Progesterone Cream Advice
I am 20 years old and since I've been 14 my periods have always been irregular. From 14 to 18 they would come with a 33 to 38 day cycle. When I was 18 I lost almost 30 pounds during that year through a healthy diet and exercise. After this weight loss I lost my period and did not have it for several months. I was put on birth control to try and get the period. It worked and was on it for a few months. It made me sad, gain weight, and was just a bad experience. I went off of it and still did not get a period. I was then diagnosed with PCOS and was told to go back on the birth control. At this time I had begun gaining unexplained weight. I work out 6 days a week and eat extremely well. It did not add up. The birth control once again caused me to gain insane amounts of weight and I had lots of water retention. I also was very emotional. I stopped the birth control after starting my period a week into the pack during the third month. I have been seeing a holisitic docotor now who did a saliva test. I had normal levels of estrogen but very low levels of progesterone.
Since then I have done two months of herb cycling and got my period twice. I have just started a progesterone cream and am almost 3 weeks in. I am still gaining weight and now am up to 20 pounds in 9 months. I work out still and eat even better than before. However I have had a huge positive shift in my emotions. It has felt like a fog has been lifted and I am mostly happy. I do have some more emotional days but it is no longer dominating my thoughts.
I am just wondering if there is anything diet wise you can help me with and also when will the progesterone cream start to take over? I just want to go back to how I was.
Also how do caffeine and alcohol affect the progesterone cream effectiveness. Being in college makes these two stimulants hard to get away from, however I am totally willing to make a change if it will help me return to normal!
Thank you for your help and I look forward to hearing back from you!