If you're experiencing any one or more of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from hormonal imbalance:
Signs of hormonal imbalance often begin in the late 20's and increase as we age. Teens may also experience symptoms of hormonal imbalance with the onset of menstruation. An imbalance can be especially noticeable pre-menstrually, or during stressful life transitions such as the postnatal period, peri-menopause, or menopause itself.
In women, hormonal imbalance manifests primarily in the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body. These hormones are in delicate balance, and slight variations in this balance can cause many adverse symptoms.
Doctors have historically recommended, and prescribed, synthetic estrogens and progestins to treat the symptoms of menopause and PMS. This is largely because most of the information that the doctors receive about new treatments are from the pharmaceutical companies. And because a product that can be produced naturally can not be patented the pharmaceutical companies have to create a synthetic version with a slightly modified molecule in order to patent the product.
This however has been shown to be extremely unhealthy for your body. A New England Journal of Medicine article in 1995 involving 121,700 women showed that the chance of developing breast cancer went up to 40 percent in women that used estrogens and progestins (synthetic progesterone) for more than five years. Estrogen dominance is a term coined by Dr. Lee. It describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal, or excessive estrogen but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. Even a woman with low estrogen levels can have estrogen-dominance symptoms if she doesn't have any progesterone.
The symptoms and conditions associated with estrogen dominance are:
Acceleration of the aging process
Allergy symptoms, including asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion
Autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosis and thyroiditis, and possible Sjogren's disease
Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction
Decreased sex drive
Depression with anxiety or agitation
Early onset of menstruation
Endometrial (uterine) cancer
Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips, and thigh
High blood pressure
Headaches - Migraines
Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes)
Irregular menstrual periods
Painful swollen breasts
Premenopausal bone loss
Skin: Rosacea, rashes, dermatitis
Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
Water retention, bloating
Men may also use Natural Progesterone to balance testosterone, to alleviate symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate, and to reverse the feminizing effects of too much estrogen.
John R. Lee, M.D. is internationally acknowledged as a pioneer and expert in the study and use of the hormone progesterone, and on the subject of hormone replacement therapy for women. He used transdermal progesterone extensively in his clinical practice for nearly a decade, doing research which showed that it can reverse osteoporosis.
Dr. Lee has had a distinguished medical career, including graduating from Harvard and the University of Minnesota Medical School. He retired from a 30-year family practice in Northern California a few years ago and ever since has been writing and traveling around the world speaking to doctors, scientists and lay people about progesterone. Dr. Lee has taught a very popular course on "Optimal Health," at the College of Marin for 15 years. He is the author of the best-selling book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone (Warner Books, 1996), the new What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life from Thirty to Fifty (Warner Books, 1999), and editor of the John R. Lee, M.D. Medical Letter .