by Jami

I'm here because after years of feeling awful and not myself, I'm trying to do the research for my OWN health that doctors are missing. I know it's not clinical depression or anxiety, etc. I've taken two SSRIs in the past with no luck. In fact, I feel that they made things worse afterward. Time and time again, I've brought up to my health care providers the fact that I feel the best when I am pregnant. I feel normal. I have loads of energy. My mood is happy and stable. I lose weight (fat) and just gain baby. (I have had perfectly normal and healthy pregnancies. My son was carried 41 weeks and weighed 8 lbs. I carried twins to term with 5 & 6 lb. birth weights.) Right after delivery, I lose even more weight and feel AWESOME. Two weeks after giving birth to my twins, I was 26 lbs. lighter than before conception. I has never made sense to me and the only thing I could think of was what happens during INCREASE in progesterone. I was certain before ever seeing progesterone research from Dr. Lee, etc. that I was among some small percentage of woman with this same condition. I had my gull bladder removed when I was 17. I remember the Dr. questioning if I had ever been pregnant, because at that age, it typically coincides with pregnancy. I told him no and I remember him doubting me (in front of my mother nonetheless). Also, the day before my (very irregular) menstrual cycle, I feel awesome and get a surge of energy. Why? A rise in progesterone is what I have read. I really feel like I have found the answer to my struggles and I'm looking forward to starting progesterone cream. I scored a 60 on the progesterone test as well. If anyone out there can relate to my symptoms, it would be such a breath of fresh air to hear from you. Thank you!

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May 09, 2013
by: Wray

Hi Jami Well your research is correct. We make over 400ng/ml in the third trimester of Pregnancy. The weights of your babies are amazing, especially the twins, it bodes well for their future too. These are often born before term and are often underweight. My pregnancy was so good too, like you I had no troubles, felt very well and lost all weight after it. But unlike you I went into depression after giving birth, which can happen to about 25% of women. It's the severe drop in progesterone which causes it. Extraordinary your doctor doubting you, and with your mother there. It's no wonder with that experience and now that you have decided like so many of us to take matters into your own hands. The SSRI's would not have helped as they are treating symptoms not cause. A friend of mine has just sent me this video clip about depression and hormones, see here. I don't agree about adding oestrogen to the protocol, we have enough as it is, with over 100 oestrogen mimics in the environment, see Our Stolen Future. I normally recommend 100-200mg/day progesterone, but it is dependant on symptoms and trail and error too. No one can tell how much they'll need until they've tried it. If you've done the questionnaire we do give a discount on the cream should you wish to try it. If too little symptoms can become worse, there's more info about this on our Oestrogen Dominance page. We do have a few other pages you could look through for more info, How to use progesterone cream, Menstruation and Anxiety. It is very safe, having been used since the 1940's with no record of adverse events. To reassure yourself you might like to read this page here too. Take care Wray

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