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In Topic: vitex...GOOD OR BAD EXPERIENCE ?

02 December 2014 - 09:12 AM

I've heard that can happen in some cases... I had the same problem for the first few months but I was warned beforehand that it would happen. I also had the heaviest cycles I've ever had (I am normally very light) and at one point I was panicking, thinking that was my life now! lol But after a few months my cycle returned to normal, thank goodness!


In Topic: Help With Dim

02 December 2014 - 08:59 AM

Thanks hearts. I'm still having issues with my skin, so I've been thinking that perhaps I should try a different brand of DIM. I did try DIM Detox for a few days and it made my acne much worse, but perhaps that's because it's a cocktail of herbs. I've been looking into Smoky Mountain Naturals DIM becasue it's soy-free. Thoughts?

WishClean, if you read this, I'd love your opinion too!

 

You could if you want — it's not a bad idea. I remember you saying that Estroblock worked for some girls when other DIM brands didn't. Even though it has I3C, maybe that's what it takes for some people. If you're going to try changing brands it would be better to do it now while you are already taking DIM.

 

In my opinion I don't think brand is going to matter that much, but maybe I'm wrong. If you saw some improvement with DIM it would be a different story but it doesn't sound like you have. Correct me if I'm wrong.

 

By the way, this is random but it made me think of your situation with spiro... L-lysine worked for a girl with PCOS when spiro didn't work completely. Worth a glance, anyway.


In Topic: Help With Dim

01 December 2014 - 01:16 AM

Good luck with myomin! I really hope it works for you. I hear you about being nervous to add CDG because of negative reviews, but for every negative there is a positive. And I literally breakout from EVERYTHING and have had no issues with CDG (though I still breakout, the frequency and severity hasn't changed as a result of CDG). If you do consider it in the future, just start with a super low dose and a reputable brand.

I forgot that DIM is supposed to be an antiandrogen! You rarely read about that element, the literature is usually all about estrogen. Could you explain the antiandrogen action of DIM to me? Confused. :-S
Thx!
B

 

Sorry I missed this until now! 

 

Yeah, there was a study done to show that it was quite a potent anti-androgen but there really isn't that much more written about it. To be honest, I am not sure how potent it is compared to spiro, etc. I have read on another forum of someone getting their DHT tested before and after DIM and it did reduce levels. I really think that the effect is what cleared the rest of my skin up, but it's impossible to know for sure.

 

How's everything going?

 

Thanks for the encouragement about Myomin, I just got it in the mail today. (:


In Topic: vitex...GOOD OR BAD EXPERIENCE ?

01 December 2014 - 12:45 AM

Can anyone on here tell me the rolls of progesterone/estrogen both with acne and your cycle in general? I am thinking of using vitex, but my skin is in bad shape and I do not want it getting worse...

My doc wants to give me the mirena, but I have had bad experiences with birth control, and I have never had kids, so the insertion will be awful. From what I have read on it, mirena just produces progesterone? No estrogen? I know vitex doesnt product progesterone but doesnt it elevate those levels?  So does progesterone break you out? Or does estrogen break you out? Is it more complicated than that? If vitex makes women more fertile, because of the progesterone, wouldn't it be better for your acne?- when I ovulate or I am 'fertile'- is when my skin looks best. Is that cause of the progesterone?!! I am so confused! 

 

Mirena supplies PROGESTIN, not progesterone. Progestin is different and synthetic. Progestin-only birth control (including Mirena) have been known to cause acne.

 

I would strongly consider not getting a Mirena if you are acne prone, and getting Paraguard (hormone free copper IUD) instead if you need birth control. I have never had kids either... the insertion was a little painful like bad cramps but it was quick.

 

And in short, yes it is more complicated than that. There is no "evil" hormone, it's all about the balance and ratios between everything. For me, too much estrogen/not enough progesterone caused problems, but that is not the case for everyone.


In Topic: Treating Hormonal Acne The Natural Way?

25 November 2014 - 08:34 AM

So I'm back to square one.This is sooo devastating. I am now taking vitex to help with my irregular cycles but so far no change in that department. I also recently started taking inositol 1g but I sceptic about it because I don't have (not that I know off..) PCOS or insulin problems. I also take and have been taking for months a multivitamin with vitamin A, C ,D , B-complex , Zinc etc.

 

Hearts sorry if this is a dumb question but  what is NPC? Vitex did help regulate my period before but I guess it stopped working after a while.

I'm actually quite interested in trying progesterone cream. The symptoms that I have (other than acne EVERYWHERE and irregular periods) are headaches&migraines, night sweats/hot flashes, mood swings/depression but I think it's due to acne. I had quite bad hair loss before as well but it seems to have calmed down now (knocks on wood). This makes me think I could be low on either estrogen or progesterone and then I also have high DHEA like I've mentioned before. Do you think progesterone would help? If I decided to try it should I stop vitex or any of the other supplements? What brand did you use and how long till you noticed the results? When should I apply it if my cycles are super short (14-19 days lately..)? It used to be the other way around, I just can't keep up with these hormones! It's really annoying having a period every other week I think I'll end up anemic if this won't stop soon

Sorry for all the questions I'm just so frustrated and desperate :'I !!

 

Yeah, if you are having serious side effects after giving it enough time to adjust then do what you think is best for you... it's not worth risking your health for clear skin. There are literally hundreds of options out there to try if one thing (no matter how popular) doesn't work. Don't lose hope! (:

 

NPC is just abbreviation for natural progesterone cream. If you want to know more, send me a PM about it... there are a couple members here that seem against it for some reason so I stopped talking about it so much on this board. Again, what works for some doesn't work for others. I think it could help a lot with your irregular periods, hot flashes, migraines, and even leveling your mood. It may or may not help your skin... it's really hard to say. I used Emerita Progest daily (not certain times of the month) about 20-40mg (1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon.) Took 3-4 months (the first 2 weeks were like bad pms due to hormones receptors waking up but after that it was smooth sailing.) However, I had severe cystic acne all over so I had to take DIM to clear the rest (mostly on my back) up. Vitex helps with progesterone levels too (as well as blocking prolactin) — has it helped you at all? I'm not sure how it compares to the levels in actually using progesterone, however. Hope that helps!