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I was inspired to write you again after reading the O endometriosis question.
I am in my late 40's, blood type A, and I have been struggling with endometriosis since my early 20's. Been a faithful follower of the A blood type diet (secretor status ?), and although many things have improved dramatically, the endometriosis is still a problem and is affecting my energy levels trememdously. I can anticipate each month, for the week before my period, a profound change in my energy levels. I just want to sleep continuously, and frequently I'll stay home one of those days with a migraine and fatigue.
My cycles were only about 19 days apart. I have followed your prescription for pregnenolone, and have noticed some definate improvements already (approx 20 days of use at 10 mg(?)) Did not experience any pain mid-cycle, which has been the usual.
I am also using a small amount of progesterone cream, which has helped in the past, but seemed to aggravate a problem with candida. I have just started a small amount in the last couple of months because the symptoms of the endo were getting more severe. My cycle has increased to 22-23 days because of the progesterone.
The question is, should I be using both, or does the pregnenolone take the place of the progesterone cream? Most of the rest of the things that you suggested for the O was probably applicable to me, and I have taken some bromelain, but is there anything else you can suggest for an A in which the diet does not seem to be enough.
Sometimes I worry that there is more wrong than the endometriosis, but the only way to determine that is more surgery, and I'm tired of that route. Any help you could give I'd appreciate. Thanks. Chris
Hello, Chris! First thing I would suggest is to get the saliva secretor test, if at all possible.
Second thing, you can obtain a 5-hormone saliva test from a number of different sources online. www.altmednetwork.net is one reliable provider, but do a thorough search and compare service and prices. See if your estradiol, progesterone, cortisol, testosterone and DHEA levels are balanced and within normal ranges. In PCOS, the conventional advice does not include pregnenelone supplementation, yet in some women it is needed and a low dose does help. Since it appears to be doing good things for you, I would chance continuing it and even doubling it to 20 mg daily, keeping your usual notes on effects -- just my personal and entirely medically-unaccredited opinion.
If you find that estradiol is low, there are plant substances that do the job beautifully. Just get a test done, then write back with the results.
I believe that if I knew at the age of 17 what I know now, I would have set aside all my other very different goals and pursued a career in endocrinology. It is a subject I now find fascinating beyond all measure.
Let's talk again, dear, and I think you are on exactly the right track to resolve every difficulty. Worry not... and continue to courageously and very rightly avoid any surgery! :-D