A work in progress
I'm 42. I was on BC pills for 20 years up until a little over a year ago. I took myself off the BC pills because I was afraid they were the source of my feeling so horrible all the time. Actually when I think back to my 20's and 30's I NEVER really felt good.
I suffer from anxiety, so I just assumed that is why I never felt good. I have a history of not being able to sleep good, daily headaches, mood swings, and anxiety attacks. I was never on anything for my anxiety, as I don't believe in prescription drugs and I'm very sensitive to side effects. I have no other health problems. Approaching age 40 I had an increase in stress for years prior, so I began to have even more problems sleeping, staying asleep, hot flashes, a constant tingling all over my body, and mood swings and worsened anxiety. The insomnia was the worst symptom of all. Its what prompted me to stop the BC pills, thinking they were the culprit since I never took any other pills or meds.
So its been a little over a year now with no BC pills and of course its been horrible. The "side effects" of comming off the BC pills after 20 years is worse than you can imagaine. All my current symptoms increased, along with horrible acne. I saw several Drs and did a ton of research on the net and realized my hormones were totally out of whack and I may be peri-menapausal. I found only one Dr. that would prescribe NATURAL progesterone cream. I was prescribed a 3% strength, 5 ml a day at night.
At first it caused my heart to race and it got worse with each application. So they told me to stop it. I then tried several Chinese herb combo's but had horrible side effects and had to stop them. I also tried over the counter supplements recommended by a Dr and herbalist. All to which I had to stop due to side effects. Still every day dealing with constant insomnia and all the other hormonal effects.
So recently I decided to try the natural progesterone cream again but at a lower dosage, and increase it slowly. Its a 3% strength and I started only using 2 ml a day. The heart palps started again, but its been almost 3 weeks now, I stopped it for the week of my period, and the heart palps aren't as noticeable. I've increased to 3 ml a day now. I do wish the Dr that gave me the cream would have explained that when starting the cream my estrogen dominant symptoms will worsen temporarily. She never did but I read it on the net. So I'm starting to slowly sleep a bit better, but not as good as I would like just yet. I'm also calmer. I have hope now that in time I will be able to feel good for the first time in my life. I regret being on the BC pills all those years. If I only knew what I know now. I have learned alot.