by Davina

Hi Wray, after receiving advice from you recently I went to see a Dr who agreed to a blood test to check my progesterone levels. I took the test 3 days after menstruation as was told, which I found odd because my symptoms occur from ovulation till the onset of my period.

When I went back to get my result I was told they are within normal levels. I asked for further testing and she agreed as she thinks I might be anaemic, so she is testing me for iron levels, ferritin, vit b12 and full blood count.

I am now ovulating and am experiencing terrible anxiety, anger etc. once again.

Can you please advise further?

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Aug 11, 2011
by: Wray

Hi Davina I'm really surprised they took your test 3 days after menstruation, daft if you ask me. Levels of both progesterone and oestrogen couldn't be lower then. You might like to see a Chart we have on how the two hormones rise and fall. Tests should only be done ±7 days after ovulation or before bleeding, as this is when progesterone is peaking. Or should be. Oestrogen also peaks then too, so if progesterone doesn't, oestrogen becomes the dominant hormone, and it shouldn't be. Progesterone should be dominant in the luteal phase. I'm not sure if you're using progesterone, but it's evident from your symptoms you should be. I recommend 100-200mg/day, more if symptoms are severe. There's more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. Take care Wray

Aug 13, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Wray, My number of days between cycles fluctuates slightly each month. if i apply the cream should i make sure i start applying it a day of two after ovulation. i heard that if you apply it before ovulation then your body will not produce progesterone that month and will use the progsterone that youre applying instead. since my cycle fluctuates each month its possible i could start using the cream too soon. could you advise?

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