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Question about periods/ovaries

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  • Posted By: itsallyoueverdo
  • October 8, 2007
  • 03:35 PM

For a few years, my period has never been 'normal'... I'd have my period anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months. Most of the time it was spotting, but it just wouldn't ever completely go away, and if it did it only went away for a day.
I went to the gyno and they took a blood test, and I was told I have low estrogen levels. (I had it done twice and that was the result both times)
In July I was taken to the hospital because I had a really sharp pain in my right side, I thought it was my appendix. They did a catscan and it was fine. Then they did an ultrasound thinking it might be a cyst... but they said the ultrasound wont be 100% accurate because of the catscan. Again, they saw nothing and I was sent home.
But now everytime my period comes to an end, I'll get a little pain, or it'll just feel like there is something there.

Can low estrogen levels cause cysts? Could that even be what it is?
Everytime I look up low estrogen levels all I find is menopause lol and I'm 21 so I know it can't be THAT. I'm just having trouble researching this and I would like your opinions on what you think this might be, or even if someone can give me something that I could look up...
Thanks!

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  • Hi,My issue on your question: I had very heavy periods, but no cyst. Now my periods are regular due to the following testing....They determined I had VERY high estrogen and VERY low testoterone. I was a candidate for cysts.I am new to the site, and the only reason I am here because I want people to know about some diagnostic testing that the health industry does not talk about to their patients. I started diagnostic Electro Dermal Screening Analysis from a clinic near Atlanta, GA last February. I am now vibrant again! I have about 2-3 more months of toxicity detox, but it has been worth every dime. My 3 small children (under 5 years of age) have their mom back again! I plan on typing my story on the main "Tell Your Story Screen" for hope to others. I cannot promote any certain clinics, but maybe you can do a search on the screening process and find some help. In Summary: This test determines what bodily functions and organs are NOT working properly due to the environmental elements, heavy metals from preservative vaccinations and toxic elements as well as genetic issues.Best wishes...there is hope and if I can struggle through it and make it, we all can!
    mellie 4 Replies
    • October 8, 2007
    • 06:16 PM
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  • thanks!does anyone else have any ideas on possibilities?
    itsallyoueverdo 8 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 10:26 PM
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  • PCOS-maybe? Do some research on PCOS and just so you know, you are NEVER too young for menopause. My sister started going thru it at your age.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 11:26 PM
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  • PCOS is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It can cause many endocrinological problems including skipped periods, insulin resistance, infertility, acne, abnormal hair growth (face or chest) plus many others not listed here. Symptoms vary greatly among suffers and is usually diagnosed by extensive blood work and/or vaginal ultrasound of the ovaries. You can diagnosed with PCOS and not have cysts on your ovaries. You should be seen by a GYN that is experienced with hormonal imbalances and PCOS or a Reproductive Endocrinologist. There are many treatments available.
    CassAnn 25 Replies
    • November 5, 2007
    • 01:15 AM
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  • I don't know how old you are but this is some general info: Estrogen is the dominant hormone in the first half of the menstrual cycle and continues to play a part throughout the second half as well. If estrogen is low, the normal feedback mechanisms of the hypothalamus and pituitary do not function causing an imbalance in the natural menstruation cycle. In such women the lining of the uterus is scant and not hospitable to a pregnancy. More often than not, in these women, ovulation may not occur at all. There are ALOT of symptoms connected to low estrogen:Rapid pulse rate Bloating Pain intoleranceFatigue (worse in the afternoon) Constant fatigue, lethargy and fatigue on light exertion. Poor Memory Hot flashes Joint pain Low Sex Drive Depression Headaches Osteoarthritis Low Back Pain Dry skin Vaginal Dryness Unexplained weight gain On the bright side: Carrying a low estrogen level has benefits.Less cancer risk is one, and it reduces the need for hormone replacement during menopause. Women on high-fat diets have a high estrogen level during their reproductive years. This level then takes a precipitous drop during menopause, when estrogen production is shifted from the ovaries to the adrenals and fat cells. The drop causes many of the symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. On the other hand, women who are adapted to a lower level of estrogen before menopause have less of a transition at menopause. For a metrorrhagia (more frequent menses) type of irregular menstrual pattern, it is important to give up tobacco, alcohol and cut caffeine. Try to minimize any medications that you do not have to take. Taking a phytoestrogen supplement on a daily basis may help stabilize the menstrual cycle length. For a low estrogen, irregular menstrual problem, the key treatments are:stress reduction and/or relaxation techniqueselimination of overly strenuous physical exercisea healthy diet (if you have any kind of eating disorder this needs to be taken care of)Hope this helps Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2007
    • 06:33 AM
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  • I had the same problem. Because you are bleeding all of the time, on/off, light/heavy, your hormone leveld dont have a chance to regulate themselves during the time when you should't be bleeding. As for the pain, i had severe, dibilitating, sharp pain in my lower right quadrant for years, especially when I would sneeze or cough hard, or even move funny. Every time I went to the doc I told him it felt like I "pulled an ovary", and he assured me nothing was wrong, this was even the case with regular exams and ultrasounds! Well, after 4 years of trips to the doc and the E.R. I went to the hospital unable to move or speak because the pain was so bad. A vaginal ultrasound, along with regular sonogram revealed that i had an ovarian cyst rupture. The problem was that it was so big it went undetected. Hope that helped!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 7, 2007
    • 05:08 AM
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  • the thing is though, the pain isnt a constant pain, it just comes before/after my period (it finally ended btw!)i should be getting health insurance soon so i am definately going to get this checked out.thanks guys!
    itsallyoueverdo 8 Replies
    • November 11, 2007
    • 09:58 PM
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