Confused About Progesterone Side Effects
I have been using NPC for about a year and a half now. I started using NPC to try to address a few symptoms: hirsutism, edema, depression/anxiety and extreme pelvic pain from ovulation through my period every month. Years ago my gynecologist diagnosed me with PCOS based on the hirsutism and many follicles on my ovaries, though my testosterone levels always fall mid-range, and my DHEAs is only slightly above average.
I started NPC by using 200 mg daily for the first two months. After that, I transitioned to 200mg on days 12 through whatever day I get my period every month. For about a year, I felt pretty good - most notably, my moods leveled out significantly (my depression/anxiety virtually disappeared) and my edema pretty much vanished. Additionally the pelvic pain subsided a bit, and while I still had painful ovulation and periods, there was less cramping in the two weeks of my luteal phase.
However, I also started having some other symptoms pop up a few months into using the cream. First, I started getting recurrent bacterial vaginosis, which I had never had prior to starting NPC & now is a daily battle. Second, I started developing insomnia, which my gynecologist said could be a result of too much progesterone in the system. Third, I started sweating excessively especially on palms and feet. These things have never been an issue before.
Over the last few months I tried to decrease my progesterone in the luteal phase, all the way down to 40mg/day, but the symptoms persist. Has anyone else heard of adverse symptoms of progesterone such as this? I hate to discontinue NPC as it has done wonders for my mood, but I also am worried about continuing if it is causing the other symptoms, especially insomnia.
Thanks for any input you may have!