Stress and Anxiety

by Maureen
(Canada)

Right now I am undergoing extreme anxiety and stress due to familial issues and my own inability to cope. I have heavy menses every month and was just put on progesterone/synthetic Provera. I am taking 10 mg a day for 10 days.

I don't like how it makes me feel so I will stop it. I have to learn to let go of that which is beyond my control. I had to kick my son out of the home due to his behavior and not being able to handle it well. I would end up drinking a bottle of wine a week. This of course has not helped with my stress but increased it and caused family members to stay away from me.

Perhaps someone has a similar situation. I would love some feedback.
Thank You, Moe.

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Jul 19, 2008
Stress and Anxiety
by: Wray

Hi Moe I'm relived you are going to stop the MPA. Please read my answer to another contribution about it's adverse side affects:

http://www.progesteronetherapy.com/risk-of-no-periods.html

It is also suppressing ovulation, which means you are not making any progesterone, beyond the little the adrenals, brain and glial cells make. This is certainly not enough to help with the stress.

Stress causes the hormones cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline to be released. This in turn lowers neurotransmitter and hormone levels, so making it harder to cope with the stress. Progesterone helps to calm by activating the GABA receptor sites, GABA is our major calming neurotransmitter.

Progesterone also helps to get reproductive organs into balance again, stabilises blood sugar and raises levels of serotonin thereby helping depression. If the stress is severe a higher than normal level will have to be used initially. It would be worth getting some of the amino acid GABA.

Although progesterone helps stabilise blood sugar, you might also consider taking up to 8000mg/day of the amino acid glutamine. This is amazing at helping the drop in blood sugar which is causing you to drink the wine.

And yes learning to let go is so important, there are many therapists who can help with that too. You might like to look at this web page on anxiety:
http://www.progesteronetherapy.com/anxiety-attack-symptoms.html

Do hope this helps. Take care Wray

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