Don't give up when progesterone doesn't seem to help
I was suffering from extreme anxiety, depression, loss of interest in most anything, insomnia. I tried toughing it out, but that did not work. I found a compounding pharmacy and physician who were experienced in bht.
I am 62 years old, have a vag hyst at age of 40, ovaries left intact. I have been on a estrogen patch .5 for many years. My dr determined by my symptoms that my estreogen, progesterone, etc were very low. She immediately prescribed 100mg of bht or progesterone. I nearly flew off the roof after taking this, I could not stand it! Why when I thought I was on the right track I was getting worse. I had the opposite reaction to what I expected. I had severe anxiety, palpitations, sob, etc. I was advised to stop taking the progesterone until my saliva test results came back. My progesterone level was 29. I was also taken off all nutritional supplements that I started at the same time as the progesterone, trying to determine who was the culprit. I am still adding those back in slowly, haven't added the b supplement yet. I took 1/2 of a 3mg melatonin for the insomnia (I am also on seroquel for the insomnia, but that wasn't working as well) and I was awake all night. Now why the calming hormone and the melatonin have the opposite effects. Maybe something with my neurotransmitters. It has been 5 1/2 months of experimenting. It seemed once I got my "gut" a little cleaner with probiotics and some oreganol, I have been able to tolerate the progesterone.
I started on 5mg cream at night and am now up to 100mg capsule and feeling much better, my anxiety is tremendoulsy reduced. I might add that they adjusted my estrogen dose also, originally putting me up to 1.0 and now I am at .75mg. Hooray, I am getting back to me.