Houston...We Have A Problem...
I am 51 years old and going through the turmoil of perimenopause. My doctor had lab work done on me, and we discovered that my Estradiol level was 228, while my Progesterone level was 0.4. About 3 months had transpired without a period. My doctor prescribed bioidentical progesterone for me, which I have compounded at a pharmacy here in my town. Right now, I'm taking 150 mgs. of Progesterone a day. As soon as I started taking this stuff, I started bleeding for the first time in three months. I was literally passing clots the size of Granny Smith apples. I have insomnia, and I am experiencing slowness of thought and speech. I thought this stuff was supposed to help women sleep. If so, why haven't I slept more than two hours for two days in a row?
I know that Wray recommends that some women take much higher doses, but I can't afford to take 400 mgs. of natural progesterone cream when my insurance doesn't cover the cost.
I really don't know what to do at this point. I don't know if I'm taking too much or too little. I'm a writer and haven't been able to write because of the slowness of thought and the insomnia.
Should women in perimenopause with erratic cycles just take progesterone every single day, since they really don't have a cycle at this point. How much do you recommend I take?
I'm a very busy person, and I just don't have the time to spend hours on the Internet every single day researching health issues. I need quick answers to my problems so that I can get them solved and get on with my life.
Any suggestions? Is 150 mgs. a day not enough?