Nightmare with Progesterone Cream... Please Advise if you can
(Bethlehem, PA, USA)
Hi there Wray. I have read some things on your site, but not all. I have had a nightmare of an experience with previous progesterone cream supplementation, but have been considering trying it again, but am VERY afraid.
So the last time i used progesterone cream, I felt a relief in certain areas, like allergies, cramps, PMS, lessened heavy bleeding, felt periods of calm and well being, HOWEVER, I began of the flip side to develop acne, Panic attacks, off and on exhaustion, terrible anxiety, what felt like surges of adrenaline, longer 36 day cycles, a slight melasma on my face, and some unwanted hair growth, night sweats, cystitis, vulvodynia. The symptoms flared during the follicular phase and either lessened or disappeared during the luteal phase. I was only using progest cream during luteal phase. I began to use the cream straight through all month and things got real bad to the point i would put the cream on and about 15 minutes later id be having serious anxiety attacks, even awakening me from sleep.
I am guessing that the progesterone was converting to other hormones and creating hormonal hell.
SO, I went off of the progest and many things began to clear up. However I was still left with some symptoms. I have not had night sweats, massive panic attacks, surges of adrenaline, long 35 day cycles, and some other issues since not using it. However, I now have spotting between periods (sometimes for 2 weeks straight or more), heavy periods, severe mood swings, foggy head, exhaustion, vulvodynia, anxiety, feeling like a buzzing sensation thru my body as nerves are raw and on edge, depression, food intolerances, feeling like my immune system is on hyper drive. I know that my whole body would melt back into ease and calm with progesterone, but I am afraid of the hormonal conversion and the other symptoms that have accompanied this cream use as before. ALl blood work and saliva show a need for progesterone. ALso shows high saliva testosterone and DHEA. My doc has suggested Vitex, but I am ambivalent. Any suggestions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated, because I am AT A LOSS?! I really need relief bc i have been disabled with CFS and Fibro for years now and I need my life back. Thank you for your website and materials :)