Anne


(Goodlettsville, TN)

Female, 52, feel like my hormones and brain decided to run off together and I want them back. Tired of not being able to remember things I've done for years. Had some other side effects so went and had the saliva testing done - came back my progesterone was 90 and the dr. preferred it closer to 300.

So started taking progesterone in capsules mixed specifically for me. After a month noticed I had developed a very dry mouth, to the point that I can't eat certain foods cause there isn't adequate saliva to swallow it with. I've also developed a dry cough and sore throat. Went to my regular doctor and she took blood thinking it could be Sjogren's Syndrome. That came back negative and my thyroid was also checked and normal.

So I've stopped taking the progesterone to see if this will reverse itself, for she'd never heard of this being a side effect to progesterone before, but doing this to make sure it's not linked. Of course after being on progesterone for 1 1/2 months, now my emotions are easily turned to tears over about anything the least bit sad and my system is again thrown out of wack.

If anyone out there has ideas, would love to hear them. Seems folks on this end have no ideas...thanks.

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Aug 09, 2011
progesterone
by: Anonymous

Anne,

I know Wray will send you some links to read. But pills is a very poor delivery method for progesterone as your stomach will destroy a good portion of it.

It takes a while when you start using natural progesterone to become progesterone dominant. Progesterone has NO side effects!! It is our dear oestrogen that has so very many side effects when it is dominant. When we start using progesterone it "wakes up" our estrogen sites and makes us feel so much worse at first. But it took me a year to work through the hot flashes, etc. I still personally use over 100 mg of natural progesterone cream per day.

I wish you all the best. I finally feel normal again.

Aug 10, 2011
Anne
by: Wray

Hi Anne As the comment says below your query, oral progesterone is the least effective Delivery system. Most of the progesterone being destroyed by the gut and liver. I suggest you switch to one which has better absorption. I see you weren't warned about Oestrogen Dominance either, this page explains why it occurs. But briefly when first using progesterone it stimulates oestrogen, one of symptoms can be a dry mouth. Interestingly Sjogren's Syndrome has high levels of oestrogen, see here. This of course means progesterone is low. I recommend 100-200mg/day progesterone, but in a form which is absorbed well, not oral. But before considering switching and increasing the amount, please do read the page I've given on oestrogen dominance, as this can occur then too. Take care Wray

Aug 10, 2011
Anne
by: Wray

Hi Anne As the comment says below your query, oral progesterone is the least effective Delivery system. Most of the progesterone being destroyed by the gut and liver. I suggest you switch to one which has better absorption. I see you weren't warned about Oestrogen Dominance either, this page explains why it occurs. But briefly when first using progesterone it stimulates oestrogen, one of symptoms can be a dry mouth. Interestingly Sjogren's Syndrome has high levels of oestrogen, see here. This of course means progesterone is low. I recommend 100-200mg/day progesterone, but in a form which is absorbed well, not oral. But before considering switching and increasing the amount, please do read the page I've given on oestrogen dominance, as this can occur then too. Take care Wray

Aug 10, 2011
progesterone
by: Wray

Hi there I'm delighted you've finally come right. It can take time, and I'm so pleased you persevered, so many give up. Take care Wray

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