr_pr_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B0081RZ2BG&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=#wasThisHelpful

            the rep is saying you have to be off ALL xenoestrogens that touch the skin down to mascara for 1-3 months before using progesterone for it to work. Really?? How is that even possible to remove every kind? It is a very short read, so if you wouldn’t mind, when you get a chance to read it let me know your thoughts. I just don’t see how I would be able to get rid of everything.

          • thedetoxdiva
            thedetoxdiva says:

            It’s not impossible to take the biggest offenders away (including mascara) but it is IMPOSSIBLE to eradicate them entirely. It’s also unreasonable as you have to live in this world. It would be optimal, of course, to eliminate what you can but considering even lavender oil is a xenestrogen…..you do the match.

          • kellio
            kellio says:

            Ok, I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t being unreasonable in thinking it is just about impossible to eliminate everything. I’ll do the best I can. Thanks again for your help 😉

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Chasteberry, IF NECESSARY, is a good supplement but only if needed. There are other ways of detoxing from estrogen dominance that don’t involve supplementing (which should be used under the supervision of a nutritionist or other health professional) unless really needed.

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  7. help help
    help help says:

    hello.today is my 23of my cylcle and i have a really horrible heavy feeling behind my head with hot flashes and chilling hands..sometimes i also get the heaviness or numbness in my forehead…based on the info on u site iv realised i have a bad thyroid ….i have so much fatigue and fogg,hypoglycemia,feel dizzzy ,and ofcourse hormonal imbalance,what should b eaten in each meal to adress these issues and my body can heal itself?anything to tam these flashes or chill charges before period while i sweat n nearly experience faint ?i am 23anyway.oh and not to mention my sever sever hair loss and hair thining.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Again, you are describing many symptoms and looking for a one size fits all solution that doesn’t exist especially since we don’t know where the root lies. You will have to contact me for a consultation to check out why you are so young experiencing so many symptoms.

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  8. Sophia
    Sophia says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all this information! I am seeing all my various health issues come together with one cause and I’m so excited to begin heading in the right direction with diet and supplements. One question I have is on the wasabi rhyzome. Do you know if this would be effective for treating estrogen dominance?

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  9. lileez
    lileez says:

    I recently used a biodentical patch to subdue hot flashes (51 years old) and in return I have come down with estrogen dominance. I also have leaky gut, gluten intolerant, etc. I eat very well, all organic and have been exercising since I was in high school. The practitioner that prescribed the patch is telling me that I am going to have to do a liver cleanse. I’m so bloated, miserable and frustrated. Help?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I help many women just like you every day. I don’t like the idea of a “liver cleanse” because the sheer act of eating the right foods to fight estrogen dominance will help you greatly. I am perfectly willing to help you. Schedule a consultation and I will send you out the health history forms and we can get started!

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  10. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Do you recommend a supplement called Nattokinase? I have read to take this along with DIM-plus and Serrapeptase to lower estrogen dominance (along with a healthy diet)..

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Nattokinase is unproven as a supplement in my book to lower estrogen. You would do better to incorporate raw carrots and bamboo shoots into your diet to lower estrogen.

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  11. brittany
    brittany says:

    I was told that I had pcos but when I chose to treat it with progesterone cream my symtoms got worse.. and coming off of it (its been 5 months now) to put it bluntly its been hell. I am only 22 by the way. both my estrogen and progesterone are low but I am experiencing estrogen dominance symptoms (fatigue,depression,severe pms)
    I am using evening primrose for half my cycle and I have also tried a colonic, I am starting to wonder if my thyroid could be playing a role in this and if l tyrosine helps with estrogen dominance? Thank you

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      You are WAY too young to be treating PCOS with progesterone. You are also way too young to be self-treating. I would urge you to not play russian roulette with supplements, hormones, or the like and please get help. I do private consultations via Skype and I feel I could help you but I would need a complete health history.
      I’d also like to see test results that show low estrogen and progesterone which should be taken at different times of the month. Yes, your thyroid could be playing a big role in this but I can’t be sure until I have all the facts.

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  12. Allie
    Allie says:

    Jacqueline, I am re reading some of your older posts so excuse me to bring up an older entry. I was just wondering if you have tried Fhurman’s multi vitamin formula for women and what you thought of it when compared to New Chapter Organics. Also, what do you think of the immune system’s complements (C3 and C4) and the role of estrogen? After my breast cancer scare, I turned to my immune specialist and run all sorts of tests to find that my C3 is abnormally low and my C4 border line normal. Thanks, Allie

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I actually don’t prescribe multi-vits any longer to any of my clients. Most are not really metabolized and some vitamins and minerals actually compete with one another therefore canceling each other out. Estrogen dominance DEFINITELY has an immunosuppression tendency but it also has an effect on the thyroid, parathyroid and even thymus so definitely, dealing with estrogen dominance is a must to strengthening immunity.

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  13. Melisa
    Melisa says:

    Hi there! So I was digonosed with PCOS recently, and I am now on the detox train! first things first, I am detoxing estrogen. I am taking tumeric, milk thistle, raspberry leaf tea, along with a very healthy diet ( leafy greens, good fruits, kefir, grass fed everything) I am also taking cinnamon and chromine. I am also doing yoga, meditating, daily exercise, and epson salt baths. Along with some lymph massage. Now, after reading this article I am going to start on some myomin and calcium D- my question is what are some body clues/ signs that its all working?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      It sounds, aside from the leafy greens,(WHICH MUST BE COOKED) as if you are doing really well on your detox phase but I see nothing that says you are eating a raw carrot daily and the idea of you “taking” cinnamon or turmeric tells me you are taking a supplement which I think is not on the right track because you can incorporate them into your daily life quite easily. I actually recommend now a Vitamin D emulsion which is much easier assimilated and as far as the calcium, making eggshell calcium is, by far, the greatest supplement your body could have. Myomin is still a fabulous supplement. You will know when you are detoxing from estrogen in energy, clearing of skin, sometimes weight loss, PMS symptoms and cycle regulation. There are many things that will cue you in but how you feel…that’s a biggie.

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  14. Patricia
    Patricia says:

    I am really confused with the estrogen to progesterone ratio. I tested my levels on the 21st day of my cycle. My levels six months ago were: estradiol 12 and progesterone 106. I was taking chasteberry along with eating a healthy diet (orgainc grass fed eggs, meats, vegetables and fruits). I tested again last month on the 21 st day and my estradiol levels were 21 and progesterone was at 219. How do I calculate the ratio between the two? Since I ate extremely healthy why did my estrogen levels went up and progesterone is still not balanced? What am I doing wrong? My cortisol levels were normal. I really need to get to the bottom of this problem. I think this has caused my melasma. Any suggestions?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      You are taking chasteberry which is not always the best supplement if you aren’t suffering from estrogen dominance.) I would have to see your lab results because I don’t see the reference (how these results were taken, why estradiol was the only estrogen taken, whether you are on any other medications, etc.) You are eating correctly. High progesterone generally will not cause melasma and I do notice you haven’t mentioned your FSH levels, prolactin levels, even thyroid levels. Also, when you say your cortisol levels are normal, how were those taken?? and what is ‘normal’? I would consider giving up the chasteberry though. Seems like it’s not needed.

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  15. Patricia
    Patricia says:

    Below are the only hormones that were tested:

    YEAR 2013 YEAR 2014 Ranges pg/ml
    Dihydrotestestoserone 94 68 15-75
    Estradiol 21 12 21 3-16 LUTEAL
    Progesterone 219 106 219 65-500 LUTEAL
    Free Tesosterone 24 – 24 10-38
    OH – Progesterone 85 – 65-500
    DHEA 9 7 3-10
    TSH 1.79 low 3.05 high
    T4 5.80 low 6.30
    T3 102 92 low
    T3U 29 28
    ft3 – 2.70 low

    Six months ago I stated taking Progestaid, Adoptocrine, Thyraxis, Glycemovite from Apex Energectis – all herbal supplements.
    Currently I am taking Hepato Synergy, Adoptocrine, Prosta DHT, HCL Enzyme by Apex, Womens Balance by Health Concerns and Liquid D by Apex.

    In the past year or so I experienced hair shedding/loss, facial hair, melasma on forehead, acne. Do you have any suggestions?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      You are looking at conventional blood tests and your blood tests, while subclinical are still incomplete to diagnose from a western perspective. In my looking over your results and there are many things I see including in your lists of supplements but in order to give suggestions, I would recommend booking an appointment for a consultation so we can look at what you are doing in general, including nutrition to get a complete picture on where to go from here.

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  16. Patricia
    Patricia says:

    year 2013
    TSH 1.79
    T4 5.80
    T3 102

    year 2014
    TSH 3.05
    T4 6.30
    T3 92
    FT3 2.70
    T3U 28

    2013 pg/ml
    DHT 94
    Estradiol 12
    Progesterone 106
    OH – Progesterone 85
    DHEA 9

    2014
    DHT 68
    Estradiol 21
    Progeterone 219
    Free Testastorone 24
    DHEA 7

    Ranges pg/ml
    DHT – 15-75
    Estradiol luleal 3-16
    Progesterone luteal 65-500
    Free Testosterone 10-38
    DHEA 3-10

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  17. Emily
    Emily says:

    Hi,
    At what point in my cycle should I get my hormones tested? I think I’m suffering from severe PMDD and in my research think its from estrogen dominance. I would love to have a SKYPE consult with you once I get my hormones tested.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      You can schedule a consult if you like even before you get your hormones tested but if you want them tested properly you will test on day 3 for estradiol and prolactin levels and day 21 for progesterone and progesterone to estrogen ratio. You should also get your thyroid tested if you want a complete picture. As for a consult with me, we go by symptoms more than numbers because many factors can affect those numbers so symptoms become more important.

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  18. sarah
    sarah says:

    thank you so much for uour website. It is so informative. I am 29 years old, 1 month ago I went to see an endocrinologist to help me with my metablosim, I have one child whos 3 years old and after she was born I have struggled to loose weight and suffered from severe water retention and rely heavily on water tablets. from the first sets of blood turns out my cortisol levels are 571, should be under 400 and my estrogen levels are accroding to doc “very high” (dont have the figure). My Dhea was at 1.9, which apparently for my age is also very low. I have been on birth control for 14 years, he immediately told me to stop the birth control and prescribed a bioidential DHEA and Pregnenelone as well as Lassix Retard and Pottassium supplement for water retention and to come back in 6 weeks for more blood. In his mind, he said my high cortisol is caused by the high estrogen caused by the birth control and going off the birth cntrol will reduce the estrogen and hopefully reduce the cortisol, does this sound right to you? do you think its possible I have Estrogen dominence at 29? Im so worried…I have to wait another 3 weeks before I see him, any feedback would be so appreciated. Love and Light xx

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Your high cholesterol is also caused by your body’s inability to create the sex hormones it needs to oppose estrogen. You REALLY should consider seeing someone (even me) about nutrition to deal with metabolism dysfunction because though I agree with the pregnenolone, potassium isn’t my favorite supplement when it can be treated through nutrition. High cortisol is NOT indicative of high estrogen alone! Going off birth control pills is, of course, necessary, but it is not the only step and I hope you take it seriously your nutrition as well as your supplements.

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  19. Crista
    Crista says:

    Hi! I stumbled on your site tonight and wow! So much information. I’ve never had my hormone levels tested. However, I am hypothyroid with Hashimoto’s disease. I had surgery in 1997 for severe endometriosis and have been taking a depo shot every 3 months for the last 2.5 years to deal with the return of the endometriosis. I don’t feel healthy, energetic or good. I’ve been losing hair for probably 7 months and have had so many cravings for carbs. I’m 38, lol, I shouldn’t be tired all the time either. I love your diet recommendations and supplements too. Where do you recommend starting. It’s a little overwhelming. Thanks for all the great information!

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      If you have endometriosis it doesn’t shock me that you have hypothyroid and Hashimoto’s. The Depo shot, no matter what they say, does NOT help but be careful about the diet recommendations. I am about to write a post that will blow your mind!!

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  20. Connie
    Connie says:

    I just stopped SottoPelle pellet therapy and Compounded Progesterone and would like to hopefully avoid going into a tailspin; which is what lead me to the pellets in the first place. Some of my peri-menopausal symptoms improved but I experienced rapid weight gain >35 lbs!! I think I definitely have estrogen dominance. I purchased all the supplements you mentioned above but I am not sure how or what to take together.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Connie, you might want to consider scheduling an appointment to go over the exact symptoms you are experiencing AND your current state of health instead of just dosing without taking into account your exact needs.

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  21. Jelena
    Jelena says:

    Hello, I find your text very useful and supporting. I’m 28 years old an I have estrogen dominance an high risk of insulin resistance due to birth control pills that I have been taking for years. it was diagnosed to me 1 year ago, an doctor wanted to put me on other kind of pills but I refused. I’m tying to fight it with healthy food, exercises and supplements. I have problems with acne, my hair is thinning and I have horrible PMS symptoms.In my country there is no exert in this kind of problem. I’m using NAC and vitamin C. And it helps with my acne problems and bit for my hair. But I’m still looking for a cure…

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      NAC is only a precursor to glutathione. There are ways to cure this through healthy living but NAC and Vitamin C are only tips of the iceberg I am afraid.

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  22. Jelena
    Jelena says:

    Yes, I think so too. What do you think about taking calcium d glucarate. I can’t by it in my country but I can order it online. For how long can I take that supplement? Everybody is telling me that the body weight is really important for my condition. I forgot to say that I have normal body weight 168cm/53kg, 24% body fat. I’m spots type all my life, and I never had problems with weight or health. So everything is very strange to me, I don’t know how I ended up with this condition 🙁

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I love Cal-d glucarate!! Weight is very important for estrogen dominance, it is true but you aren’t overly heavy so that’s not really a factor but you get exposed to ALL types of xeneostrogens so please be aware that it’s not unusual to be estrogen dominant.

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  23. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    Love this post. I’ve been VERY oestrogen dominant for over 8 years and frequently housebound for the last 6. My doctors won’t consider any options other than conventional routes. I’m finally looking at oestrogen detox, rather than just the very healthy diet I have. But how do you know when you have detoxed? I’m not going to get any readings from my doctors and in fact find it difficult to make (and keep) appointments. My other question is about the metals in multi-vitamins as these are now being linked to alzheimers. Any help would be most appreciated as I figure out how to detox from such high levels.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Many multi-vits use cheap quality minerals which are not absorbed by the body. Avoid them like the plague and eat a real foods diet and you will be fine. I would love to help you answer the question about an “oestrogen detox’ but I am not sure what you are looking at doing. I know what I would recommend my clients but you say you have a very healthy diet yet some healthy diets can actually contribute to oestrogen overload. Don’t fall into the “oestrogen detox” traps. It can be done but it is done nutritionally for best results. There are definite symptoms of estrogen dominance. When those disappear you know you are balanced.

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  24. Betty Pimentel
    Betty Pimentel says:

    Your blog has been very helpful to me. I am a 44 year old female with very high estrogen levels and very low progesterone levels. Estradiol levels=300.2 (range for Follicular phase 12.5-166.0) and Progesterone 0.6 (range for Follicular phase 0.2-1.5). I am on 200MG of Progesterone (made at a compound pharmacy). I did the Life Flo Complete Body 14 Day Cleanse Kit and was taking DIM. My question is, from the list of your suggested supplements, should I take Myonim along with the Calcium D-Glucarate and the New Chapter Organics vitamins in conjunction with the hormone replacement Progesterone? I don’t want to take the wrong thing or take too much. Thank You.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Betty make sure you are taking the right kind of progesterone. Even in compounding pharmacies they can be questionable. I don’t recommend DIM because most of it has soy in it. I recommend Calcium D-Glucarate as the best way to eradicate estrogen as well as some nutrition strategies. I think provided you are following the proper nutrition as well as well placed supplements you are golden.

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  25. Silvia
    Silvia says:

    Hello! Very informative and very interesting article. I have suffered from adenomyosis for the last 8 years and have struggled to cope with the intense pain it causes. I think it was induced by a detox diet I did where I was drinking soya milk every day (though I’ve suffered with period pain for all my life) and I reckon this might have affected my estrogen levels. I have used DIM in the past for 6 months with good results but my nutritionist suggested, at the time, that using it for longer than that could cause more imbalance, so I was left with nothing to rely upon. I’ve read in another online blog that using myomin and calcium d glucarate together is more effective for people with my condition and that a prolonged use of the two should not mess you up. What would be your suggestion? Do you think using both of them would be too much? Thanks for your reply in advance. Silvia

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      It can be too much Silvia but it would depend on a lot of things as to what I would recommend. I don’t like DIM because of the soy component in most of it and frankly, even the “usual suspects” of estrogen detox supplements are not enough. Often we have to look at the methylation pathway and how it is detoxing and support that pathway along with looking at gut health in general to see the exact recommendations person to person!

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      • Silvia
        Silvia says:

        Thanks for your answer! I don’t normally try and self medicate, but I have been in poor health (gut health) for quite some time and have tried a few things that have worked (alongside some others that haven’t), with three different nutritionists and with a homeopath. One of my main issues was with lactose intolerance and dysbiosis. I was halfway through recovering from a severe case of candidiasis in my intestine (and all over my body, really) when I got hit by adenomyosis. In hindsight I think the excess soya milk I was drinking every day during my detox diet could have induced it alongside the fact that my first nutritionist didn’t look after my liver when he started treating me and wouldn’t consider my ongoing constipation as a problem when killing the candida in the intestine. I ended up getting more ill than ripping the benefits of a detox. Only when I sorted out and cleansed my intestine with colonic hydrotherapy could I then try and address other issues with the help of a nutritionist who was also looking after my other organs as well (and gave me a lot of tests at the time).
        I was left with adenomyosis though, as nobody seems to be able to treat it. My homeopath made it slightly better and more bearable (over the course of the last four years) but it’s still there. I was looking for something that would help me at least keep this momentum going and though it sounds like a quick fix I have to say that my path’s been long and with a lot of unanswered questions. What would you suggest that I should do if I decide to try myomin? How can I look at what you have suggested in your post? Any tests that I could do? Thanks so much for all your help in advance.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      The article actually is NOT inaccurate. Estradiol, when in check, is the “good form of estrogen”. Even estradiol contributes to estrogen dominance. Estriol and estrone are the first types of estrogen that go out of kilter of even estradiol levels are dramatically increased in the ratio of progesterone to estrogen when estrogen dominance is present.

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  26. Star
    Star says:

    Some studies show zinc is tumorogenic.. it depends on the type of cancer one has regarding whether it is good or bad.. Its good for prevention but once you have cancer google /pubmed research and be sure its good for your type

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Zinc is ALWAYS necessary for the body in balance of other micronutrients and minerals. The ratio, depending on the type of cancer one has, may need to be altered but no studies have been done to suggest how the ratio needs to be altered and it is usually more to do with copper balance than anything else.

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  27. Eleonora
    Eleonora says:

    Good article – however I thought I’d mention I have checked out the products of the supplement brand you suggested and they all contain soy

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      You are absolutely right but these were the best ones on the market at the time of writing. I have since actually revamped how I treat estrogen dominance and am even more careful about prescribing supplements. I also don’t mind a LITTLE soy in the form of lecithins if this is meant to stabilize the supplement but I rarely give supplements out like this any longer.

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  28. Nia
    Nia says:

    This was a very informative article. I have all the symptoms of estrogen dominance – enlarged, painful breasts, severe bloating and swelling all over the body around and during period, fat deposits on front of thighs and hips. I take DIM – Nature’s way to help with these symptoms and it does help especially with breast tenderness.

    However, I did a blood test on the 22nd day (estradiol, progestrone, testosterone) and I was told that as per the results all 3 are low. Is it possible that I can have oestrogen dominance and estrogen deficiency both? Is DIM the cause of the deficiency? I possibly have high cortisol, which can account for low progesterone, will be doing this test soon. My growth hormone is also at the low borderline. Testosterone is also in low numbers. I will be very grateful for any advice.

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  29. crys
    crys says:

    37 y/o dx: pcos, t2dm,hypothryoid, NAFLD. meds: vit d 50,000unit/week, NP thyroid 180mg/day, metformin BID. periods reg-monthly. just started with Ashwagandha. can tell good difference as well as milk thistle. went to herbal store and lady looked at me and stated i “looked” like i had estrogen dominance. can tell i have several of the s/s of this. any suggestions diet wise. i am currently 5’0 and 251#. have tried many “diets”/changes

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Make sure your gut health is where it should be before you do milk thistle. Estrogen dominance isn’t always only in the liver…. If your gut is off…. everything will be. I do have a gut healing protocol that would help you tremendously!!!

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  30. Amy
    Amy says:

    Hello!

    I read this post about 8 weeks ago and I’m sure I was quite estrogen dominant. I started eating a lot more vegetables and taking zinc. This month my period was only 3 days, rather than the usual 5. The first day was heavy, but it seems like shorter periods are a bad sign. I’m currently ttc so worried. Any advice?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      My advice, if you are trying to conceive and it has been longer than 6 months that you seek help to figure out what is going on with your cycle and get a detailed personalized plan that would support your cycle and boost your fertility rather than just guessing. If your methylation cycle is impaired, all those vegetables might not be being metabolized and zinc isn’t your only answer. These blogs aren’t meant to be a blanket plan for everyone. There are often small tweaks you can do to boost fertility by leaps and bounds.

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  31. Haw031
    Haw031 says:

    Oh Boy! where to begin? Ffwd to 2016: new chapter company was sold and bought by a questionable GMO (?)company. the products that we used to buy from new chapter are no longer to be trusted as organic, no longer the same. I no longer take Chinese herbs, and I would not recommend them: China contaminates all organic produce and herbs with sewage water that has been tested to be high in heavy metals such as lead Mercury Etc. otherwise this is a good article and I wish I had found it years ago when I had to do my own research and I am currently on DIM and calcium D Glucarate with excellent results.
    Have been for yours. Thank you for a great article.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I heard the unfortunate news about New Chapter but I disagree strongly about the Chinese herbs. There are many sources for Chinese herbs NOT from China that are not subject to the same treatment. Many are being grown in the United States and are completely free of sewage and heavy metals. TCM is still one of the best ways to treat primary hormonal imbalance. DIM must be soy free to be really effective and if Calcium D Glucarate is working for you, that is really awesome but also says that your estrogen dominance was not primary, rather secondary due to methylation issues. Glad you are doing well and that you enjoyed the article. So much has changed, of course, as my knowledge has increased exponentially since the writing. I keep thinking I have to update it but get busy and don’t. Maybe it’s finally time.

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      • Haw031
        Haw031 says:

        Thanks for the reply. What, in layman’s terms, are methylation issues, please? I am very curious. Where do I read about this that would be easy for me to understand? I found your article in agony last night, happens whenever I neglect to take the Calcium D glucarate at that time of the month.my symptoms are migraine and nausea so I took the calcium d-glucarate and dim but it was too late I ended up being sick but then it also helped it because I wasn’t as sick as I used to be before I discovered this two amazing products. What actually caused me to be sick was putting progesterone oil in my inner cheek. It also works great but it caused the nausea to turn into full-blown sickness. Oh and I also take Vitex to increase my progesterone levels, which I have found to work pretty well. I do have liver illness, fatty liver caused by too much bad medication, acetaminophen, and steroids AKA glucocorticosteroids.

        it was interesting to read about the Chinese herbs being grown in the USA. I would have thought then that wouldn’t be Chinese herbs anymore at least not pure Chinese herbs, so to speak. I used to buy mine imported from China in small pharmacies traditional Chinese pharmacies that is. Then I would also buy them from a particular catalog but they were the same, imported directly from China. That is why is that I do not trust them. Although I did find amazing results from the Ciao Yao Wan which I took for many years. thanks so much for your time and I look forward to your reply. Will be spending time in your website thanks.

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        • thedetoxdiva
          thedetoxdiva says:

          Look up MTHFR on my website. I do a pretty good job of explaining some of the methylation issues and there will be more coming. I think if you understood this article you’ll be able to understand those as well quite easily. When you have liver issues, especially if accompanied by less than optimal epigenetic expression (If you have one or more copies of defective genes OR you have issues with methylation like you clearly do since you have fatty liver.) I think if herbs are grown in the US they are still Chinese if the herbs, lichen, and mushrooms are the same species and they are blended the same way. I understand why, totally, you would get good results with Choa Yao Wan! That’s very telling! But remember, fatty liver CAN be improved dramatically so don’t give up hope.

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          • Haw031
            Haw031 says:

            thank you so much for your kind reply!!yes I have been doing liver detox, I have severe MCS, and have being very ill i was diagnosed with cfids at 22.. I also have parasites which is something that I have been unable to treat currently because of my living situation.. As a result I have found out I have severe vitamin electrolytes and nutrient deficiency. I am struggling to get nutrition in my body. I am off to read your other page which I just found, I guess I have been living in the Galapagos islands LOL because I have never heard of these five letters ever and I have been studying health on my own for over 20 years now. the doctors we’re almost completely useless except for when I found out and my health problems online, and demanded to be tested for different problems, the lab results proved that I was correct in my self-diagnosis. Thank you again, don’t know where you’re located but need to look you up as I’m looking for a new doctor.

          • thedetoxdiva
            thedetoxdiva says:

            I do Skype sessions and know your diagnosis very well but I have to warn you about liver detoxes because they can make matters so much worse ESPECIALLY if there are gut issues. It is a very delicate protocol to get back to health but it IS entirely possible with the right practitioner and the right mindset!!! You can treat parasites no matter what living situation with a little creativity, just so you know. And you may very well need leaky gut support if you are needing Cal-D glucarate and DIM that much and have vitamin, electrolyte and nutrient deficiencies.

  32. Robin
    Robin says:

    Any thoughts on pregnalone or DHEA for estrogen dominance? Especially for a peri menopausal woman experiencing recurrent vaginal yeast infections and UTIs.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I use it for some of my clients but it is a case by case basis and even in perimenopausal women because it isn’t ALWAYS only hormones at the root of these issues.

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  33. Vanessa
    Vanessa says:

    I was told I had pcos and hypothalamic amenorrhea and am 17, but since treating with progesterone cream my hair loss symptoms got worse. I have just been given Myomin to take with my progesterone cream and was wondering if that would help? My estrogen levels and progesterone levels are low but I seem to have estrogen dominant symptoms.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      You can be estrogen dominant and have low levels of both hormones. Estrogen dominance has more to do with the ratio of progesterone to estrogen. Getting your PCOS under control is going to be key to your healing. Progesterone cream is not the answer in most cases of PCOS.

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      • Vanessa
        Vanessa says:

        2015
        estradoil – 38 (range < or = 31)
        testosterone – 45 (range <= 40)
        Free testosterone – 5.4 (range .5-3.9 pg/mL)

        2016
        t4 total- 6.0 (range 4.5-12)
        t3 total – 39 L (range 84-179)
        T3 uotake – 37 H (range 22-35%)
        LH- .56 (range .97- 14.7 mIU/mL)

        Estradoil (saliva)- 1.3 pg/mL (1.3-3.3 premenopausal)
        Progesterone (saliva) 25pg/mL (range 75-270)
        Ratio Pg/E2(saliva) 19 L(range 100-500 when E2 1.3-3.3)
        Testosterone (saliva) – 63 H (range 16-55)

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  34. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    Hello, so glad I came across this post. I’m estrogen dominant and recently started taking DIM and Calcium D-Glucarate. This is the first I hear of Myomin and I’m wondering if it is safe to also take it with the DIM and Calcium D-Glucarate. I looked online for information on it and unfortunately the info provided is very limited. Would love to also hear about your experience with it.

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  35. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    P.S. I also take pregnalone as my doctor found my levels almost at 0, according to her.

    Thanks for your feedback!

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