Use of Soto-Pelle bio-identical hormones and progesterone
I am 44 and I have a regular 25-day cycle.
Blood tests show that I am not peri-menopausal. Blood tests also showed that I was very low in testosterone and my estrogen levels were within the range of "normal".
I investigated and started receiving bio-identical estrogren and testosterone via the soto pelle method because I was suffering from extreme fatigue, anxiety, insomnia and migraine-like headaches. I had also started experiencing dizzy spells that a neurologist could not chart as anything being neurologically evident.
The first injections of pellets (estogen and testosterone) went well and my headaches disappeared almost immediately. I was able to sleep through the night (a good thing), but my anxiety increased ten-fold. After about 5 weeks, my libido increased (another good thing), I was a bit more even keeled mood-wise, but the anxiety was still with me.
I attributed the anxiety to the small amount of estrogen they gave me and the increase in libido and mood stability to the testosterone.
I started to do some research on progesterone when I went back in for a second set of injections (~six months after the first), I was armed with questions and got very strange answers contradicting everything I had read about hormone levels during a "Normal" cycle.
The doctor and his nurse countered my comments that the anxiety was not from estrogen, but progesterone. That the estrogen relieved me of my headaches and allowed me to sleep and that if I increased my progesterone that I would be more anxious, more irritable, have more severe headaches because progesterone responds that way. They were even throwing out diuretics to me saying that I might need them since I was refusing the estrogen pellets.
I refused any more estrogen because my blood tests showed my estrogen to be quite high. I only took the testosterone. I started a bio-identical progesterone cream shortly after my second round of pellets (Renaissance brand).
WHAT A ROLLER COASTER RIDE during that first two weeks! I can only assume it was the estrogen and the progesterone fighting for "control". I resumed sleeping through the night, headaches went away, my mood was a wreck, and libido was so-so.
I leveled out after about two weeks and stopped the progesterone when I got my period. A day later, I started having horrible migraine-like headaches that have continued for the past two weeks despite my resuming the progesterone cream. I've increased, decreased and nothing seems to help.
I hope I level out again by taking the progesterone daily (despite the point in my cycle and have this feeling that I need to "pop" an egg).
So, after my background and the fact that I don't trust these docs administering the hormones via soto pelle (and it is not covered by insurance and is expensive):
Is it necessary to have testosterone? although I did get more energy and could stay up past 8 p.m. and wake up in the morning.
Can I get increased libido and energy from progesterone?
Do you agree with continuing the progesterone despite the point in my cycle to alleviate the headaches?
Can I also add, I have a very stressful life, working fulltime, four young children and one who has autism and my own struggles with a perfectionist personality... so, I can guarantee that my progesterone is out of whack and my adreneal gland is on overdrive... I see its results in my belly fat. lol