Do I stop progresterone for my cycle to start?
(Washington State, USA)
I am new to taking progesterone at this time. I did begin taking it with my 2nd pregnancy as we had a miscairrage prior, likely to low progesterone that wasn't checked in time. ANYWAY, I am 43 and in a stressfull relationship (special needs/mentally compromised child) so I am constantly having bouts of stress.
After a period of not feeling like myself, I put on some progesterone cream and immediately felt like I could breathe again, clearer in my mind. I had an inner glow, etc. That was 40mg. Very soon I stopped taking it as soon as my cycle started (I spotted a few days beforehand). I tried to wait the 14 days to begin taking it again as most over the counter creams suggest (it was before I found Natpro) but it was like torcher! I didn't think my family would last and I knew things would be better if I took the cream earlier. I began taking it again on day 9 of my cycle and same thing, I felt immediate improvement.
After finding progesteronetherapy.com (and sharing it with a few others) I have upped my dose to 100mg/day. 40 in the morning and 60 in the evening. I am in my week 3 of my cycle and experiencing depression, ultra senitivity (my poor family), and even a bit of "why am I even here?". This is a very uncomfortable thing to write, but I share it bc these feelings don't match my amazing life.
I am considering upping my dose and increasing vit d. I am also considering looking at my copper/zinc balance and wondering if copper is related to an overall agression I feel at times. I can tell my blood sugar is very sensitive right now as well and if I at all ignore my hunger response (bc I am distracted by 4 lovely children) that I have a huge flash of anger.
ANYWAY, I am 7 days away from when my next period starts and I really need to know if I should stop taking it again on day 1 of my cycle?
I'd love to hear your thoughts Wray? Either way, I am so grateful for this little haven you have created for women to work this out! Our families' are forever grateful as well.