I think I'm having issues with estrogen but I'm not sure what.
I got an oestradiol test. The results: 81 pmol/L. According to the sheet I got at the clinic, normal ranges for premenopausal women are between 90 to 958 pmol/L. What does this mean?
I suffer from acne, low libido, and insulin resistance.
I fit a lot the symptoms of low progesterone and estrogen dominance.
I have an issue with excess copper.
Zinc and magnesium supplements
greatly improve my skin. I can't emphasize enough how amazing magnesium is for me.
Have been eating paleo for nearly two years now. Changed my life, but still have some skin and libido issues.
Primal diet, intermittent fasting, and cinnamon are controlling insulin resistance.
I have regular periods. A week or two after my period ends, I develop
coarse chin hair and cystic acne. I don't have a problem with hirsutism on my face, but my chest is rather hairy.
I'm 23, 124 pounds, fit.
I wish I could discuss this with a medical professional, but in my area (sub-Saharan Africa) there's no such luck finding one who would talk sensibly about my issues. So I turn to you, the Paleohacks hive mind.
Please help me understand my estrogen issues. What further tests should I take? Direction to relevant literature or resources to learn more about the issue would be appreciated.
asked byHannah_15 (45)
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on August 31, 2013
at 03:07 AM
You're too low in estrogen, I don't think you fit the estrogen dominance pattern. Have you checked your testosterone levels? Another thing to check as well would be thyroid levels.
on August 30, 2013
at 11:06 PM
I was just reading today about the correlation between copper and estrogen on the one hand, and zinc and progesterone on the other. I'd increase the zinc a bit, and make sure you're getting the trace minerals as well.
Anecdotally, I noticed the excess hair diminishing when I was getting a decent amount of coconut oil.
Yes on magnesium! I love it. I did add calcium back in once I'd corrected my Mg deficiency, since they need each other.