I remember one patient, that was taking vitex or chaste berry for her Estrogen Dominant Symptoms. One month she felt
great and the next month, she would feel lousy, one month great, and the next month lousy. This reaction was predictable
like clock work. Chaste Berry is like an LH analogue. In other words, chaste berry works like LH (leutinizing hormone).
LH stimulates the corpus luteum to produce progesterone. Chaste Berry tries to "goose" the corpus luteum to produce
more of the natural hormone. However, if there is no corpus luteum, then there is nothing to stimulate, and no natural hormone is
A woman's ovaries will alternate. One month the right ovary "fires" out an egg. The next month the left ovary "fires" out
an egg. The ovary that did not fire last month, has a growth edge and develops more quickly the other ovary, this
ovary develops faster, and fires first. The used follicle becomes the corpus luteum and begins to produce progesterone.
Once the natural hormone is produced, the other ovary stops growing its follicle. That is why a woman's ovaries alternate
right and left every other month.
This particular patient had one anovulatory ovary and one working ovary. So one month the Chaste Berry would
work on the firing ovary. But the next month, the Chaste Berry had nothing to stimulate, no natural hormone was produced
and the patient would feel lousy.
Anyway, for most women, after the age of 35, they have anovulatory cycle most of the time. Because they do not
produce progesterone, there is no progesterone to balance out the Estrogen Dominance and they do not feel good.
They begin to have thinning hair. Fat builds up on the belly. They begin to feel lethargic. Avoiding xenoestrogens
and phytoestrogens, and taking progesterone cream usually makes them feel better. Hair begins to get thicker.
Weight is lost with no dieting and no exercise.
The problem is that after the age of 35, most of the time, but not all the time, the woman does not produce much progesterone
at all because of anovulatory cycles. Progesterone levels drop to less than 1% of normal. So in addition, to
the chemical estrogens and plant estrogens that the woman is exposed to, she is also making less progesterone.
This contributes to the Estrogen Dominance.