16 months on NatPro and I can't tell if I'm getting better or worse
(Los Angeles, CA)
I started using progesterone cream 16 months ago, with mixed results. Within 7 months I was up to 300mg/day of NatPro, as my major menstrual symptoms/pain had subsided, but were replaced by "lesser" symptoms like pelvic bloating/pain, breast swelling/pain, major fatigue, mental fogginess, etc. 7 months after that (month 14 on progesterone) I was up to 500mg/day of NatPro, again to counter bloating/discomfort/fatigue that would creep back in. 1 month later (month 15) I decided to stay on progesterone without stopping to menstruate, as symptoms were worsening. Bloating/discomfort/fatigue/breast pain have all gotten so bad that I knocked back to 400mg/day of NatPro and decided to stop for menstruation, just to give my body a break. Bloating continues but pain has decreased slightly.
All the literature on the website continually recommends increasing progesterone, but if at 16 months, at 500mg/day I'm still in major discomfort, where in the world do I go from here? At this point I can no longer tell if the bloating is getting better or worse, if I should increase or decrease progesterone.