Dosing during luteal phase not enough?
First, thank you for all of your work and diligence! I am 37, have felt "out of whack" for years. Doctors would tell me I was fine and put me on a different birth control pill to control my hormones. I started on BCP when I was about 15 when my mom took me to the doctor for severe PMS symptoms. Have been on hormonal birth control off and on, mostly on, until about 2 years ago. After a panic attack, I decided I'd had enough and stopped all synthetic hormones.
I have visited several docs over the last couple of years, feeling super anxious, depressed, insomnia, but constantly fatigued, loss of libido. I knew I suffered from adrenal fatigue, from overuse of ephedra based diet pills in my 20's and caffiene overuse in my 30's as energy boosters because of my constant fatigue. The only way I could feel "normal" was with caffiene. Have cut back drastically, but still drink at least one cup of coffee 5 days a week, no more than two.
Over the years I have also been prescribed several different SSRI's trying to deal with the depression. Stopped those 5 years ago because of the side effects, but often considered trying again.
My PMS was also very bad with cramps, severe headaches, mood swings, ranging from weepiness to aggression, acne, bloating and sugar cravings.
I finally got to a doc who tested my hormones and found my progesterone low. I knew enough by then that I didn't want synthetic progesterone and chose to supplement with the natural cream. The first couple of months I used 40mg as directed by my doc. Estrogen dominance kicked my butt! Luckily I found your site and upped my dosage to 120mg. Then, I used the cream daily to help restore balance. For the first time in I can't remember how long, I feel normal. Even, balanced, mood stable and able to handle stress much better.
Speaking of stress, this has been an extremely stressful period in my life. The last 12-18 months have been some of the hardest periods of my life and the last few months and I don't know how I would have made it without progesterone cream to help me stay even and rational with drastically reduced anxious swings.
Question: Once I got clear from your website on dosage, I took about 120-140mgs daily for 2 months trying to just balance out. Last month, I tried to go back to luteal phase dosing but in the days without progesterone cream I could feel my emotional state slipping backward! Seriously. As soon as I started up the cream again, within a couple of days I was back to feeling balanced and even. This month, I only skipped 2 days, and started to feel the down slide. It was restored after I resumed dosing. I am worried about dosage. I don't want to further throw my hormones out of whack, but am afraid to wait until luteal phase for dosing. I NEED progesterone cream. How long will this last? Any suggestions?