Progesterone PMDD and Depression
I recently started taking progesterone cream made from wild yams. I started on day 17 or 18 of my cycle because that was the day the cream arrived in the mail. I noticed a huge difference in my mood within days of starting. More energy, better concentration, less irritability, more joy and laughter. I felt better than I had in decades, in fact I couldn't remember feeling that happy since childhood (prepubescent). I am 36 female no children and the last few years my PMS has been completely out of control to the level of PMDD and almost feeling slight psychosis for 3-7 days before my period and for the first one or two days of my period. I realize now progesterone has probably always been out of balance for me, even as a teen I was moody, tired, forgetful, sad, tearful especially the week before my period when it would get really bad- always feeling like something external must be agitating me and contemplating quitting my job or breaking up with my boyfriend or moving to a new place to seek some kind of relief.
I was so ecstatic when the progesterone cream started balancing out my mood I thought I had finally found my "cure". I read on many forums that pre menopausal women should take progesterone during the luteal phase only. When Aunt Flo arrived I stopped using the progesterone and on day 2 of my cycle I had a complete melt down- flipping out on the boyfriend, thinking about quitting my job, severe anxiety and depression, no energy. On day 3 of my cycle I started taking a small amount of progesterone again because the symptoms I experienced were to much to handle.
My question is, would it be ok to take progesterone everyday since going without it causes a very drastic chemical imbalance? I don't want to screw up my cycles but I obviously need some progesterone all the time (or so it seems) in order to avoid a severe chemical imbalance. What are the risks of taking it everyday?