Estrogen Dominance Issues after IVF??
Hello! I am so happy to have found this site! I was ready to throw in the towel and give up trying to take back my health. It is so inspiring to see how many women and men's lives have changed from progesterone therapy.
My background.. I attempted a surrogacy for a family member 3 years ago. I had to give myself daily shots of progesterone and estrogen (once a week) for about 4-5 months, leading up to and beyond IVF. Unfortunately I had a miscarriage at about 12 weeks and stopped all of the meds cold turkey. I feel like something happened to my hormones right after this. I gained thirty pounds, began to have anxiety and horrible panic attacked, had daily hot flashes, acne on my chin, and bad PMS, cramping, extreme exhaustion and depression and overall foggy brain. Three years later and my symptoms have just been getting worse.
Unfortunately I have had to take matters into my own hands as my doctor thinks hormone testing is too unreliable and suggested I include more leafy greens in my diet (I already do 40 minutes of hard exercise every morning and eat pretty healthy).
I started taking Progest last November at the recommended 20-40 mg per day, which did not do much except more weight gain and cramping and more acne (waking up of estrogen sites?). Last month, after finding this site I upped my dosage to 200mg a day and switched to Natpro, but it doesn't seem to be changing my symptoms yet. I still have cramping most of the month, acne, mood swings etc.
I guess I would love anyone's advice about what to do next!
Should I buy over the internet a saliva hormone test?
Should I be less impatient and continue on 200 mg for a few more months?
Should I up my dosage to 400mg and beyond?
How long to I continue to take such high doses of cream? (Is it lifelong?)
I do also take vitamin D3 and inositol as I read on this site many great things about both.
Thanks in advance