Progesterone turns to cortisol in those with low cortisol/adrenal exhaustion
I'm 48 and post menopausal on estrogen and testorene cream and was on progesterone orally 100mg and started gaining weight, bloated belly after I added P in. I then found the site here that I may need to increase P because it just stimulates estrogen at lower levels.
I deal with CFS/ME, chronic fatigue syndrome (the true condition - not just process of elimination) and we tend to always have atypical responses to things others respond to in a normal way. For instance, with CFS we are depleted in cortisol and Progesterone will turn into cortisol (pregnelone steal), (and then turn to belly fat) so there is that possibility that is often overlooked and that is what I'm worried is happening with me. I'm wondering if anyone has any insight into this?
I eat very well, exercise often so this weight gain has nothing to do with my lifestyle. To note as well: I have a pristine and clean lifestyle with no estrogen mimickers for many years now (bodycare, food, etc. totally totally green and healthy lifestyle)