Wading through the conflicting information that's out there
(Martinsburg, WV, USA)
I'm 49 years old and have been suffering from severe PMDD since I was a teenager. It's impaired my ability to work outside my home and seriously impacted my personal relationships. It's been a very difficult road. I was diagnosed with thyroid disease as a teenager and with estrogen dominance in my 30s. But none of the many doctors I've had throughout my life bothered to consider my hormone levels as the culprit. Instead, it was birth control pills and antidepressants for me. Recently I visited a highly recommended Homeopathic doctor who had me do a saliva test. The results revealed that I was low in many things including DHEA, but that my progesterone was at an astounding 1. I eagerly agreed to begin bio id progesterone.
Here's my question: My doctor has me taking between 100 - 300 ml per day. Through my own trial and error in the past 2 months, I've settled at 200 ml as a comfortable dose for the next 6 weeks (at which point I'll decide based on my symptoms, if I need more or less). But I'm only supposed to take that dose from days 15-28. I'm supposed to take zero progesterone days 1-5 and then a lower dose (50-100 ml) days 6-14. But I feel terrible when I stop taking the progesterone, and when I'm on my half dose from days 6-14 I'm symptomatic and longing for when I can finally get back to my 200 ml dose. I understand that the goal is to mimic what my own body would be doing naturally, but isn't the REAL goal to make me feel better? What would happen if I just took the 200 ml dose every day without stopping? Just to be clear I am not yet in menopause.
Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide. I am so grateful to have found this site!