Progesterone Cream for Post Natal Depression
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
I am 34 years old and I gave birth to my daughter 5.5years ago. I had slight depression during the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy but from there on I had the most wonderful time and LOVED being pregnant. 6 weeks after I gave birth I started to notice symptoms of post natal depression and I went downhill badly.
Within days I was a mess and worst of all I literally could not sleep at all. I was very very ill and couldn't seem to get well despite trying various meds. This went on for 18 months before I found a good dr and found a medication that works for me. All along I have wondered if my PND was a hormonal imbalance. I recently had a full blood hormone profile which showed that my progesterone levels are normal but that my estrogen levels are high. My Estrogen : Progesterone ratio is 1:72 and I believe it should be around 1:200. I seem to have most of the symptoms listed for estrogen dominance.
My doctor started me on a bioidentical progesterone cream about 2 weeks ago. Since starting I feel like I'm on an emotional rollercoaster and I feel extremely fatigued yet still can't sleep well. I must say that I felt like I was heading for a blip in my depression prior to starting the cream so I'm not sure whether its still a natural blip or whether its a reaction to the cream. Currently I am using 1ml of a 200mg cream at night. My dr is increasing my dose next week from a 200mg cream to a 300mg cream. Not sure whether the cream is really going to help me and whether the reaction I am experiencing is normal. I have heard that the initial stages of using the cream can worsen the symptoms of estrogen dominance before it actually makes things better. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I really feel off kilter and not sure what to do.