hi danielle, i just replied to your private message to my inbox - so sorry i couldnt get to you before, my hubby has been seriously ill and i havent really had a chance to do anything on the forums. anyway, please check your forum Inbox to see my 2 messages to you. lack of estrogen CAN cause depression, however, by increasing the estrogen you may make your other problems worse, because even with a lack of estrogen, you will likely be even MORE lacking in progesterone, after mirena, as it seems that our bodies cannot make sufficient progesterone after having mirena pump its own synthetic brand into us. If you take natural progesterone cream, any excess should go into production of natural estrogen anyway, so there is no need to go onto the pill. Even if you get the amount of estrogen that you need, to the correct level, if you are lacking in progesterone, you will get problems in the long term. However, as you are already trying the pill, then see how you go. You may be ok as everyone is different, so just be very aware of how you feel emotionally and physically day to day, maybe keep a diary of what is going on in your body, and at the first sign of any side effects, please get off all forms of doctor's synthetic hormones and allow your body to start healing itself.
For your interest - though there is lots of googling you can do:) i am copying a list of symptoms that can caused by estrogen dominance and/or lack of progesterone(you can be estrogen dominant even if you dont have enough estrogen, but have a lack of progesterone in relation to the estrogen) It is actually quite difficult for us western women to be lacking in estrogen because we come into contact with estrogen producing substances so much in our lifestyle, but the medics seem to like to push it onto us. Anyway here are 2 lots of copy and paste.... take care and good luck, let us know how you get on:) Kabel xxx
Estrogen dominance / PMS
Taken in part from a transcript of a Seminar by Dr John R. Lee, M.D.
So now we see, what we've got is an epidemic of estrogen dominance going on. The estrogen can come from the xenoestrogens, it can come from the estrogen the doctors are giving inappropriately. It can come from the more estrogen you make because you're eating more fat, and more sugars and more calories than you truly need, and it can come from the fact that your ovaries are not making the right amount of progesterone.
Signs Of Low Progesterone And Estrogen Excess
Loss of libido
2.)Estrogen (Estradiol) Excess
Craving for sweets
Mood swings (PMS)
Water retention, edema (swelling, bloating)
Fatigue, no energy
Fibrocystic breasts, Breast swelling
Weight gain in hips and thighs
Heavy or irregular menses
Loss of sex drive (libido)
low thyroid - cold hands and feet
Estrogen dominance is a term that describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal or excessive estrogen, but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. Even a woman with low estrogen levels can have estrogen dominance symptoms if she doesn't have enough progesterone.
Excess estrogen causing estrogen dominance is also received transdermally from all sorts of external sources. These are called Xenoestrogens. These are fat-soluble and non-biodegradable in nature. The major sources of these Xenoestrogens are pesticides, detergents, petroleum products, plastic products, cosmetics, even spermicides used for birth control in diaphragm jellies, condoms and in vaginal gels. So think twice when you drink your hot coffee or tea in that plastic or Styrofoam cup from the convenient store on your way to work. What ever you do, DO NOT heat your food in plastic cookware. All of these contribute to the estrogen dominance and have been linked to birth defects in both humans and animals.
Estrogen Dominance and the symptoms associated with it:
Acceleration of the aging process
Allergies, including asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion
Autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosis, thyroiditis,and Sjoegren's
Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction