I'm having issues with bioidentical progesterone. I was diagnosed with estrogen dominance, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, MCS, multiple food allergies, psoriasis, etc. I am feeling much better these days but am having trouble figuring out my dosing for the progesterone.
I've been doing 10 mg CD 1-10, 30 mg CD 11-? for about 5 months in divided doses. I recently noticed that I was having symptoms of estrogen dominance again (night waking, hypoglycemia, constipation, night sweats, bloating, edema) and I read that sometimes when you take too much progesterone, the excess can convert to estrogen or to cortisol. So I tried not doing it for a day and no bloating, no edema, slept great, no waking, less hypoglycemia, less sinus congestion. But the downside is that the brain fog comes back that tells me I'm not getting enough cortisol. I also get hypothyroid again, with cold hands and feet, dry eyes, sinus congestion, fatigue from the lack of cortisol to get the thyroid hormones moving.
I'm doing CLO, ashwaghanda, 4000 mg Vit C, chromium picolinate, and a homeopathic for the adrenals already. And iodine, selenium, iron, zinc for my thyroid.
I'm not sure what to do. With all my gut issues, it's better for me not to be constipated or bloated.
Have you gotten a full panel for iron testing (TIBC, UIBC, ferritin, transferrin, hemogloin, Hemocrit, CBC, Serum Iron & Zinc Protoporphyrin(ZPP))? Too much or too little can REALLY screw up your thyroid, adrenals etc...
Also, progesterone (like estrogen) gets stored in fatty tissue....maybe you've stored enough for the time being???
Hi,I took progesterone and it is great for the thyroid and gave me energy, but I had other problems with it.When you first take it, it stimulates all your hormones. My testosterone levels were already high so my hair started falling out among other things.What might be happening is that it might be stimulating your thyroid too much.I know for a fact that if you take too much it will cause problems. I would back off of it, maybe take half of what your doing.You dont want to stimulate estrogen, at least I dont because my mom had breast cancer.I was a heavy bleeder, and that is due to too much estrogen. I took a natural product called dim that reduced that estrogen.It took two months.However, there is another approach you could consider.Supporting adrenals and doing a clean up can go a long way to balancing out your hormones.If you have food allergies, you need to clean out your gut because that by itself can produce alot of toxins. I use psyllium, betonite clay, and glutamine.Use glutamine at a diffrent time of day,because the fiber and clay will absorb it.Glutamine cleans up the small intestine, that is where you absorb nutrients.I would add some digestive enzymes and some probiotics.70 percent of your neurotransmitters are in your gut,this should clear the fog.To support adrenals and raise cortisol you can take cordacepts, B5 . vitamin c, there are other herbals that raise cortisol.DHEA is good for low cortisol, although I dont feel comfortable with that one.This is less invasive than taking progesterone.I would just take a good multi vitamin with minerals and trace minerals.Add extra B5 and c to it for extra support for adrenals you can also add extra selenium, zinc plus Iodine and just take it all at once. But seperate from Betonite clay and psyllium.Follow directions for Psyllium, drink alot of water,psyllium is just fiber, but if you take too much it can cause a blockage.It takes 6 months to heal adrenals.Dont let blood Sugar drop. eat small frequent meals.Its work, but it is worth it, and it will prevent other problems in the future.YOu might find that your thyroid works after clean up and support to adrenals.A good multi vitamin should dissolve in a warm glass of water in 30 minuts. If it doesnt , its no good. All of this information is advice I saw on one website that came from a compounding pharmacist and I took to it because I dont like hormones for reasons i want get into here,but I thought this was a good non invasive way to balance out hormones. Hope this helps and best of luck
I am doing most of what you said except the psyllium to which I'm sensitive, it makes me achy and tired. I do eat a very clean whole foods diet with tons of fiber. I eliminated the progesterone before my period and reduced my dose after ovulation to 10 mg. in the AM only and it has helped a ton. I still have the brain fog but sleep and energy are good. I'll take that! Maybe the brain fog is b/c my body is still detoxing, who knows! I think it was converting to estrogen and cortisol which were waking me up in the middle of the night ravenous.