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Thread: Issues with Progesterone (Estrogen Dominance)

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    Issues with Progesterone (Estrogen Dominance)

    Hi Grammy,

    Thank you for all your help, this forum has been a lifesaver in helping to calm the nerves

    I am on VLCD 16 and have lost 9 lbs (I have about 20 to lose so I think things are going well - I had lost 9 lbs by VLCD12 so I am in a stall but I also just started TOM, not too worried, and I am POP).

    3 weeks ago, when I went to the doctor to start on HCG I also got all my labs done. I had a follow up yesterday and the doctor said everything was fine except vitamin D was very low so I need to supplement. He didn't seem concerned about my progesterone - muttered something like "it is a bit low but itll affect your HCG so lets not do anything yet." But this is the main reason I got my labs done!

    I have a family friend doctor and showed him my labs. he said my progesterone is very low and that i will need to fix that in a few months if it doesn't self stabilize (to note, I am 30 and will plan for kids in the next year or so). Here is my concern - I gained 20 lbs this time last year. I am fairly positive it was due to low progesterone because at the same time my period went to 13-15 day cycles. I am now at a 32 day cycle (twice only) due to acupuncture. So its a bit long now but im hoping it stabilizes to 28 - seeing my progesterone as low though 3 weeks ago is concerning to me.

    My biggest fear is that when I get off HCG I will just gain all the weight back because I have this underlying issue w my progesterone. Have you seen this happen before? What would you suggest I do?

    To note, my level was <.2 ng/dL but it was ALSO 2-3 days before ovulation so maybe i have nothing to worry about? I know this may not be your expertise but I am hoping you have seen someone have this condition and not gain the weight back but stabilize just fine

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    The best time to pull labs for progesterone is day 19-21 of your cycle. If you pull at any other time it's really difficult to gauge how low it really is because it's supposed to be low at other times. But yes, if you have hormone imbalances, it can make it easier to regain. And taking progesterone while on hcg is perfectly fine. I never stopped by bioidenticals on any of my rounds and absolutely wouldn't. But I wouldn't assume anything until you get labs pulled at the right time.
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    Makes sense, thank you.

    I will retest at the right time once I am off HCG. Might even get a new doctor.

    Just praying that I can somehow stabilize through all of this. After all, this hasn't been easy and I was never intending on doing multiple rounds!

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    Usually when a person regains it's either they go back to eating something that was causing inflammation in the first place. This is often gluten, dairy, or soy. Or they have a hormonal imbalance that contributes to the problem. Sometimes it's both.
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    Well, the good news is I NEVER eat gluten or soy ever and dairy very occasionally but have tested to see if I am sensitive twice and I do fine with it. I will be doing P3 and P4 properly so if I am gaining I will know it is the hormone issue and have it addressed immediately!

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