How I discovered I was progesterone deficient
I was on the birth control pill (bcp) for 20 years. It was masking my symptoms of severe PMDD for all those years. My first saliva test was done while I was still on BCP and my progesterone was very low.
I was told I needed to come off BCP and I was given a cream with 25mg progesterone to apply once a day on days 14-28. So I did and the monster was realeased - severe PMDD showed up at my door every month. Each month it got more and more severe. This did not do anything to combat the severe symptoms of PMDD. It gave me a small relief on days where my balance must not have been as great, but once I moved into day 20-25 of my cycle - nothing helped not accupuncture, herbs, Zanax! Doctor after doctor - I finally found one. The final level (taken orally) to keep me sane during my cycle is 200mg in the am and 200 mg at night. Even with those high levels my saliva taken day 20 of my cycle reports low levels. The doctor decided I must take progesterone all month long. I am 37 and not trying to have a child at this time in my life.
The whole process of trial and error was extremely difficult. I thought I would committ suicide before I could get it resolved. Now life is much better. I believe natural progesterone saved my life.