Is it ok for me to take progesterone all month
Hi Wray, I have been reading your suggestions and comments and was looking for your thoughts on my situation. I am now 37 years old. I was on oral BCP for 20 years. I had some very stressful life events and my hormones started going crazy - hot flashes, night sweats, lack of luster, depression etc.
My saliva tests indicated while on BCP very low progesterone. When I came off (April 2009) I did not use progesterone at first. I was stricken with severe PMDD that worsened every month - becoming unbearable by July 2009. In Octorber I started progesterone cream 25mg. I could feel the difference but it was not enough to fight off the PMDD - in this time frame I started having hypothyroid symptoms (now on armour 1grain) along with PMDD symptoms. At the same time I was treating my adrenals as the saliva indicated they were fatigued. I increased progesterone to 25mg two times a day during days 14-28. Still not enough relief. I thought I was going to commit suicide - the PMDD was so bad.
I finally read and ordered (Jan 2010) oral bio-identical progesterone and started a higher dose and I increased each month finally to 200mg AM and 300mg PM. I was stopping my dose at day 28 to start my period, however, last month it took 5 days for the bleed to come and the severe PMDD resurfaced and lasted while I was bleeding. Which normally it would stop once the onset of bleed. My new doctor changed my delivery method and dose thinking I might need less through this method - trouche 300mg in evening. She also decided I should be on it all month with a lower dose on day 1-14 (150mg/day).I am on day 18 of my cycle. I tried the 300mg at night only and I started to have some mild symptoms return, so I added my morning dose back - trying 100mg - still felt symptoms and extreme bloatedness - could not even wear my wedding ring. So I increased dose back to of 200mg in am and 300 mg in the PM and I feel better. My saliva report was taken (April 2010) on day 20 of my cycle showing my levels (even while on my progesterone which taken the day before first saliva sample approx 13hours) to be low at 70 (range is pg/ml 30-300). Am I at risk taking progesterone all month long and at these higher doses. I am frightened not to take high doses because when I don't - the PMDD that I experience is so bad I can hardly function.
I have gained 25 lbs since this all started and nothing seems to help with my weight. I tried HCG for a short period but it made me irritable and angry - doctor told me it was raising my estrogen and causing worse estrogen dominance. UGH I am fat and flustered! BTW my saliva indicated normal to high DHEA and testosterone levels - DHEA conclusive of an athlete which I used to be until the end of 2008! My adrenals are finally in a good spot - I still supplement them with a product called ADB5 Plus (it includes glandular and vitamins).
Any thoughts or insight would be great!