Posted 13 May 2014 - 06:57 AM
Being underweight can cause hormone imbalance in women, and can even cause menses to cease. I suggest trying to healthfully gaining a little body fat to see if this helps you. Women function best hormonally when they have some subcutaneous fat, since fat both stores and creates estrogen. Obviously, having too much body fat can cause the opposite problem: too much estrogen, so of course I'm not advocating going out and guzzling milkshakes and gaining 20lbs. Gain whatever weight you would need to gain to be on the low end of normal for your height. If the doctor is saying your androgen levels are normal, that's to be taken with a grain of salt; If you have more androgens then estrogen/progesterone, you are going to have problems as a woman. I would be wary of hormone blockers, since they aren't dealing with the main issue: an imbalance of estrogens and androgens.
Your hormones can really affect the way you look! I was a wiry, gangly, strong kid with a ton of lean muscle and I grew into a very hippy, chesty adult. Go figure. I'm still quite muscular, though.
Edited by dscully, 13 May 2014 - 07:06 AM.
Suffered from acne as a young adult that went into remission when put on hormonal birth control. Went off the HBC around age 22 and the acne returned with a vengeance (along with a host of other hormonal complaints). 100% clear with a modified diet that excludes dairy, sugars, grains, citrus and cured meats and emphasizes whole food-based nutrition from both plant and animal sources, most notably organ meats like liver and juiced whole vegetables. I have included a recipe for the most helpful juice I have come up with for skin complaints. I drink it every day, and it is invaluable for acne due to the large amounts of vitamin A (carotenoids) from both the carrots and beets. It also helps improve your coloring if you are very fair, giving you a pinkish, more radiant look (not orange. Don't worry!).
In a juicer, combine:
1 medium beet
2-3 stalks of celery
1 small apple (Green is preferred. Omit if you are very sugar-sensitive)
1 small (1inch) piece of ginger (optional, but good for digestion)
This makes a variable amount of juice depending on the size of the vegetables you use.
Drink this throughout the morning until it's gone. Store in the fridge not longer than one day.
Having perfectly clear skin on my wedding day was worth all the headache and effort of figuring out how diet affects acne!