Post partum depression /anxiety

by Amanda

I have been suffering from insomnia and anxiety since I had my baby June 27, 2019. I have it all month long, but it gets worse around my period. Some other problems are no libido, headaches, joint pain, hair loss, dry skin, cracked heels., no energy obviously, can’t focus, cramping, mood swings, some depression.

I finally have an inkling that it might be my hormones. I am getting them tested and the dr already prescribed pills but he doesn’t want me to take them this cycle due to testing.

Has anyone had any luck with the pills to help with their anxiety and insomnia from ppd ? Does the cream work ? I might switch to that after the pills. I just want a success story from someone being treated for ppd and winning with progesterone. I can’t do SSRIs they make me so much more worse 😔

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Feb 22, 2020
by: Dawn

I had the same issues after having my children, but unfortunately for me that was a long time ago when no one bothered to test young women for imbalances, so I had anxiety for 25 years.

Please ask your doctor for a saliva test. It will test you over the duration of your cycle and give you a much better look at what you are dealing with. Blood tests are just a peek into one moment of your cycle which could easily come back in the "normal" range. Having said that, if I had known about progesterone cream I would have saved myself years of anxiety, depression and abnormal periods.

What pill are you talking about? Birth control? sometimes that can work great, sometimes it can make things worse, but just like anything we do, we have to allow three months to see if it works for us or not.

I hope you get some relief soon!

Feb 24, 2020
Post partum depression /anxiety
by: Joy

Hi Amanda

Apart from Anxiety you are also suffering from Estrogen Dominance. Please read the Pregnancy page, it explains PND. Dr Katherina Dalton also discusses PND in detail, see here.

Unfortunately, any form of oral progesterone is not the best Delivery Method as about 96% is destroyed by the gut and liver. Please consider using a good progesterone cream such as Natpro. Usually between 100-200mg progesterone helps but if your anxiety is severe you will probably need to use more cream. You will have to experiment with this to see what suits you best. Please read How to use Progesterone Cream. Progesterone therapy is not an overnight fix, it takes time and patience and can take 2-6 months before positive results are felt.

Jun 13, 2020
by: Amanda

Thank you for your reply! I’ve been inserting prometrium vaginally. Was doing 400 mg in the AM. Then my cycle shortened and sleep has been bad again started getting hot flashes etc so we increased it to 600 mg total.

Do you get more absorbed vaginally? Am I doing the right thing, I thought I was on the right track. I mean I feel so much better than I did just waiting on my sleep to get back to semi-normal. I’ve been on it since March. Hoping one day it will just click.. I know it can take a while.

Jun 16, 2020
by: Joy

Hi Amanda

Progesterone cream absorbs very well when inserted in the vagina. However, inserting 400mg at once can be rather messy. Progesterone should be used no less than twice a day in order to keep progesterone levels stable. Use half the amount over your body and insert the other half in your vagina at night. If you find no relief try using another progesterone cream as suggested.

Jun 16, 2020
by: Amanda

Thank you! I’m actually using prometrium capsules inserted ! Can I poke a hole in them and Rub them in instead ?? Really hoping 600 mg total will help me ..

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