Progesterone Dominance - My Personal Experience
I know on this site many feel that it is pretty much impossible to get too much progesterone. From my own experience, I disagree.
At different times, I have tried both oral micronized progesterone (200mg) and natural compounded 10% progesterone cream (100mg) for fourteen days out of the month. Although my ratio with estrogen was over the recommended 600:1, my serum progesterone levels were very elevated and I still never felt well. My boobs swelled and gained a cup size...I got extremely depressed....I was sleeping over ten hours a day and didn't want to get out of bed...I had cystic acne on my chin...extreme bloating and weight gain all in the midsection. My estradiol levels have always been on the lower end but I have never taken any type of bioidentical estrogen...just natural progesterone. I think, however, adding the progesterone when I have low estradiol actually caused some of the same symptoms as estrogen dominance! There are doctors out there who believe that women who have weight issues should stay away from progesterone...especially women who have low estradiol levels to begin with and that adding progesterone alone can cause an increase in acne, weight gain, etc.,.
I think progesterone, from my own personal experience, was not the end all be all. I know others on here will disagree and say that progesterone is the only answer. We are all different. I think everyone should have their levels tested before they go on it to see if they really need it). It's too easy to throw around the term "estrogen dominance" these days and rx a script for mega doses of progesterone. Yes, I am sure many women who are truly estrogen dominant will benefit...but some of us out here just can not tolerate it for whatever reason. I've tried lower doses...higher doses...and can't achieve balance even when I am at the recommended 600:1 ratio. I am off it now and am feeling better, but I am sure it has built up in my system over the years. You probably disagree with Dr. Mercola that progesterone can cause complications, but I think he is on to something. Too much of a good thing in excess can cause problems for some.
Just wanted to share my own personal experience. I so wanted to have good results like many on this site...I envy those that achieve balance!!!