Weight gain and delayed period
Hello Wray. I have read your FAQs extensively and I understand about Estrogen dominance, and the estrogen receptors being activated once starting on progesterone. However, I am about to pull my hair out over weight gain now after 7 months on the cream, using from 150 mg to 200, from days 15-27 of my cycle.
I am 47, and was starting to experience a few peri meno symptoms, including hot flashes and lethargy, as well as my periods coming up to a week early. I had always been quite regular.
I did have 3 miscarriages in the 80s, which turned out to be low progesterone. Once I was given progesterone supplentation through injections, I was able to carry my two children.
So, I started on progesterone last Feb, and within a couple weeks I had gained 4 lbs. I have kept my weight stable for my entire life. I eat no sugar (other than natural), and tons of veggies and fruits, healthy fats, protein, healthy carbs...
Within two months my weight was up 9 lbs. This is huge on me and I have been able to wear nothing but sweat pants and baggy clothes now for months.
In addition, almost immediately, the cream regulated my cycle and I was on time for four months! It was great. Well, now the last 3 I have been 3-4 days late, and now I am 8 days late with no signs of period starting.
I am fearful of going even higher with the cream, as how do I know that it is not building up in my body? I read so much about that... and maybe I have too much?
I am struggling so hard and feel like I am dieting every day, just to maintain my 9 lb gain. I exercise and weight-lift like I always have, and have now cut down so much on my eating and still can't lose and it is a struggle not to gain further.
I also have had what I consider quite severe muscle soreness out of the blue. The only thing that takes away the throbbing and achy feeling is a heating pad on my thighs and then I move it to my calves.
Could this be related?
Oh, and I did start taking 5,000 iu of vitamin D last Feb as well. Three months later my number was 51, so I reduced to 2,000 a day and hoped to maintain if not raise a little bit. Now I just had it tested 3 months again and it is 35. So I am going back to 5,000 iu daily and will test again in a year.
I really am so torn. I know you will probably recommend I go even higher in cream, but I fear I have too much now, and am having a hard time finding a doctor who will do saliva tests.
Thanks for any help, and I love your cream. Is it okay to order in the summer here in Tucson? Even now in Sept, it is over 100...and it sits in the box a few hours.
Thanks so much, and I love your site. I spend hours and hours here!