HELP WITH PROGESTERONE DOSEAGE!!!
(Fort Pierce FL)
I am 42 and have been on progesterone compounded cream since March. I had VERY bad estrogen dominance (4 x's higher than progesterone, and my progesterone was always less than .1 pg/ml!). My doc started me on 100 mgs of the cream, and I went up to 375 before estrogen dominance was calmed down. My blood tests came back ok after about 5 months on the cream.
THEN, my Doc decided my testosterone levels were too low, and put me on 100 mg/day of testosterone 1% cream. After less than 2 months, I am NOW even WORSE estrogen dominant. My progesterone, which had gone up to 11 pgml, is now down to 7, and my estradiol is now 380! SO estrogen is now 5 TIMES HIGHER than progesterone. I am suffering from this badly: bad insomnia, horrible impatience and intolerance (really nasty I am!), I have gained 6 lbs and am so bloated I do not fit into my clothes anymore, have cystic acne that won't go away, and have missed the last 2 periods.
I stopped the testosterone a few days ago, and ramped up to 400 mg of progesterone (200 am and 200 pm) 3 days ago. I actually have gained ANOTHER pound and the bloat is still here, along with the severe irritability, insomnia, and acne.
My question is: How high should I go with progesterone to get rid of this bloating, mood, and estrogen dominance? My Doc suggested I do a few doses of 25 mg of anestradiol, so I did take one dose, but after reading about it I am scared to do anymore. I would like to balance things with progesterone, but not sure how high I should go. I have read some need 600 or more mg/day to counter bad estrogen dominance.
Are any of you also taking testosterone along with progesterone and does the body always convert this to estrogen? MINE DOES! I liked the benefits of better muscle tone and hoped it would burn off some fat, but it seems I cannot take it or my body uses it to make more estrogen.