Low progesterone but my doctor did not care

by Jody Tracy
(Minneapolis, MN)

I am 26 years old, female, and have been experiencing anxiety, poor sleep, tiredness/sleepiness, exercise aversion, heart palpitations, perceived difficulty breathing, achy joints, and low sex drive. I went to see my doctor and he did a few blood tests and checked my hormones to see if they could determine a cause for my low sex drive. They found low progesterone, and told me about it, but they did not feel it was an issue. My testosterone was on the low end as well. If they didn't feel it was an issue, and weren't going to do anything about it, I don't understand why they even tested for it.

I am on NuvaRing birth control and have been for about 5 years. Could that have caused the dip in my progesterone levels? Should I go off NuvaRing and on a non-hormone birth control method, like a copper IUD, in order to get my levels back to normal? Will it be a problem if I take progesterone cream while I am on NuvaRing birth control (do I risk making the birth control ineffective), and can this alone bring me back into balance?

In a separate test done by the sleep study lab, they found I had low ferritin levels and started me on iron supplements. This seems to help matters and gives me more energy. I don't know how this is interacting with the low progesterone.

Also, I am a thin person and I have been losing a litle weight. Not surprising since the anxiety and lack of good sleep has tired me out and honestly, I don't feel like eating much (which is not usual for me AT ALL).

Any suggestions?

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Feb 17, 2009
It will help
by: Carrie

Jody

All of the symptoms that you have I have had. I thought I had an anxiety disorder! I couldn't sleep and I had all of the symptoms that you are talking about. I just went on Progesterone cream that you can buy in the Health Food store without a prescription. It is made by Lifeflo and is called progesta-care and also I am taking the estriol care. They will change your life girlfriend.

Feb 18, 2009
Low progesterone but my doctor did not care
by: Wray

Hi Jody. The low progesterone is an issue, but many doctors don't know it's influence on us, in many areas besides the reproductive side. Please have a look at this web page, I think you'll find most of your symptoms listed under the side effects for the NuvaRing. Click on page 4 for warnings.

Some of the side effects are due to low progesterone. All OC's prevent ovulation, which means you are not making any progesterone in your ovaries, something none of us can afford to do. The only contraceptive I advise is the copper IUD.

The anxiety and breathing difficulties are due to a drop in your GABA levels. GABA is our most calming neurotransmitter. Low levels cause anxiety, panic attacks and a tight chest. The best way to raise levels is by using progesterone, as this activates the GABA receptor sites. Taking GABA itself is another option, but if too much is taken the same symptoms can occur again. Progesterone should help with sleep too, as it raises levels of serotonin, which is the precursor to melatonin our sleep hormone. So it would be advisable to switch to the copper IUD and use supplemental progesterone. Take care Wray


Jul 24, 2009
Naturopath
by: Anonymous

Go see a Naturopath. If you don't know of one, go to you local Health Food store and ask them. My ND found that I have low iron and low progesterone in one visit.

Feb 25, 2010
Low progesterone levels
by: Anonymous

I also have low levels and went to my doctor. My symptoms, light sleeping, tired, low or no sex drive, headaches (more so during and towards the time of the month) and my PCP stated that it was also my levels. She stated that she could put me on replacement cream, however it would also increase the risk of strokes. She suggested that I take B12 and B12 complex, my prenatal vitiman along with the folic acid and iron, also an energy drink for during the day (one without the caffeine). There is one, it is made by Amway and you have to have to order it. I used to be a member and I ordered it all the time and love them. And have started ordering more. Back to the topic I have noticed a differance now and going back for a follow up next month. Hope this helps!

Mar 03, 2010
Low progesterone levels
by: Wray

Your doctor is incorrect in saying that a progesterone cream would increase the risk of stroke, oestrogen yes, but not progesterone. Progesterone acutely inhibits cholesteryl ester formation which is associated with atherosclerosis, it confers coronary vascular protection, it has a neuroprotective and antioxidant effect in injured nervous system, it reduces programmed cell death and the synthesis of inflammatory factors that can kill neurons hours to days after traumatic brain injury. Systemic injections of the neurosteroid progesterone given after traumatic brain injury (TBI) have been shown to improve cognitive, sensory and motor recovery, enhancing both short and long term recovery. It reduces lipid peroxidation and the generation of isoprostanes, which contribute to post-injury ischaemic conditions. It reduces the area of necrotic cell death and improves behavioural outcomes in traumatic brain injury.

Finally, unlike oestrogen, which can exacerbate brain injury, especially in animal models of ischaemic stroke, progesterone can be given to both males and females without affecting gender and sexual functions. Take care, Wray

Apr 20, 2010
Anxiety, panic attacks.
by: Anonymous

I'm 33 years old and for the past 8 years after my last child have been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks which highly increases around my cycle and ovulating. I have had a serious head injury when 16 and on that particular side during this period has side effects such as loss of balance, dizziness, foggy thinking. The doctor has put me on antidepressants and Valium which has helped slightly but does nothing to stop the above from happening. I suggested to him about a hormonal imbalance but does not think that is an issue for me. I believe I shall go to a health food and naturopath store and inquire about some progesterone. I don't want this, I'm determined to find the answer!

Apr 22, 2010
Anxiety, panic attacks
by: Wray

Progesterone and serotonin both drop after birth, causing post natal depression in some women. It sounds very much like this occurred to you, and you possibly still have it. We do have a page on anxiety, please see here. The page also gives a list of natural anti-depressants, far safer than the drugs you were offered.

The few days before our period progesterone drops sharply, causing the problems you've encountered. Incidentally, progesterone is now being used via IV transfusion for brain trauma victims. It prevents the oedema and inflammation which occurs due to the injury. Judging by the timing you get your worst symptoms, I would say your hormones are definitely in need of help, neurotransmitters too. Progesterone is excellent at helping anxiety, as it activates the GABA receptor sites, GABA is one of our most calming neurotransmitters. I certainly think it's worth trying, if you do, please use between 100-200mg/day. For more information see here. Please also read the page on oestrogen dominance as that can occur when first using progesterone. The amino acid taurine is also very calming, you could consider taking some of this too, about 2000mg/day. Take care, Wray

May 10, 2010
Me too!
by: Lurkinator

I read your post and felt I was practically reading my own story! I am newly 27 and have been on the ring - with a two-year break due to childbirth - since 2003. I started developing several symptoms in 2009 identical to yours. I also developed a near-obession with chocolate cake and Cokes, because the chemicals and caffeine seem to be the only things that balance me out. I began to have anxiety attacks, and consulted my OB/GYN who is an Osteopathic Doctor and my PCP.

OB/GYN wants to put me on a multivitamin, 1200 UIs of Vitamin D (I have a deficiency), Omega-3 (to help control my hereditary elevated cholesterol levels), and the progesterone cream some others have mentioned. We're also changing me from the ring to Mirena and I'm (ideally) going exercise more and eat better.

PCP wants to put me on Celexa and of course, eat better and excerise. (My BMI is 25, for Pete's sake! Chill!)

I have no idea which one to do.


May 10, 2010
Me too!
by: Wray

The ring contains etonogestrel (synthetic progestin) and ethinyl estradiol (synthetic oestrogen) which leak slowly into the system. The Mirena does the same, but only contains levonorgestrel a synthetic progestin. This will counteract the benefits you should derive from any progesterone you might use. Both come with adverse side affects, please see here. And here.

The drop in progesterone and serotonin after birth causes a huge upset in many women, in fact up to 25% have some form of problem after birth. Both progesterone and serotonin help control blood sugar, it seems yours is unbalanced too. The synthetic hormones in both the ring and IUD would not help either, as they stop all ovarian function, as is intended. But by doing so you will not be making any progesterone in your ovaries. If you have anxiety, please see here.

Vitamin D is good, but the dose you are on is not high enough, particularly if you already have a deficiency, it should be a minimum of 5000iu's per day, please see here. Omega 3 is good too, but the best thing at controlling cholesterol levels is taurine. It's an integral part of bile, without adequate taurine the liver cannot manufacture bile, so cholesterol builds up. Most people lack taurine. It's best to take at least 2000-5000mg/day Take care, Wray

Aug 29, 2010
IUD
by: Anonymous

I just had an IUD removed, a tubal and an eblation after having it for 5 years. I recently went on progesterone cream before this and it was going well. Now a few days out from surgery I am very anxious, nervous and fatigued. I am thinking I need more progesterone?

Aug 30, 2010
IUD
by: Wray

Hi there I'm pleased you had the IUD removed if it was impregnated with synthetic progestins. But if it was the copper T IUD these are by far the best and safest form of contraceptive. I'm a bit confused though, do you mean when the IUD was removed you had a tubal ligation done? If I am correct, this is most probably why you are feeling the way you are, please see this web site on Tubal ligation. I'm not sure how much progesterone you are using, but it does seem as if you need more. I recommend between 100-200mg/day, so try increasing the amount and see if it helps you. You might need a high amount initially, it's easy enough to reduce once symptoms have been helped. For more info please see our page on How to use progesterone cream. Take care Wray

Dec 07, 2010
Could be hypothyroid.
by: Anonymous

I've had similar symptoms, and just found out that I have low thyroid. It's ironic because I'm actually being treated for high thyroid, but a new doctor recently ran a whole series of tests, and my progesterone level is at zero. He explained that hypothyroid can sometimes look like hyper, and that docs tend to stop at pretty basic testing, like TSH, which can be misleading.

I also have the shortness of breath thing...when I'm working out, I almost immediately lose my breath. If I slow down, I recover quickly, but then it happens again. It's really frustrating because I'm otherwise young and relatively fit. And I'm exhausted during the day, sleepless at night, and tend towards anxiety.

Check out this series of videos. This is the doc I'm seeing now, and even though this lecture is mostly about cholesterol, he explains the hypothyroid misconception very clearly...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35TObk1_60w (skip to about 3 mins; the intro is boring).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyAwfx5bLlg&feature=related (Part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n26ECcuOH6Q&feature=related (Part 3)

Find yourself a doc that's willing to do some more testing and not so bought into the mainstream. Good Luck!

Dec 10, 2010
Could be hypothyroid.
by: Wray

Hi there Thanks for the links. Please have a vitamin D test done, this is rarely if ever checked with thyroid problems. If low it impacts on the thyroid, as parathyroid hormone rises, this slows the thyroid. Vitamin D is essential for the lungs, a lack of it causing asthma, see here. A lack also causes insomnia and fatigue. Please also consider progesterone, it is thermogenic which does help the thyroid, as it speeds metabolism slightly. It also suppresses excess oestrogen which slows the thyroid down. Progesterone is excellent for fatigue and anxiety too, and essential for the lungs as it's a brochodilator. Please see our page on Anxiety. Take care Wray

Mar 02, 2011
My mom is going through this
by: Anonymous

Ok, well my mom has had panic attacks, low sleep, weakness to the point where she can't walk long distances, heart palpitations, chest tightness, and numbness in her muscles specially the neck. All this symptoms appeared in 2 months. We went to a lot of doctors and all of them said that she was having mental problems and that she needed to go to the psychologist. Finally i found DR. ROGER SPAHR and did some blood tests and found that she had low iron, calcium and progesterone. Right now the panic attacks have lowered thanks to some neurotransmitters and iron and calcium. She been on this for a week now and is feeling a little better now. The doctor said that she should be well in 6 months, i hope that she feels better. I hope that this comment helps other people with the same symptoms.

May 11, 2011
Comfort in Numbers
by: Anonymous

I'm so happy to have found this resource!! I've been experiencing many of these same symptoms and feel like I'm going crazy after consulting with my traditional family MD who said "hormone imbalance is not something we generally consider treating since we cannot prove the effects on the body and they are constantly changing throughout the month".

While I'm not looking for a pill to make it go away, I'm hoping to find some natural sources for relief from the anxiety/panic attacks, low libido, etc.

May 18, 2011
My mom is going through this
by: Wray

Hi there Thanks for the comment, I would agree she's low in progesterone. Panic attacks are easy enough to stop, they are caused by both a drop in GABA levels, and an unstable blood glucose. Progesterone stimulates the GABA receptor sites, which is why it helps. It also helps to stabilise blood glucose. If this drops to fast and too low, adrenaline is released. This stimulates the liver to convert glycogen into glucose to bring the glucose level up. But adrenaline also causes a tight chest and palpitations. Excess oestrogen also causes palpitations, as it causes prolongation of the QT interval, which results in palpitations, arrhythmia and Torsades de Pointes. Whereas progesterone shortens the QT interval, see here, here, here, here and here. Progesterone also reverses myopathy, or muscle weakness, see here and here. Vitamin D is essential too, see here. Please ask her to have a test done, most of us have too low a level. For more info see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. Progesterone also helps sleep, see here. I do hope she's using enough progesterone, I recommend 100-200mg/day. For more info see our page on Peri-menopause, unless she's in Menopause now. She might like to read our page on Oestrogen Dominance too, in case she hasn't been warned about it. Finally we do have a page on Anxiety. Take care Wray


May 23, 2011
Thanks
by: Wray

Hi there Thanks for the kind words! I hope the answer I gave to the above comment helps you. But if you have further queries, please come back to me. Take care Wray

Jun 05, 2011
ON MY WAY BACK
by: Amy Lauren

Thanks for being such a good resource...My story is more like a nightmare that I am just finally waking up from...It started at 35 and is only starting to get better at 44 after a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. In between 35 and 44 I developed, Sarcoidosis, Sjogrens, RA, Lupus, Premature Ovarian failure, adrenal failure, Shingles, Thrush, Thyroiditis or Hashi's. I was born with 2 congenital heart issues (one that was operated on when I was 7) the other they are watching..but over the last year my heart has really taken a beating...They even think the hole that was closed(VSD) in 73 may be open again! Anyway..after tons of doctors all of whom had my blood work which showed a massive hormone imbalance... Estradiol 157 and Progesterone.228 is a good representation of what it has been like...And NO ONE SAID A WORD!!! Except my Rheumy who said NO HORMONES they make auto immune disease worse! The Mayo clinic doctor dismissed that theory with my lack of protection from CANCER and since I just had a bleed who was I to argue!

Finally on my way back without the help of doctors in my home town!

Jun 10, 2011
ON MY WAY BACK
by: Wray

Hi Lauren Thanks for the kind words. And yes, more like a nightmare, but you could have done with some progesterone, that's only too obvious. And possibly vitamin D too, although many papers warn about taking it with sarcoidosis, please see these which explain why, see here and here. Sjogren's has high oestrogen levels, see here. RA too, see here and
here. Lupus too, see here. Premature ovarian failure suggests a lack of progesterone and vitamin D. Incidentally all the above diseases/syndromes, which are inflammatory, have low vitamin D levels. Adrenal failure is extremely rare and often fatal. For adrenal stress I've found progesterone of benefit, as the adrenals make cortisol from progesterone. By supplying extra, there's no need for the adrenals to rob other sources, notably the ovaries. Stress stops ovulation, I wouldn't be surprised if the POF was due to this. Progesterone is always used in IV treatment if a woman has POF, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. I've run out of space, so will start a new comment below. Take care Wray

Jun 10, 2011
ON MY WAY BACK
by: Wray

Hi Lauren Vitamin D is vital for a heathly skin, as it stimulates cathelicidin production. This is a natural antibiotic we make which protects cells from attack by pathogens, including those in the skin, see here. Excess oestrogen exacerbates thrush, progesterone is protective, see our page on Candida. Hashi's is often caused by a lack of vitamin D, as parathyroid hormone increases, this suppresses the thyroid, see here and here. Your progesterone to oestrogen ratio is 1.45:1, extremely low. We've found from Saliva Tests we run, that to feel well the ratio should be 600:1 and over. If you are using progesterone, or thinking of it, please use sufficient. I recommend 100-200mg/day, dependant on symptoms. You have several severe ones, which I believe are due to excess oestrogen, so you might suffer from bad Oestrogen Dominance initially. Please be aware of this, and if it should occur, increase the amount you're using. You might like to see this comment here for encouragement. Take care Wray

Feb 09, 2012
A little bit of everything......
by: Anonymous

Hello!!
I am also seeing a lot of similarities with other posters and have been forced to share my own story.

I will try to be brief:
In mid 2009 I began having chronic nausea, fatigue, aches & pains that were unexplained. Doctor after doctor and blood test after blood test said nothing was wrong. Finally, I opted to see an Endocrinologist in May 2011 as the nausea was CONSTANT! Low & behold she ran my Vitamin D level and said I was "insufficient" at level 23. She said that nausea is not a symptom of deficiency but that it should help the other symptoms.Anyway, since June 2011 I have been doing Sun Therapy to get my Vitamin D and after a couple of weeks began to get EXTREME heart palpitations (but the nausea disappeared). So, I stopped the Sun Therapy and within a week or so, the palps were completely GONE! I tested this about 5 times to be sure it was from the introduction of the Sun. Anyway, long story short I found out that the palps are a symptom of Magnesium deficiency that is being caused by the Vitamin D as Vitamin D needs Mag to do its thing.
So, I added Magnesium...it helped the palps but not enough. So, starting in December 2011 I added a multivitamin and added calcium (I don't get much calcium in my diet)and I feel a good difference so far, but I am still getting the palps all day/night for about 20-25 days of any given month. I am frustrated and other symptoms are rearing their ugly heads; dizziness/light headedness/spaciness.
This most recent period I had about 6 days PALPS FREE....and then 1 day before my period I got the palps and they have not gone away since. (that was 1/27/11). Could taking the D (by Sun or supplement) causing this imbalance? It seems hormonal to me...but, not sure. Would a natural progesterone help??
A little info about me:
37 yr old female
Never had children/0 pregnancies
Frequent ovarian (painful) cysts around 5-7 cm in size that typically disappear after a couple of cycles
I don't take any birth control or any medications
I take a whole food multi vitamin and a Calcium/Magnesium supplement 1:1 ratio (about 664 mg a day)
Rarely get caffeine, don't drink alcohol or smoke
Eat 80% organic, natural foods

I am sooooo glad the nausea disappears by getting the Vitamin D from the sun (it also returns when I quit getting sun)but, the alternate are these CHRONIC palps. Could progesterone be of some help here??
Thank you!
Tam

Feb 10, 2012
A little bit of everything.....
by: Wray

Hi Tam From about age 35 we begin getting anovulatory cycles, when no progesterone is made. Excess oestrogen causes all the symptoms you've given. You're vitamin D was extremely low. And you are right, magnesium is the most important co-factor for vitamin D. Oddly enough a deficiency in Mg shows up when starting vitamin D supplements, or using the sun therapy as you were. It usually causes generalised pain. I'm puzzled you say you don't get much Ca in your diet, as eating organic food you should. Normally it's low Mg we all suffer from, as our soils are low in it, and dairy products contain very little, but they do contain Ca. Maybe you don't eat dairy? Don't overdo the Ca, as vitamin D increases levels in the blood as it increases absorption from the gut. Ca opposes Mg too. But you are right about the hormonal aspect. Particularly as you say this last cycle they started one day before bleeding. Progesterone drops the few days before, so does oestrogen, but often the drop is not as great, this skews the ratio. During an anovulatory cycle, your progesterone will be very low, but your oestrogen will still be normal, as production does not stop. The palps are caused by excess oestrogen. Oestrogen causes prolongation of the QT interval, which results in palpitations, arrhythmia and Torsades de Pointes. Whereas progesterone shortens the QT interval, see here, here, here, here, here and here. From Traumatic Brain Injury studies it's been found that adding vitamin D to the protocol, it enhances the benefits of progesterone. Evidently increasing your vitamin D, but not your progesterone, showed up the lack of it, much as it showed up the Mg deficiency. If you should consider trying progesterone, please see our page on How to use progesterone cream. But before you do, please the page on Oestrogen Dominance. Continued below.

Feb 10, 2012
A little bit of everything..... Part 2
by: Wray

Hi Tam Please have a vitamin D test done, these should in fact be done every 6 months. For more info on vitamin D levels, testing etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth, Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here.

Feb 11, 2012
ME AGAIN!
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for your response, Wray.

No, I do not get very much Calcium in my diet as I do not eat dairy or many things that are fortified such as orange juice or cereals,etc.. And I don't eat very much in the way of fruits.....I know...shame on me. But, I love my veggies.

So, do you think I shouldn't be supplementing any Calcium at all? Like I said I currently take in supplement form 664 mg a day (2 doses a day of 332 mg)
Should I take more Mag than Ca?

I have had 2 Vitamin D tests. The first was in May 2011; it was Level 24. Then I had another one in September 2011; it was Level 23. That was after having appx. 2 months of D therapy. I don't have any medical insurance now as I have been laid off from my job. How accurate are these D tests I see online, do you know??

Maybe my missing link is in fact progesterone?? Or do I need more Mag?? These palps drive me crazy.
And I cannot thank you enough for an outside view on this. I just want to feel normal again and get back on track with my health....as NATURALLY as possible. :O)

Tam

Feb 13, 2012
ME AGAIN!
by: Wray

Hi Tam I'm all in favour of taking more magnesium than calcium, or at least the 1:1 you are taking. It's such an essential co-factor for vitamin D. See what Dr Cannell says about magnesium here and here. But as you are having the heart palps it could be you are still short of magnesium, in which case give the calcium a break. Modern fruit is a bag of sugar water! I'm glad you don't eat much, unless it's organic. In which case it has many more nutrients to counter the sugar. Veggies, particularly the green leafy ones have far more nutrients, magnesium in particular. I don't know how much vitamin D you were getting, but evidently far too little! Please start taking 10000iu's per day to get your level up quickly. Then have another test about 3 months later. If it's high enough, you can reduce to the 5000iu's per day. The best vitamin D test is done by ZRT labs. I can't say if it's lack of magnesium or progesterone causing the palps, or both! But as you have ovarian cysts you are evidently short of progesterone. And as this can help the palps I feel it's worth trying. The amino acid taurine also calms the heart, I see I didn't mention this. These are some papers here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. I take it daily, about 2000mg/day, helps counter the coffee I drink! Take care Wray

Dec 16, 2012
Want to get in touch with Wray
by: leiah

Hi Wray im not sure if you can see my message but I am reading your responses to these peoples problems and you have so much knowledge, I have similar problems I am hoping you can help or advise me on if you are still available..

Dec 17, 2012
Pregnancy and progesterone - anxiety nervousness shaking
by: Lucy

Hi Wray I am hoping you can help me. Anxiety has affected me for a very long time, I get physical symptoms like shaking of hands and of the head and nervousness, racing heart. I feel like like mostly all the time it is worse when I am around people. It really gets me down and I feel like I cannot be who I really am or express myself when I have these symptoms.
This was until I fell pregnant after the first couple of months I felt very different, different like I have never felt before, I werent getting the symptoms as much and felt great and could socialise well- do eye contact with people which normally I hate doing as my head starts shaking. These symptons were almost diminished and for several months through my pregnany. I think towards the end my symptoms started coming back and I started crying as I am back to my old anxious self now.
I realised there must be something missing in my body which is causing these nervous twitches, shaking of hands and head and feeling nervous until I found out about progesterone.
I have actually gone to the doctors with my findings and she has put me on cerazette its a progesten only pill - I wanted contraception pill aswell to protect me from pregnancy. - iv just read abouve about you recommending the copper IUD. What do you think of my situation, can you advise me on what I could use to help get progesterone in my body - im pretty sure its what is causing the problems. I had the cerazette for 2 days and my symptoms have worsened so I have just quit taking it..please get back to me wray I really need some help with this.

Dec 19, 2012
Want to get in touch with Wray
by: Wray

Hi Leiah I'm not sure where your message is. Are you one of the anonymous above, or haven't you written anything yet? Take care Wray

Dec 19, 2012
Hi
by: lucy

Hi wray yes my comment is this one above - Pregnancy and progesterone under the name Lucy, sorry I didnt want to use my real name but hope you can help me - thanks

Dec 20, 2012
Pregnancy and progesterone - anxiety nervousness shaking
by: Wray

Hi Lucy We do have a page on Anxiety, it gives a list of all the nutrients which help. Please consider taking some of them. We do make up a Calming Complex with all the calming amino acids in it, plus the B vitamins which help calm too. If you feel like trying it, please contact Julienne via her website here. She stocks it. She is also a registered EFT therapist, a wonderful therapy you might consider doing. Your symptoms went while pregnant because of the high level of progesterone you were making. It does help anxiety. It doesn't surprise me you felt so awful while taking the Contraceptive. They stop ovulation which means no progesterone is secreted, if you are already low in it, it would really affect you. I'm very relieved you've stopped it, as they all have the potential to harm. I normally recommend 100-200mg/day progesterone, but feel you would need 400mg/day. For encouragement you might like to read these comments here, here, here and here. Please have a vitamin D test done, a low level not only reduces the benefits of progesterone, but causes anxiety and depression. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml (175-250nmol/L) and not the 30ng/ml (75nmol/L) most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although recent research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. We do have a page on How to use progesterone cream. Take care Wray

Dec 20, 2012
Hi
by: Wray

Hi Lucy I hope by now you have my reply. Take care Wray

Dec 31, 2012
low peogesterone
by: Anonymous

I believe I'm low progesterone too. I had a baby 5 months ago. I was taaking P after baby but I believe I was taking too much, I was dosing 100mgs up until O and then 200. Well I did that for for 2 cycles and it really messed cycle up. I stopped p. Dr said we wld test again 21 days . Well my problem sinced going off p I can't sleep. Melatonin, benadryl won't work. I've been relying on ambien. I was sleeping gr8 when I was takiing p , so I know what's causing it. I'm testing hormones wed, but I'm worried I'm getting my period very soon and the test rsults won't be accurate. All I know is I have to get bk on p. Can I do a cream all cycle? The kind from health store. Just until I get to talk to dr about results. Then id like to do a bio identical. I'm supposed to test my adrenals too. But was told I can't take benadryl or even worse ambien. But I can't slep without it. Once I get bk on p , they say u still can't test adrenals while on it, well its a catch 22 as I can't sleep without progesterone. Pls help.

Jan 01, 2013
low peogesterone
by: Wray

Hi there When you say you were 'taking' and 'dosing' progesterone was it oral? As this is the least effective Delivery system, "The liver and gut region removed a mean of 96 per cent of the progesterone entering these tissues" see here. So you were getting very little, but it does help sleep, so too does topical progesterone. We have more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. And you also say up until O, do you mean ovulation? If so I'm really surprised you've started a cycle and ovulating so soon after giving birth. The progesterone does disrupt the cycle when first using it, but it can be disrupted after birth too. If the progesterone was helping you, I can't see any reason for a test. What will it tell you, only the level of your hormones, nothing more. I suggest starting it again, but a cream is more effective, anything from 100-200mg/day, more if symptoms are severe. All progesterone is 'bio-identical', it's a silly term companies use to make out their cream is the real thing. It means nothing, it has be be identical to progesterone to be called progesterone! We also have a page on Pregnancy and another here. They might help you understand what's occurring. Take care Wray

Jun 02, 2013
dr confused to give hrt
by: Anonymous

I am 43yrs old.my uterus was removed in 1st delivery due rapture.now my condition is very bad.my progestronand estrogen level has decresed.I dont feel like eating heat is generated in body.low weight.body has lost elasticity.constipation.acute headache migrain .tirednes depression.anger.acidity.alergetic to eat msny things..palpitation .short breathing.high coloestrol dryness .intestine become weak. Should I go for Hrt.but it too has side effect.pl sugg mel

Jun 05, 2013
dr confused to give hrt
by: Wray

Hi there I wouldn't recommend HRT, it will only make matters worse. Your symptoms are indicative of high oestrogen to progesterone. You might like to see our Saliva Tests to get an idea of what your ratio should be to feel well. To get your progesterone level higher please see our page on How to use progesterone cream. We do have a number of other pages you could look through, Migraines, Aggression and Anxiety. Please have a vitamin D test done, many of your symptoms are also related to a low level. Plus a lack of vitamin D reduces the benefits of progesterone. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the following websites, Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L, and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Take care Wray

Jul 11, 2013
Trying to find out if low progesterone is affecting me
by: Anonymous

Hello!
These stories are all too familiar! I am 25 years old with one child. Prior to having my daughter I had miscarriage after miscarriage. Went to several doctors and no one could tell me why I miscarry everytime. So I found a doctor who tested my progesterone levels which in turn came back extremely low.I had to take progesterone pills the first three months. Anywho, after my daughter was born I was placed on mirena. I had it for almost 2 years then that is when my nightmare began... I was stuck in bed for three weeks with severe tightness in my chest and abdomen, shakes, chills, numbness, cloudiness, headache, anxiety, heart palpitations with rapid heart rate. I was in and out of the emergency room and doctors office. EVERYTHING came back normal (they did not test hormones). I even had a CT scan of my head... I felt crazy. I figured since I wasn't on any medication except mirena that it was the culprit. I had it removed. I have not had an attack that bad since then but I still feel very edgy. I have had the mirena out for a little over 1 1/2 years now but I am not at a calm state. I feel uneasy to my stomach, heart racing, cloudiness, constant headaches, feeling of low blood sugar, dizzy. I want to feel normal again and this all would make perfect sense because of what my ob-gyn discovered during my pregnancy. Any thoughts?

Jul 12, 2013
Trying to find out if low progesterone is affecting me
by: Wray

Hi there Yes they are all so familiar. I've been doing this work for 16 years now and they never end. Women suffer from their hormones so they are given drugs. Very rarely are they given what they need, often only progesterone but the nutrients are all vital too. You were very lucky you found one who did know what he was doing. You might like to read our Pregnancy page, hopefully it will throw some light on your miscarriages. I'm not sure which Contraceptive I dislike the most, the Mirena or Provera! The Mirena does not release progesterone as many women are lead to believe, but a progestin called levonorgestrel. This has been shown to lower progesterone levels, plus impeding the blood flow in the uterine arteries, see here and here. Levonorgestrel is derived from testosterone, so has androgenic properties, which can cause Hair Loss. This is the prescribing information here, and please see here too. You might like to read these comments here from women who've used the Mirena. Pity they didn't test hormones, it seems very few doctors know about oestrogen's affect on the heart. Oestrogen causes prolongation of the QT interval, which results in palpitations, arrhythmia, Torsades de Pointes and sudden death. Whereas progesterone shortens the QT interval, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, Continued below

Jul 12, 2013
Trying to find out if low progesterone is affecting me
by: Wray

Hi there here, here and here. These symptoms occur far more frequently in women who naturally have a long QT interval, rather than men who naturally have a short QT interval. The Mirena, by lowering progesterone levels, would cause an imbalance between oestrogen. Progesterone does help headaches and Migraines. So too does vitamin D, please have a test done. They both stabilise blood glucose too, oestrogen destabilises it, see here. Plus a lack of vitamin D reduces the benefits of progesterone. If you consider using progesterone please make sure it's sufficient. I would suggest no less than 200mg/day for your symptoms, possibly more. You might like to read this comment here. There's more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. Take care Wray

Jul 12, 2013
Trying to find a product
by: Anonymous

I'm trying to find the product you mentioned in an earlier post,

We do make up a Calming Complex with all the calming amino acids in it, plus the B vitamins which help calm too. If you feel like trying it, please contact Julienne via her website here

Does she sell it on her website?

Jul 18, 2013
Trying to find a product
by: Wray

Hi there Unfortunately it's not on our websites yet, but Jules does carry stock of it. So if interested please contact her via her website here. She will then be able to give you advice on it. Take care Wray

Jun 19, 2014
I understand completely!
by: Anonymous

Hello, I never post comments on sites like this, but I wanted you to know that you are NOT alone, that I experienced almost everything you write about (I'm 49 now and in menopause). Please keep trying to find a solution and don't give up. I saw my GYN who is very forward thinking, and she diagnosed me with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), and put me on a progesterone trans dermal cream. It helped tremendously. You can and will feel better - keep a positive outlook and don't let anyone - even an experienced doctor whom you otherwise trust - tell you that there's nothing you can do.

Aug 04, 2014
panic
by: Anonymous

Hi I think I may have low progesterone, I am hypothyroid and possibly have high cortisol. Last January my doctor increased my dose of thyroxine. Almost immediately I began to experience heavy irregular periods, panic attacks, and anxiety, and a weird feeling of not being able to keep still. My TSH is ok. I was prescribed norethisterone and had a terrible reaction. I have feelings of panic every day, and real problems sleeping, an waking early in a panic. Would progesterone cream help me? )Thanks so much

Sep 21, 2014
Suffered for 10 years
by: K.HOP

I am 28 years old and have suffered the following symptoms for ten years; anxiety, tight chest, difficulty breathing, muscle pains, exhaustion, migraines, heavy periods, cold hands and feel, allergies, irregular blood sugar, abnormal cells in my cervix and more.
Over ten years I have seen several doctors, some of which said I had ME, or that my symptoms could be my 'lifestyle' choices (I'm a very healthy vegan with perfect blood mineral levels) I was even told to 'not be so silly' and that it was in my head. They finally put it down to anxiety disorder and offered me drugs, I refused drugs but tried therapy, nothing worked.
I stopped going to the doctors over the years as all my ailments were put down to my 'anxiety'
About 2 months ago I went on holiday and was prescribed progesterone so that I didn't start my period on holiday. A week into taking these tablets I felt amazing, ALL symptoms gone.
I got home and people told me 'it'll just be the holiday' but I knew it was more.
I did some research and found that ALL my symptoms matched low progesterone symptoms. I asked the new doctor I was seeing to test my hormone levels, he was reluctant but agreed.
A week later I was diagnosed with very low progeserone. I wanted to cry, both happy and sad tears. I had an answer but why did it take ten years of neglect?!
I am currently undergoing tests to determine the cause but I am looking forward to being well.
Don't ignore it and don't settle for answers that don't feel right.

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