Perimenopause and Progesterone
I am 42 and have been miserable for several months. At first, I thought I was having adrenal or thyroid issues: hair loss, feeling hypoglycemic, severe brain fog, and much more. I saw multiple doctors and was tested and tested, but all results came back "normal."
After scouring the internet, I saw your site and others, and realized that my hormone levels could be off due to perimenopause. A couple of months ago, I went to a naturopath, who gave me some natural progesterone (the kind you crack and hold under your tongue for 5 minutes) to try. After about 5 days, I began to feel better (not perfect, but much more functional). I found, though, that every time I stopped (it's recommended for pre-menopausal folks to take it only during the 2nd half one ones cycle) for even just a couple days, I'd get worse again. My regular doc did a blood test of my hormone levels after I'd been on this for 10 days (it was day 21 of my cycle) and I came in at 12, which is "normal." Since I was already on the progesterone, I figure it's safe to assume it'd have been lower without it and I'm on the right track.
So, now a couple of questions. First, would it be horrible for me to stay on natural progesterone permanently, and not break from it, even though I'm not in menopause? The breaks are doing me in. The first thing to go is my head - it gets soooo fuzzy. Second, what is the difference between taking the kind of progesterone I'm on right now, and the cream? (I was told it's more difficult to get the dosage right when using creams. You mention that sublingual progesterone should not be taken long-term.) Thanks for your help...