Progesterone withdrawal?

by Gretchen

Hi everyone!

I was postpartum and having a ton of problems with my hormones, and I knew that was what it was, and I went to my OBGYN and she wanted to put me on the birth control pill and also an anti-depressant (which I said no to). I did try the birth control pill but was so sick on it and was vomiting and not eating, so I stopped. I later researched hormone specialists in my areas, and I came across a reproductive endocrinologist who went into treating hormone disorders because his wife went through menopause and he saw there was a need for it.

I did the saliva testing, and it came back that my progesterone was extremely low, and I was in the early stages of estrogen dominance. He recommended doing bioidentical progesterone pill every day at night. I started that in May, and was on 75mg and was doing good, but still had some symptoms. When I went back, he said he would up me to 100mg every day. When I started taking that, my body just felt so weird. I was having extreme brain fog, tightness in my chest, anxiety, fearful. You name it, I had it. I gave it 2 weeks and I was like something is going on. So I called the doctor, and he said to stop taking it for a week, and then we will reassess what I need to do when I call back.

I did that, and I am having horrible symptoms. Day 1-3 were fine. I felt better than I have. I am not on day 5, and I have horrible anxiety. My body is just so jittery, and I just feel like I have so much anxiety. I was reading everyone’s posts and they said you can go through withdrawal symptoms. Is that what this is? Has anyone ever experienced this when going cold turkey off of it? I am trying to decide if I should start it up again at a lower dosage or just continue to push forward and not go back to progesterone! Looking for some clarity! Thank you!!!

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Sep 18, 2022
Progesterone withdrawal?
by: Joy

Hi Gretchen

This topic has been discussed a few times on the website. If you use the search bar you will be able to read up on it.

It is so typical of doctors to suggest BCP and antidepressants, just proves that they really do not have a clue. I am so pleased that you refused. Unfortunately any form of oral progesterone is not the best Delivery Method as around 96% gets destroyed by the gut and liver. A cream is far better. Some find that using cream in the morning and oral at night helps them, but I do prefer cream. The 75mg that you were taking gave you virtually no progesterone at all. All it did was aggravate your estrogen receptors. This explains all your adverse symptoms. I do not suggest going cold turkey either. One should wean off progesterone slowly. I highly recommend that you use a good organic cream such as Natpro which is a 3% cream and was formulated over 30 years ago. It should never be used once a day. Usually between 100-200mg per day is needed. Half the amount in the morning and the other half at night. Please read How to use Progesterone Cream and Estrogen Dominance.

Please make sure that your Vitamin D3 level is optimal as a deficiency reduces the benefits. It is also connected to every single functioning cell in our bodies making it vital.

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