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Am I hormonally imbalanced?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 25, 2011 at 5:07 PM

I eat very clean and recently made the shift to grass fed meats. I was hoping my periods would shorten in duration, but that hasn't been the case. I still bleed at least 7 days, sometimes longer if you count the spotting. Also, I am almost always producing a bit of colostrum. My youngest child is over 3. I'm 32 yrs old and I had a tubal ligation after my 3 yr old was born. Any ideas?

7fdf813e2163735257aaab72178ee864

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on September 26, 2011
at 03:45 PM

read up on mirena ... had mine removed after 45 days of spotting...

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on September 25, 2011
at 09:00 PM

I will see if he will look into that. I'm thinking it may be the Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome issue.

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on September 25, 2011
at 07:25 PM

what about prolactin levels? estrogen levels? progesterone levels?

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 25, 2011
at 06:45 PM

Wow, I've never heard of that. I will check into it.

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 25, 2011
at 06:11 PM

Definitely eating plenty of fat! :)

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 25, 2011
at 05:57 PM

I have seen my doc and he wants me to do the thermal cauterization procedure to destroy the lining of my uterus and end all possibility of ever having another child. I don't think I want another child but I don't want to do that to my body. I do supplement and eat organ meats at least twice a week.

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on September 25, 2011
at 05:53 PM

I am 32. I didn't breast feed very long since I didn't produce enough milk, so I.haven't breast fed in 3 yrs. I don't have hardly any of the symptoms of estrogen dominance but I do store much of my fat in my thighs. I know this may be TMI but it may matter. I only get to have sex maybe once a month due to circumstances of my life. One of those circumstances is this blasted long period. I bring this up because I know prostaglandins can influence.

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on September 25, 2011
at 05:30 PM

How old are you? Do you have any signs of estrogen dominance? The nipple discharge is pretty common after bfing. I continued to produce after breastfeeding both my kids for years after. But in those who have not had babies this could indicate high prolactin - but prolactin causes periods to stop. So the discharge may not be related to the long cycles.

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on September 25, 2011
at 06:32 PM

I don't want to worry you, there may not be much "science" to this, but anecdotally- almost every woman I know who has had her tubes tied has these symptoms. Have you looked into post tubal ligation syndrome (PTLS)?
And most docs answer is to do the uterine ablation, or put you on hormone birth control.

Now for my anecdote- I don't have my tubes tied but my periods have gotten significantly worse over the years :'( Having a really bad painful one right now actually. I am considering getting Mirena, I wanted to go all natural hormone free, but I can't handle these periods. I had Mirena in the past and did OK with it.

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 25, 2011
at 06:45 PM

Wow, I've never heard of that. I will check into it.

7fdf813e2163735257aaab72178ee864

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on September 26, 2011
at 03:45 PM

read up on mirena ... had mine removed after 45 days of spotting...

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on September 25, 2011
at 07:53 PM

I have endometriosis, which is supposedly an estrogen dominant condition. Endometriosis brings on long, heavy, painful periods. I'm not saying you have endo, but that some of the things I've tried/come across may also be helpful for you, since you have some similar symptoms.

First off, go check out www.westonaprice.org >> Health Topics >> Women's Health. Read through those articles. Frequent themes are getting enough vitamin A from traditional foods and fermented cod liver oil. One thing I didn't catch the first time I read it was to ditch the iron supplements - I was supplementing on doctor's advice with 300mg/day of ferrous gluconate (at just over 10% absorption rate that was 35mg of elemental iron per day), and my periods were getting heavier. It didn't click until I read WAPF and then I dropped the iron supplements. The next period was lighter already. So I don't know if there's iron in any of the supplements you use, but something to think about. If you still need iron: eat organ meats, especially liver!

Best of luck getting this issue solved.

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Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

on September 25, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Have you seen your doc about this? It's be good to get serum estrogen, prolactin etc

Otherwise, all the usual apply, we either need to supplement or eat nose-to-tail. To achieve a sufficiency of zinc, copper, b vitamins, phospholipids etc we really do need brain, thymus (insert long list of organs here) rather than just muscle meat and liver. And while we can supplement, food sources are probably the way to go where possible.

Please do see your doc though. Sooner rather than later.

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Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

on September 25, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Have you seen your doc about this? It's be good to get serum estrogen, prolactin etc

Otherwise, all the usual apply, we either need to supplement or eat nose-to-tail. To achieve a sufficiency of zinc, copper, b vitamins, phospholipids etc we really do need brain, thymus (insert long list of organs here) rather than just muscle meat and liver. And while we can supplement, food sources are probably the way to go where possible.

Please do see your doc though. Sooner rather than later.

Eecc48184707bc26bce631485b5b7e34

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on September 25, 2011
at 07:25 PM

what about prolactin levels? estrogen levels? progesterone levels?

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

(3209)

on September 25, 2011
at 09:00 PM

I will see if he will look into that. I'm thinking it may be the Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome issue.

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

(3209)

on September 25, 2011
at 05:57 PM

I have seen my doc and he wants me to do the thermal cauterization procedure to destroy the lining of my uterus and end all possibility of ever having another child. I don't think I want another child but I don't want to do that to my body. I do supplement and eat organ meats at least twice a week.

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on September 25, 2011
at 05:45 PM

I have only one tip, and a possible lead.

I've always had long, heavy periods, and a short cycle too. At one point a few years ago I found some obscure research suggesting that citrus bioflavonoids can help with heavy periods, so I tried it. When I take high doses of these, like 900+ mg a day, I bleed only about 4 days, as opposed to 7. It's still heavy during those days, and no less frequent, but the duration is cut almost in half.

I've recently noticed the fact that anemia can cause heavy periods, and I've had blood taken to measure ferritin, serum iron, TIBC, and % saturation. Apparently this combination of measurements can reveal iron anemia even if hemoglobin and hematocrit show normal. So, I'm interested to see the results. I get plenty of dietary iron, my diet being carnivourous, but apparently one can still have iron absorption problems, for example in celiac disease. So that might be something to look into.

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on September 27, 2011
at 05:59 PM

Please have your thyroid checked also. Improving the omega 3/6 balance in your diet also helps, but is a longer term fix

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on September 26, 2011
at 12:00 AM

You should see an endocrinologist.

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on September 25, 2011
at 07:18 PM

Short periods sounds like relative estrogen dominance/low progesterone, because progesterone is responsible for the length of the luteal phase, usually very short if progesterone is low. Fat storage on the thighs is also an estrogen dominance thing. It's definitely worth a visit to the doctor or someone who can do a hormone profile for you.

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on September 25, 2011
at 06:07 PM

eating enough fat? try a heavy metal detox. I wear magnetic gloves as night when my periods are heavy and they do the trick.

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 25, 2011
at 06:11 PM

Definitely eating plenty of fat! :)

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