Hello Wray, I am 40 years old. I took birth control pills for 15 years and have stopped 2 years ago. I was sufferening from chronic stress and insomnia. I did a hormone test and the result for my progesterone was 0.33 ng/ml, Estradiol 44.6 pg/ml and DHEA 103 ug/dl.
I was given 50 - 200 mg of progesterone on and off to regulate my menstrual cycle. I would spot 3 days, bleed heavily for 3 days and spot another 2 days. The doctor had advised for me to take Vitamin c 1000mg, Vit D 4000 iu, Calcium 1200 mg, magnesium 500 mg, Vitamin E 400 iu, evening primrose oil 2000 mg, fish oil, zinc 50 mg, soy isoflavones, co q 10 120 mg, placentra and a daily coffee enema to flush out the excess estrogen from my liver....my sleeping improved, my mood was elevated, the anxiety and depression I felt during PMS alleviated. I decided to stop taking the progesterone pills because it gave me melasma. Each month 2 weeks before I have my menstruation, I would have intense cravings for sweets thus causing a bingeing cycle and I would breakout a lot around the chin. I would have one or two sleepless nights before I start spotting for 2 days, 3 - 4 hours of cramps on the 3rd day where I would bleed heavily for 3 days and spot another 2 days. Its the same ordeal every month eventhough I've been exercising regularly, eating healthily, well, healthily for only two weeks after my period ended and then the craving/bingeing starts again 1 - 2 weeks prior to my period. I don't want to take any progesterone pills because I don't think it solves the problem.
I want to take a more holistic natural approach to combat the cravings, breakouts and the SPOT, cramps and heavy bleeding, and a mild PMS which is clearly a sign of low progesterone. After reading so many stories on your website, I have decided to stop taking soy products, soy isoflavones (recommended to me by my hormone doctor) but what else can I do to increase the level of my progesterone. Your feedback is much appreciated.