I've been taking progesterone for a few years, but apparently not enough.
I am 44 and basically have (or have had)most symptoms of estrogen dominance over the past 25+ years:
miscarriage (luteal phase)
aches and pains
bleeding which comes either earlier or later than usual
bloating/weight gain due to water retention
I would like advice on how to proceed. I have been using natural progesterone for 6-7 years now. I started with a cream, felt lots better for the first few months, then felt quite a bit worse for a year or so. After research, I wondered if the progesterone was continuing to release from my fatty tissues. So I switched to a sublingual pellet, and things got a good bit better, though symptoms never went away...they were just not as severe. (Eventually switched to sublingual drops after the pellets were no longer manufactured.)
In the past year or two, symptoms have worsened in general, cycles less regular, I presume because of perimenopause. I currently take 50mg progesterone a day (25 twice a day). I have been starting on day 7 of my cycle, but I think I should take earlier. I tried taking on day 4 for a few months and I felt better. And then I went 60+ days without a period (never have skipped any before) and I felt absolutely wonderful. During that time I took progesterone the first 30 days, but stopped it expecting my period, but it never came. As I was still feeling well, I did not take progesterone for the next 30 days until my next cycle started. As I've started back on progesterone, I'm definitely having some rough symptoms. I feel certain I need to increase my progesterone somehow.
I'm trying to decide if I should take every single day. Also, if you increase progesterone, I assume do it gradually? I have felt groggy in the past if I take too much.