I am a 26 year old female who has been in hell for the last six or so years due to what I'm 99% sure is hormone related.

I got a blood test a few months back that showed both my estrogen and progesterone were in "low but normal" range.

My periods have been wildly irregular since they first began. I began noticing other symptoms around the age of 20:

-Irregular periods
-Acne
-Intense insomnia
-96 body temperature
-Anxiety/panic attacks
-Inability to lose weight (3-5 pounds will fall off magically during my period if I have been exercising and eating right, but ONLY on my period -- which only comes every 35-60 days otherwise the scale won't budge.) Also carry most weight in love handles, hips, thighs.
-Total lack of energy
-Intolerance of alcohol (rapid heart rate/huge blood pressure rise hours after consuming -- unsure if directly related)
-Random rapid heart rate/tachycardia
-Semi intolerance to exercise (never feel like I'm improving -- always very hard, could be just lack of general energy).
-Ovarian cyst (one that goes away and comes back over and over, biopsied as benign)

I have been working with a naturopath for the last few years who is always baffled as to what could be going on (hasn't necessarily focused on hormones though so I think it's being overlooked even with blood results showing they are low).

Now, for the strange part. I have tried many different hormone balancing supplements (maca, vitex, tulsi, symplex f, the list goes on and on) a few years back they seemed to work great. I believe back then I was estrogen dominant (because of the insomnia). But NOW whenever I take even the smallest does of any of these, I am overcome with crippling fatigue. The feeling of having been sedated with a horse tranquilizer.

I began taking maca in powder form five months ago due to insomnia (wasn't taking any other hormone balancers at the time and thought maca may be different). It worked great for about a month -- I was having regular periods (but it was very thick, gel like blood... Maybe TMI but I think this is progesterone related) and then I began realizing a week before my period and during my period I couldn't get out of bed. Exhaustion. Then this effect took over and was happening everyday. It took a turn for the worse so I quit the maca but am still suffering from the fatigue. I have some good weeks but still low energy.

I am ASSUMING I had estrogen dominance and the hormone balancer supplements were only driving up my progesterone for whatever reason, leaving me completely unbalanced in the opposite direction (insomnia to sleeping all day and night everyday). Unfortunately, because I took the maca for so long the fatigue has been lasting.

I thought perhaps it had to do with thyroid or adrenal fatigue, but I tried some natural supplement for both these issues as well, and both made me wake up in the middle of the night suddenly with 165/95 blood pressure and 150 bpm heart rate. So I'm assuming thyroid/adrenals aren't necessarily the problem.

My current state is debating whether or not to get on the pill, because at this point -- I'm desperate. I have tried every angle (all the remedies, diets, exercise, I've done them all.) And nothing seems to bring my body to a point of balance and not a swinging wildly from extreme to extreme status.

My fear is I will take a pill that drives my already low hormones down lower, or drives one up higher and, like the supplements did, I'm left in an extreme state of insomnia or anxiety or fatigue or whatever.

What would be my best option from the info given?
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replied March 30th, 2016
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Your symptoms are suggestive of PCOS. You need to lose weight, start oral contraceptives, clomiphene and metformin. Losing weight is the key. Get also thyroid hormonal assessment and let them sort it out. Stay in touch with your ObGyn and let them help you in this regard.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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replied February 17th, 2017
I would love to chat with you. I'm struggling big time with a lot of these symptoms and feel like I'm losing my sanity
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