I have spent the last year educating myself about hormone balance and the systems that relate to hormone balance. With my own experience going into menopause, I wanted to make sure that I was getting my body in balance in a natural way and that way I could prevent further medical issues.
I am estrogen dominant, even though my estrogen is a bit low according to my saliva test. Estrogen dominant just means that I have more estrogen than other hormones and that I'm out of balance.
My compounding pharmacist spent over an hour with me educating me and getting me started on a good bioidentical progesterone. Over time and as my treatment progressed, I started learning more. I learned about my endocrine system and thyroid too.
What I found out at the last seminar I attended on hormone health is that my liver was holding on to a lot of old estrogens.
These old estrogens were from taking birth control for 15 years, meats I was eating, the water and milk I was drinking, processed foods, pesticides and plastics. These are also known as xenoestrogens. I didn't know they were hanging out in my body. My pharmacist talked about estrogen detox. While I have heard of a lot of detoxes and have been looking more into why I might need a detox and what kind, estrogen detoxes never cropped up. So of course I asked about this detox.
I found out about DIM-3. I know my compounding pharmacist has a high standard for his ingredients and his capsules are vegtable, which make it easier on the liver. This detox is 500 mg of Curcumin (a tumeric extract), 150 mg of DIM (diinodylmethane) and 5 mg of piper nigrum extract (the trademark name is Bioperine- it's from the Sabinsa Corp). It is a stable supplement that flushes out the old estrogens in the liver.
The recommended amount was one capsule in the morning and one capsule in the evening. I took the recommended amount. I started on a Monday evening then continued on Tuesday morning then Tuesday evening. By Tuesday evening I started getting a headache but attributed that to having spent the day out and about in the Arizona heat.