Red skin spots linked to the oestrogen dominance of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

Women with PCOS often have what’s termed ‘oestrogen dominance’ – too much oestrogen relative to progesterone.

The main reason for this? Lack of, or infrequent, ovulation. See as we ovulate, a gland is formed called the corpus luteum. This gland produces progesterone and helps us to maintain a healthy uterine lining. In a normal cycle. if no fertilisation occurs, progesterone levels drop and the lining of the uterus is shed.

However, women with PCOS often have irregularity in their ovulation patterns. And reduced ovulation means reduced progesterone levels.

Are there any easy to spot signs of oestrogen dominance?

Do you have red skin spots that look like this? This may be a sign…


I’ve been at a seminar this weekend learning about visceral conditions and visceral-nerve connections, and impacts on other areas within the body.

One of the many things the lecturer mentioned was ‘candle de morgan spots’. He noted this as a sign of high levels of oestrogen. He recommended rosemary (grab a handful of sprigs and turn it into tea, and drink 2 times per day) to help reduce excessive oestrogen levels…

I was also amazed (to say the least) that he correctly suspected a person with ovarian problems just by assessing postural distortions! This really blew my mind. Needless to say, I’m attending the second conference in 2 weeks time.

It truly is astounding what the body has to tell us when you know where and how to look.

So, see what you can find. And if you do have these spots, I’d love to hear about it!

Until next time.

16 Responses to Red skin spots linked to the oestrogen dominance of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

  1. Felicia March 27, 2014 at 3:02 am #

    I started developing these after i was put on Aldactone and BCP. The reason why i had to go on these was because last year i was having hair loss with hirsutism on the chin and upper lip and i wasn’t having a period for 2 months so i went to a few dermatologist. I had a lot of blood work done and when it came back my primary doctor said it was normal. I still showed my dermatologist, she proceeded to say my testosterone levels were in the normal range but since i was having hair loss she was going to put me on BCP and Aldactone. I have a family history of PCOS but when people look at me they say well you dont look like a PCOS patient since you’re thin. I was just wondering if you heard of BCP doing this because i have had no luck on this BCP for my symptoms it just seemed to spark more things and not help. If you have any insight or research i would love to hear!

  2. Tshegofatso Mputle March 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Wow, to think that there are indications on my body that i never knew why they are there.
    i have always wondered what they are. wow!!!!

  3. Cyndi Chando June 12, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    I have been diagnosed with P.C.O.S. & have those spots as well.

  4. sonia June 20, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    This is so true. I have been diagnosed with PCOS for a long time and I have these and never new why. Now I know what to do. Thanks for the info

  5. Linda July 18, 2014 at 4:29 am #

    Hi, I was told my Testosterone level was at 10.4 and I have noticed these spots when I’m mensturating, not when I’m ovulating. So I’m not understanding :-/
    I also have PCOS, have the coarse facial hair, aggression to prove it 🙁
    So my question is; has my body flipped and now producing too much estrogen to cause these spots?

    I always thought the spots were “new” red freckles forming lol how bizarre that the body does tell you by giving you clues/markers of what’s going on. Very amazing!

    Thanks, Linda 🙂

    • Dr Rebecca Harwin September 13, 2014 at 3:20 am #

      Hi Linda,

      One thing that can happen in our body is, if we are overweight, testosterone gets converted in oestrogen in our fat cells by a process called extraglandular aromatisation. Maybe this is a factor with you. Take a look through this blog, and you will see ways to improve insulin sensitivity (important to lower testosterone levels) and other ways to reduce testosterone directly.

      Much luck and love.

  6. Brandy Milton August 14, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    I get these, and honestly, so did both my parents. Their mothers did as well, but as both were only kids, not sure who else in the family does… I do know that neither grandmother could have any more kids, but my mother had two, and one miscarriage….

  7. Angie September 22, 2015 at 6:30 am #

    I have one spot on the side of my “bad” ovary and one over each breast. Isn’t that odd? I have PCOS and stage 3 endometriosis and hashimotos thyroiditis. My endometriosis Dr said that the extraglandular aromatisation also occurs with the endometriosis. He put me on an aromatase inhibitor to try to stop the formation of the endo tissue, but it seemed to make my ovary pain worse. The spots over my breasts concern me after my BRAC came back high for breast cancer. I’ve worked so hard to get my estrogen dominance down.

    • Dr Rebecca Harwin September 30, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

      Hi Angie,

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve had so many challenges. Endo is also thought to have an autoimmune component. So have you tried low glycaemic load, gluten and dairy free, and gut repair?

  8. Elisabeth October 15, 2015 at 3:46 am #

    I have them, but so does my dad, and I looked them up and read that they were some harmless familial thing that can only be removed using lasers so I assumed it was true. Oh, but unrelated to that-long story-i was diagnosed with pcos a few years ago.

  9. Charlene October 30, 2015 at 1:29 am #

    I have these also I was diagnosed with PCOS 2004, my mother has these really bad she’s 74 yrs old, my maternal grandmother had these too. My niece has these my daughter has a few.

  10. Gloria December 21, 2015 at 2:07 am #

    My dad had those. So seems something is off on information.

    • Dr Rebecca Harwin February 23, 2016 at 12:38 am #

      These are just symptoms Gloria, and can be linked to different things. It’s like ‘pelvic pain’, could be hormonal issues in a woman, prostate issues in a man, gut challenges. A symptom can having varying causes.

  11. Karen June 6, 2016 at 5:49 am #

    Have them on my abdomen and a new one between my breast. Never knew they could be lasered off. Have been diagnosed with PCOS since I was 18 (54 now) They look terrible but gyno has always told they’re harmless

  12. Marchele Matherly August 4, 2016 at 5:10 am #

    I like this thread, I have had PCOS for years, many miscarriage, difficulty getting pregnant, facial hair, and a difficult time losing weight. I too have the red spots you speak of, I just noticed them on my leg today actually. I had always wondered what they were.
    My mother had them also, her Dr told her they were harmless. So I never worried about them linked to anything of importance.

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