Should I drastically increase my progesterone cream dose?
I've been trying to work with natural progesterone cream for several years, with really little change... and the last 6 months I decided to really devote myself to using it 2x a day, days 12-26... while at the same time a plant-based (vegan) diet, no alcohol, only 1 coffee a day, very little sugar (try to use stevia whenever possible), I only eat organic food, drink filtered water, basically, I am doing everything right!
So you can imagine how frustrated I am that I am living this perfect healthy life- complete with daily exercise, vitamin D supplement (10,000 iu) and I eat about 1400-1600 calories a day. I am 5'7 and my ideal weight is 130-135 lbs. Last year at this time I weighed 140 lbs. Now? I have gained 25 lbs in last year. I constantly feel bloated, moody, breaking out, face is bloated and round, I have a lot of anxiety and tension (which has exacerbated my TMJ condition), fall asleep easily but sleep lightly, waking several times a night, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, feelings of panic. PMS- which I've never had in my life. Painful periods and cramping. Periods are regular but vary in flow- this month was very light and erratic- last month was heavy...
So, from everything I read here I basically am seeing that I am experiencing endless oestrogen dominance. (ratio of Pg/E2 was 12.01 (expected range was 200-600) - I have a saliva test from a few years ago that indicates this, as well as low DHEA level and suboptimal diurnal cortisol pattern consistent with evolving adrenal fatigue (hypoadrenia, adrenopause).
So, basically all signs point to the fact that I have been using far too little progesterone cream (I have been using 2-3 pea sized amounts 2x a day)
Given what I've read here, it seems like I should just drastically increase my progesterone dose? Like how much- 400? Clearly I've been using about 40-60 a day and this is far too little- and in trying to be consistent and use daily, all I've done is create even more symptoms of oestrogen dominance?
Help! I am so frustrated and tired of feeling lousy... all of my joints ache, I am only 42 and feel like a 90 year old woman. I don't even recognize myself in the mirror anymore- I only see a fat, bloated woman. I used to be good looking and even pretty- and I was a good weight, felt confident, etc... now I wear stretch pants every day and feel like a bloated whale who is totally uncomfortable 24/7.
I just want to feel better. I'm a single Mom and have a 10 year old son- it breaks my heart every day when he asks me, cautiously- "mom, do you feel good enough to do something with me today?"