How do I know when I've reached my level of Natpro?
Hi Wray, I've been on progesterone for short spurts in the past. I'm 24 yo and after a very stressful time in my life, I missed a period and then developed debilitating PMS. Ironically, the part I minded the most was the severe water retention starting 14 days before bleeding. I looked like I gained 20 lbs each month! My Dr started me on Prometrium, which did eliminate the PMS, but I gained weight!! My worst nightmare:( Lol.
He then put me on Rx progesterone cream, around 25 mgs, but the weight gain continued.
I have tried Natpro for 2 days before my period begins in a couple of past months, and also for severe cramping during, but I've been too afraid to try it for 14 days because I don't think I could bear to gain more weight. I know you recommend 100-200 mgs daily, but how do I know when I reach "my dose?" Is weight gain something I have to accept, at least for a while, or is it an indication that I'm not on enough Natpro??
I'm now seeing a Naturopath and I'm also being treated for Lyme Disease (chronic stress for sure). I have diagnosed adrenal fatigue, low estrogen and low progesterone (but estrogen dominance) through saliva tests. My ND wants to put me on low-dose Cortef for my adrenals and 25 mgs Rx progesterone for my hormonal imbalance. I'm nervous about both the cortisol and progesterone supplementation.
I have always been very fit, but now I have such a hard time losing weight. What do you think that is from?
Thank you for your help!