Progesterone saved my sanity
For years, doctors thought I was depressed even though I kept telling them my problem was somehow hormone related. I only knew that because my PMS was so bad. PMS caused severe mood swings, anxiety, weird food cravings -- peanut butter, mayonaise and pickle sandwiches!! It tastes great, but who would eat that unless their hormones were out of whack?
Over the years, my PMS continued to get worse and lasted longer and longer -- when I finally got help from people who understood what was going on. My PMS was lasting two weeks and with the period lasting five days, I had about one good week a month. I was at my wits end. I was fortunate enough to get in touch with doctors that use conventional medicine and homeopathic medicine to treat patients.
I already knew from past experience that I wanted nothing to do with synthetic hormones - they made me absolutely psychotic. Basically, the synthetic hormones made my symptoms even worse.
Luckily I was put on natural progesterone and have felt much better; I have been taking progesterone since I was 38 - will be 40 in June.
It is important to stay on the progesterone and communicate with your doctor if things don't seem to be working as well as you think - the dosage may need to be adjusted. I have to take the progesterone as if I were in menopause - that is how bad my PMS is. I take the hormone for three weeks out of the month. It has made a world of difference. I am still crabby but I am not like Norman Bates if you know what I mean. The depression and anxiety are almost nonexistent. I still have moments, but I think most of us do.
Hope this helps someone. Don't give up hope until you try progesterone.