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Mary K

Issues with hormones - CHECK!

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So like many women out there, my hormones are not balanced. I do not get a monthly visitor. While I have had it where I went and entire year with getting one once a month, most years have been 4 to 8 times a year. The issue here is I am healthy otherwise and no doctor has been able to recommend anything outside of birth control. That is something I refuse to be on. I have found a few things that have helped me. Maca root, wheat germ, and chia seeds. When I actually work with them and make an effort to have them on a daily or at least weekly basis, my hormones are far more balanced. 

 

Also, I noticed that piercings can effect hormones too! This is a new discovery for me. I stopped wearing my earrings 24/7 and it does make a difference. I have to read more on why. 

 

What hormone issues do you gals have? What has helped you?

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Gosh... If I eat a good amount of food and avoid processed food, my hormones get better in shape. Also exercise.

 

I reckon I'll never be completely normal... and I guess I'm okay with it. Hopefully, that'll be enough to be healthy otherwise. But I seriously am crap with medication or powders and things like that. And I tried a few of those in the past with little to no effect by themselves. So I dunno xD

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Not sure exactly what my hormone issues are but considering I’m experiencing infertility + multiple miscarriages, likely cause is estrogen dominance, which leads to lower progesterone and higher androgens I believe. I’m 36 and I still get hella bad acne too. I started taking a supplement called Estrosmart a while back and it made a big difference in controlling my acne and even shortening my cycle back to a normal length (28 days vs. 35 days).

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@Plazmotic ahh my cycle is also around the 30 many days xD Haven't been able to change that yet! Unfortunately, that supplement has been discontinued here in the UK :/ 

 

My acne got better as soon as I started making my own facial cream with natural ingredients and keeping my face nice and moisturized though. Apparently drying my face only makes it worse, going from blackheads with occasional proper bumps, to bumps everywhere, like freaking vulcanoes.

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Hi ladies i was diagnosed with pcos when I was in my 20s and have had all kinds of hormone problems. Natural progesterone, DIM, and belly dance and dance workouts have helped me more than anything. I had to get electrolysis in my thirties to deal with all the stray hairs and had heavy irregular periods and cystic acne for a long time. Natural progesterone was the only thing that got my cycles regular and for some reason the dancing helped with my skin and weight fluctuations a ton. I always work with a dance based personal trainer now and take belly and adult beginner dance classes as much as I can. Maybe because it's cortisol lowering, my friend in California insists it's because of feminine energies, whatever it is it's made such a big difference.

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First, get other doctor opinions if you can. I had one doctor insist I was fine until they caved into my begging for blood work and an ultrasound. Surprise, I wasn't healthy. My ovaries were COVERED in cysts. I've learned that it's best to get copies of paperwork and to visit a specialist. 

 

Anyway, since then, I've changed my diet and routine. I'm hardcore about getting enough sleep. I eat little to no added sugar or processed foods. I'm talking about half a can of soda in a year. I still eat fruits, but nothing crazy like a fruit smoothie. I've been cutting out dairy. Little to no bread. Bread isn't bad. It's just the processed stuff at the store. Besides, I've found that carbs don't work for me. Which is my point: figure out the healthy diet that feels right to you! Nutrition is important. They say blueberries and cinnamon are great.

 

Exercise can affect your hormones. Weight lifting and such increase androgens (male hormones). I reduce my weight training and focused on cardio and dance. So again, figure out which hormones might be off for you. It was my androgens that were too high.

 

I've also spent more time on self-care, like having a "salon day"...I make no plans, binge Netflix, dye my hair, take a bubble bath, do a face mask...you get the idea. I do this on the regular because stress can really throw off hormones!

 

That's what I've got so far. I used to have no period and after three years of diligent lifestyle changes, I've lost 50 lbs and I have a regular period again! So...I'm doing something right. I don't take any meds, no birth control either.

 

Almost forgot to add that I've been using raw honey on my face to combat acne. 

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Bad PMS? Well it gets me low, sometimes it gets real bad and I can't really function as I'm that miserable, also have flashes of rage. It's not something that's been medically looked into so I can't say for sure but it mostly goes in cycles.

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