Weight gain on Vit D and Insomnia with progesterone
Wray, I had my vit d tested last year and it was 16 ng/ml. I had the saliva test done for progesterone and estradiol and they were both low, but progesterone was way low compared to estradiol. I started taking 5000IU of Vit D a day and I tried progesterone in cocount oil thinking this was good because it didn't have estrogenic additives.
I continued with the Vitamin D, but I didn't last with the progesterone oil because the first night I took it, I was wired and could not fall asleep. I have sleep problems waking between 3-4 am and cannot fall back to sleep, but I usually can fall asleep okay when I first go to sleep. So the progesterone oil was not helping my problem. After finding your sight, which is such a blessing, I realize my problem is oestorgen dominance and I am going to try 100-200mg. I am going to try the coconut oil first since I have it and then your product Natpro. It seems like a great all natural cream with no preservatives or estrogenic herbs, etc. After about 6 months I had my Vit D level test agin and it was 40 ng/ml, but I had weight gain from it so I have stopped or lowered to 400mg per day. I have not lost the weight but have definately stopped the weight gain. My mother had this same side effect with the Vit D. It helped her pain, but we are both experiencing weight gain taking the vit D in such large quantity. Interesting enough, I also had the same weight gain reaction with 50mg of Idoral Iodine per day, which I tried a couple of years ago.
Once I start the progesterone therapy, do you think these side effects with the Vit D and Iodine will go away? Is it normal for the weight gain with Vit D with low progesterone levels? Thank you so much Wray.
I have tried so many things the past 7 years when things started changing (i.e. I see now that my progesterone started dropping when I was about 38 yrs old), and nothing has seemed to work to any great degree. I had a paraguard copper IUD (not the hormone one) for about 5yrs and it is just as bad as the pill as far as causing oestorgen dominance. I have been working with an alternative doctor to balance my minerals like copper/zinc (he says when copper is high estrogen follows and progesterone follows zinc), cal/mag, sodium/potassium, thru hair mineral analysis, but have had limited results. Several years ago, when I first started the hair tissue mineral analysis my copper reading was off the chart and my zinc was normal, but I was diagnosed with copper toxicity because the ratio of copper was high compared to zinc. I have since brought my copper down, but I still have my symptoms. I supposedly still have copper stored in my tissues. I am nervous in trying 100-200mg of progesterone, but I can't shake the feeling in my gut, that this may really help my sleepless nights, weight gain, frequent urination, hair loss, low libedo, spaciness and withdrawal, depression, etc. when so many other things that I have tried have not. I will be to day 12 of my cycle in a couple of days so that is when I am going to start the 100-200mg progesterone therapy. I probably will start with 100mg twice a day for a total of 200mg per day. I hope I won't be up all night for too many nites in the beginning as my body stabalizes with the progesterone. Thanks for any advice or comments that you can give Wray.