Low progesterone but my doctor did not care
by Jody Tracy
I am 26 years old, female, and have been experiencing anxiety, poor sleep, tiredness/sleepiness, exercise aversion, heart palpitations, perceived difficulty breathing, achy joints, and low sex drive. I went to see my doctor and he did a few blood tests and checked my hormones to see if they could determine a cause for my low sex drive. They found low progesterone, and told me about it, but they did not feel it was an issue. My testosterone was on the low end as well. If they didn't feel it was an issue, and weren't going to do anything about it, I don't understand why they even tested for it.
I am on NuvaRing birth control and have been for about 5 years. Could that have caused the dip in my progesterone levels? Should I go off NuvaRing and on a non-hormone birth control method, like a copper IUD, in order to get my levels back to normal? Will it be a problem if I take progesterone cream while I am on NuvaRing birth control (do I risk making the birth control ineffective), and can this alone bring me back into balance?
In a separate test done by the sleep study lab, they found I had low ferritin levels and started me on iron supplements. This seems to help matters and gives me more energy. I don't know how this is interacting with the low progesterone.
Also, I am a thin person and I have been losing a litle weight. Not surprising since the anxiety and lack of good sleep has tired me out and honestly, I don't feel like eating much (which is not usual for me AT ALL).