Hormone imbalances and ongoing issues
(Qld Australia )
Hi, before I fell pregnant with my son I had low progesterone which gave me the symptoms of high oestrogen. Lumps in breast, moody, water retention etc. The doctor I saw couldn't tell me the reason but gave me progesterone in a pill I had to get made at a compounding chemist which helped me immensely symptomatically.
I since looked into it and I think my cortisol may have been part of the issue as I also used to bruise very easily and not heal well which is a sign of high cortisol. I used to train a lot for my sport though was injured at the time this actually happened but it seemed to make sense.
I eventually wanted to see if I could have kids not knowing much about my imbalance the gyno I saw said I'd need to come off progesterone to see if my cycle regulated (I was getting a cycle every 2 weeks with progesterone) and then see if I needed help. I fell pregnant in 6 weeks without meaning too. Since then I have had another child with only two cycles between.
My issue is I've never really gotten to the bottom of what caused my imbalances in the first place. I am still breastfeeding but get anxiety often and moody and feel like in the last few years I've aged rather quickly. The dark circles under my eyes don't go away now and I am always very fatigued and fatigue very easily if a go to the gym even once a week where as I trained a few times a week during the second pregnancy without issue.
I asked the doctor to check my cortisol and they did a morning cortisol level check. I received a message that my results where in but not urgent so I have not discussed them with the doc as yet.
I can't quite put my finger on everything as to what is wrong with me. I feel like taking progesterone would probably help my symptoms go away but I also would like to eventually try for a third baby. Is there a way I can cycle progesterone so as to help my symptoms but not actually act as a contraceptive? Would taking progesterone impact at all if I was getting tested for higher or lower cortisol?
I just want to feel better again and I felt so good on progesterone. I should also add I do not have a cycle back, my youngest is 16 months and still feeds a lot even a bit at night so I'm not worried about my cycle but I can not know what day I am on if I cycle any progesterone? I just want to feel myself again and I'm not sure what to do. Maybe I could take it for a month? When I was weening my eldest down to have my youngest I also added in vitex which has helped my cycle to regulate in the past, maybe I should take that.
I know I'm asking a lot of questions but I am really confused what to do, get more tests, just take for symptoms, don't take as want a third baby eventually. Has anyone else experienced anything similar with high oestrogen due to low progesterone and not known the cause or has anyone had low progesterone due to cortisol levels?
Hoping someone on here can maybe assist my confusion.