I was looking up fibrocystic breast disease for a friend (they r/o breast cancer). Found an interesting page at
I think I may have this problem as well, it seems to be getting worse and I'm pretty sure I am pre-menopausal - I am SCARY at times (mwah ha ha) ... other s/sx.
What have others experienced related to menopause/hormone therapy/etc.?
John Lee from the book, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause":
From my women patients, I learned that fibrocystic breasts were most often a sign of estrogen dominance; relatively high estrogen and low progesterone. In my experience, using natural progesterone routinely solves the problem. I also recommend adding vitamin E in dosages of 600 IU at bedtime, supplemental magnesium (300 milligrams a day), and vitamin B6 (50 milligrams per day)*. I cannot recall a case in which the result was not positive. Once the cysts have cleared up, you can reduce the progesterone dose to find the smallest dose that is still effective each month and continue the treatment as needed through menopause. This treatment is simple, safe, inexpensive, successful, and natural."
I believe he's talking about topical progesterone.
Here's what he says about synthetic estrogens:
Xenoestrogens (foreign estrogens) as the Primary Culprit
'"Xeno" means foreign. Estrogen is the female hormone that causes breast development and dominates the first part of the menstrual cycle. A hormone is a chemical messenger. The problem is that there are 100,000 chemicals in use in the United States, and some of these synthetic chemicals have estrogen like effects (xenoestrogens). Scientists now believe that xenoestrogens can cause fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer. Too much intake of estrogen or xenoestrogens has been labeled as estrogen dominance by Lee, MD. And synthetic estrogen or chemicals that mimic estrogen (xenoestrogen) is NOT the same as Natural Estrogen. According to the Physician's Desk Reference, synthetic estrogen will cause an increase in endometrial cancer and breast cancer.
United States and Canadian ranchers routinely give synthetic estrogen to their cattle. As a result of the estrogen, the cattle bloat and retain water. Thus, the estrogenized cattle meat is heavier and more tender. Also the fat begins to build up in the animal and marble through the meat. The ranchers can get more money for their cattle because the meat weighs more and is more tender. The ranchers give estrogen to their cattle intentionally for the bloating fattening effect of estrogen, and faster growth. '
Feb 17, '07
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now that's one jazzy avatar zoe
I think this is an elderly-er couple - I thought it was cute
Oops, re-working so you can see a bigger pic
k, let's see if this pic is larger.
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