Can progesterone help my postpartum mess?
Thank you for this website and for the opportunity to share with others. I am 40 years old. I have a wonderful life with no history of mood trouble and lots of support.
I had my first baby at 38. My early postpartum period was especially wonderful. I was surprised by the ease of it all. When my precious babe turned 14 months I experienced a horrific mind/body nose-dive that resulted in 20 lb wt loss, severe night time brain "shivers" coupled with panic, palipitatons and a devastating mood disorder marked my intrusive thoughts and marked anxiety and depression. The whole thing has always felt entirely chemical... like something dropped in and stole a vital component to my wholeness! I sought the help of doctors and even tried Lexipro which quickly prooved toxic to my system.
Fast forward six months and I am now feeling much better thanks to magnesium suppliments which stopped the night shivers and panic, and herbal thyroid support. Now that my healing crisis has quieted I am newly aware of a pattern in my mood swings which have not gone away. Three days before my period up until ovulation I experience wild fluctuations in my mood. After ovulation I have a string of 5-8 perfect days. My progesterone recently checked rock bottom when tested on day 16. I am wondering if progesterone cream could support my body back into balance. How long can I use it? Am I entering perimenopause? I am also wondering if it is typical for someone with severe mood swings to get worse in the beginning of treatment. I want to try the cream but need to be braced for the next phase of my healing. It has been so scary, and I, like all of us here, am determined to have my life back!
LOVE and Thank you.