Bioidentical progesterone = weight gain
(Campbell River, B.C.)
I am a 58 year-old woman.
Some background: I have Hashimoto's Thyroidits,diagnosed at age 39 but ill for 20 years prior to diagnosis. Last summer I switched from synthetic thyroid medication to desiccated thyroid medication, as my new GP told me I needed T3 in adddition to T4.
I have always been very slim, even before I started taking thyroid medication.
Two years ago I stopped taking my small nightly dose of Ativan, which I had been using for 12 years. I expected that i would have insomnia for a few months, but it went on for almost two years -- and I mean, INSOMNIA, sleeping one or two hours a night only.
My naturopath tried treating the insomnia with the usual valerian, etc, and tryptophan helped a bt, but it wasn't until she started me on bio-identical progesterone tablets (300 mg) that my sleep really came back.
That was 8 months ago. ALmost immediately I gained 15 pounds, all of it on my back and bust. I cannot wear my bras and shirts. I am bloated all the time. I keep hearing that progesterone will help me lose weight, but I now weigh more than I ever have before.
My compounding pharmacist told me that taking progesterone in a cream form instead of capsules might help with weight, but then I would lose my sleep again. Is this true? I just retired and cannot afford to buy a new wardrobe, so my discomfort is acute.