Taking Progesterone Everyday?
After researching this epidemic of low progesterone I can now see that this has been a problem for generations in my family on my mothers side. Besides the crazy stories of Aunts, Great Aunts, and Cousins, I grew up watching my mother experience painful menses as well as totally irrational behavior. Childhood Anxiety was my expression of the low progesterone gene that I inherited. I made it through most of my life with few symptoms, my mother raised us on whole grains and organic meats with home grown vegetables, and I never used BCP. After I had my first child at 27, I became hypothyroid. It took me 18 months to lose the baby fat and I started to notice that in order to keep my figure, I had to either work out like crazy or eat practically nothing. After my 2nd child at 36 all hell broke lose. I COULD NOT LOSE WEIGHT. I exercised for a year, ate well, but lost no fat. I experienced violent rages, depression, lethargy. I knew something was very wrong cause I had always been high energy and very motivated so I started researching hormones like crazy. I decided to do the Wiley Protocol but the problem was that my doctor didn't really understand the difference between peri-menopause and menopause so along with the progesterone, I was taking estrogen. That's what caused all the problems and I spiraled downwards. It took me over 2 years to get off of it because there is so much mis-information out there and the doctors don't seem to know what to do either. When I finally was able to get the hormones, I experienced such extreme fatigue that by 3pm I was comatose and sometimes couldn't make it up the stairs when I got home from work. All this time, I was working a full time job with 2 kids at home. So I kept reading and researching. I bought Progesterall and took the recommended amount, but with all that extra Estrogen from the Wiley protocol, you know what happened. I bloated up and gained even more weight. For over a year I would do this off and on. One month on and then I'd think, this isn't working so i'd quite the next month. Then I'd feel terrible, so i'd take it again the next month. All the while taking no more than 20-40mg per day at the most. After going off the Whiley protocol besides all the horrible symptoms which there is not even room here to share, one of the worst things that happened to me was my hairline started receding. I lost about 1/4" of my hairline. So this summer as I was researching, I kept ending up on your page and realized how important dosage was. So I tried to obtain from progesterall how much progesterone was in their product and increased my daily intake to maybe 50-80mg per day. After my first month of that, i noticed that my hairline was growing in. I thought, OK this is working. Well, 2 months ago was my first month trying to take large amounts of Progesterone. It was terrible. My estrogen skyrocketed. I developed symptoms of estrogen dominance that I had never experienced before. I know, I know, I didn't take enough. But my hairline has grown in almost entirely and my hair is super shiney. Hasn't been that way since I was pregnant. This past month, I didn't think ahead to order enough progesterone. I wanted to order natpro but it was out of stock so i used progesterall, which I'm fine with but I go through a tube in 3.8 days, and I used Elan Organics progesterone cream, which I do not like, I think i might be allergic to it actually. Well I was running low on cream so I tried to skimp and ended up causing my period to start on day 21. I'm typically a 28 day girl. As a result of skimping on the progesterone, I now have a horrible case of acne, my joints are starting to ache a little like before, and I have no motivation. I feel like I should have just pushed through and taken the cream until day 28 but I stopped. When I'm off the cream, I spend all my time counting down the days until I can go back on again. On days 1 to 14 (actually I start feeling absolutely nuts by day 10 and usually have to start progesterone by day 12) I get blurry eyed, walk around in a trance(grocery shopping is a real challenge at that point), can't remember anything, yell alot at my poor kids, can't take loud noises, and get startled easily. I'm now on day 8 and I don't think that I can wait until day 12 to start taking the cream. If I start taking the cream early will I get my period before 28 days? I can see myself trying to find ways to prolong that 2 week period where I am taking the cream because the days without progesterone cream are so unbearable for me, I was wondering if I should try to take progesterone straight for a few months until I feel normal again? Would you recommend taking 100mg/day on days 1 to 14 and then increasing to 200mg/day for days 14 to 28? or should I just take a stronger dose than I have been on days 14 to 28 (like 250+mg/day) and just take nothing on days 1 to 14? Also, I did just start taking Vit D about 1 month ago and I take 5000IU a day but I have not had a test so I don't really know what my levels are. Thanks for answering this for me.