Kathryn - 53 year old active Mom and athlete

by Kathryn
(Spokane, WA)

Hello all,

Thank you for reading and perhaps giving some feedback. Im 53 years old and I'm on 100mg of natural progesterone once per day at night in a troche form. My main concern is weight gain. I have always been height/weight proportionate. I stopped having periods about 4 years ago; abruptly. No issues, felt fine. About 6 months ago I sunk into severe depression after a life crisis and I've battled insomnia for the last 15 years. Of course I was prescribed anti-depressants by my general doctor but I didn't take them. Instead I went to a Naturopathic physician who started me on progesteron and wanted me to go to a psychiatrist for counseling and meds. After about a week of progesterone and before I could even get into a psychiatrist I was feeling much better. Within two weeks I was feeling pretty much as I always have. My outlook has continually improved. I noticed right away that I had gained a few pounds but wasn't really worried about it. But that was 3 1/2 months ago and I've now gained 15 pounds and don't appear to be slowing down on the gaining! I am gaining around the middle just like I would if I was estrogen dominant. I am now actively using nutrition and exercise to lose it (never done this before) and it's really not having any impact. Using a fitbit and Myfitness Pal to track exercise and calories. Still gaining some days and most definately NOT losing. Did a blood draw and my progerstone was right on but estrogen was quite low. Started .75 mg of Bi-Est and 3 mg of testosterone about 1 month ago. Still gaining! Aaik!! My Naturopath doctor said Progesteron will NOT cause weight gain and it's "all in my head." He in fact said it would cause weight loss so I must be just eating more! I'm NOT! I am considering stopping all HRT as I don't have any symptoms. I don't want to get depressed again and I DO like that I am sleeping but hate how I feel in my clothes and my self image is going to crap! Please HELP?

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