First of all, I'm in kind of a different boat than you, as I'm perimenopausal, and I'm not well versed in this hormone business, but I've read that estrogen overload can wreak the same havoc as progesterone deficiency. I was having lots of hormonal problems - terrible PMS, pain and bloating from mid-cycle until my period, irregular, periods, mood swings, etc. I went to my doc and he felt that surpressing ovulation via low-dose birth control pills would help me. Oh my gosh - my symptoms skyrocketed....heart palpitations, anxiety, bad dreams, sleep disturbances, night sweats. I started reading up a bit on Dr. Lee's website and discovered that progesterone deficiency tends to be more of a problem with people my age than estrogen deficiency, and I'm sure the extra estrogen from the Lo-Estradiol is what caused all of the added symptoms. I ordered a natural cream from Vitacost, which is recommended on his website, called Progesta. I am a great skeptic about about "natural remedy" claims and am very cautious about applying such. I have NOT had my hormone levels tested by my ob-gyn, because he's in Detroit and I haven't been down to see him in over a year, but I'd read enough to know that trying the progesterone cream was not going to be harmful. I felt it was worth a shot. You apply one pumpful once a day to areas of your body with thin skin, and use it three weeks out of four. Amazingly, the day I finished the third week, my period started. I was surprised to see its arrival, because I'd had NO PMS. Once in a while I'll get out of the habit of applying it, and all of the old symptoms return, so I KNOW this isn't just in my head!
Julie R - Ludington, Michigan
Duodenal Switch 08/09/06 - Dr. Paul Kemmeter, Grand Rapids, Michigan
HW: 282 - 5'4"