Progesterone and tubal ligation
by Busy Wife and Mother
Hello Wray, I have been feeling very crummy for a few years, and went to my doctor for the first time in about 3 years only to have all of my labwork come back perfectly. I began to do some research, and now I've really opened a can of worms... can you help?
I had a tubal ligation (tubes tied) in 2005, and felt OK for a few years. But after about 3 years, began to feel not-right, and in the last 6 months or so, to feel quite ill.
Since my tubal, I've gained about 30 lbs, although I've cut my calories and carbs dramatically. I'm the mother of 5 kids (I'm 37) and I have 5 step-kids who also keep me busy, I homeschool, my marriage has been rocky, and I have a part-time job. My stress levels are "up-there" to say the least. I exercise rarely and take no vitamins.
These past few months, I've had the following symptoms: night sweats, hot flashes during the day, very oily skin (had always been very dry), frequent vaginal yeast infections, itchy crawly skin, anxiety attacks, crying, hypersensitive reaction to several foods leading to bloating and water retention, after my monthly menses cease I have 1 "dry" day followed by 7 days of significant spotting, very low energy, trouble staying asleep at night, eye pain and occasional blurred vision, daily headaches behind my eyes, pins and needles feeling in my toes, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.
I recently heard about "Post-tubal ligation syndrome" which I feel I probably have. On your progesterone quiz I got a score of 88, and I think it said 10 or above indicates low progesterone. My doctor said not to worry... I'm actually considering reversing my tubal to fix my hormone symptoms (not to conceive).
I bought a tube of your cream, and used it according to directions, about 1/4 tsp twice per day. Its been 2 wks and I haven't had any relief yet. How long should it take and do you think I should increase the dose? Thanks!