Progesterone advice needed
I am obsessed with your website and have found it to be so knowledgeable. Thank you!
I am 39 years old with no children, never been pregnant. My hormonal imbalance symptoms started at the age of 28, after my wedding was cancelled and going off of the bcp, that I had been on for 10 years. My hair became very, very thin, I developed melasma on my face...not to mention headaches, exhaustion, no periods, etc. I assumed it was all from the stress I was under.
For 9 years I suffered from the symptoms, which kept getting worse and worse. I visited many dr's complaining of my symptoms to which they only cared to throw another bcp my way. At this point I realized that the pill was only masking the symptoms, not getting to the real issues.
Two years ago, after my divorce, I thought I was going to have to quit working.I was sleeping 14 hours a day, still exhausted and hardly functioning. At this time my dr. diagnosed me with hypothyroidism. I was very hopeful that the medication would help my symptoms. It didn't, and they became worse than ever. My hair thinned to the point that I had to buy a wig, I was having severe night sweats, fatigue, headaches, still no period...you name it, I had it and was miserable. My GYN kept offering bcp, estrogen patches, etc. (never offered or mentioned progesterone alone)After trying everything estrogen related, bcp's, and none of them helping, I demanded I be referred to a endocrinologist. She did 6 months of tests and concluded that I had hypogonadism at age 37. I was just grateful of a diagnosis.
I took it upon myself to visit a compound pharmacy that my GYN agreed to work with. I did the saliva testing and the results came back as: Estradiol 3.3 (1.3-3.3 premenopausal),Progesterone 210 (75-270 premenopausal),Testosterone 46, DHEAS 3.7, Cortisol 3.9
I believe that my results show that I am not in menopause however peri menopause.
My dr. put me on compounded progesterone/DHEA/Cortisol= 50mgs. per day. I use 25mgs. in the am and 25 mgs. at night before bed. The pharmacist recommended that I take 2-3 days off per month to set the receptor sites.
My questions are:
Should I be using my creams differently? I don't have a cycle at all to go by, but sometimes spot here and there.
Is daily use ok?
I've gained 10 lbs in the 6 months I've been using it and feel bloated all the time. I've always been tiny, so the weight gain is very noticeable and uncomfortable for me. My symptoms are better, however the night sweats are still raging most nights. Besides the weight gain and sweats I have been feeling much better.My hair has come back some, to the point that with a few extensions it looks pretty darn good. I don't have headaches like I used to, and much more energy. After reading your site I am understanding that perhaps I am on too low of a dosage and need to increase up to 400mgs. per day. Correct? Am I stuck in the estrogen dominance phase?
I am on several antidepressants and suffer from major depression. Could this be causing the night sweats? (Pristique, Wellbutrin, Seroquel)
Are there any other recommendations as far as supplements that you feel would be beneficial for me for hair growth, melasma, etc? I take a multivitamin daily.
Thanks so much!