Do I need progesterone?

T2013September 2, 2013

I'm in perimenopause and I have been suffering from all kinds of different symptoms for about 4 years now. It's a very frustrating journey as all my tests appear to come out "normal" although my doctor agrees that hormones can fluctuate so wildly you can't look at just one blood test. I am SO tired of being utterly exhausted almost lethargic like I have the flu but I don't. I don't sleep well but even if I do it doesn't feel like it. I have small children at home and do NOT have time to indulge in naps or much rest during the day (I had my last child at age 39 I'm almost 43 now).

I've done tons and tons of online research and I personally think I need progesterone. I have friends who take it and say it did wonders for them. From what I've read, most women once they hit around 40 could benefit from natural progesterone.

I went to the Dr. the other day and he tested my hormones again. My results came through so I have seen them so I'm waiting for his call this week. If any of you understand these kinds of things I'd like to know what you think. My thyroid is great. It's been tested 3 times in the last year and the numbers have remained consistent. My estradiol is 222 pg/ml and my progesterone is 5.8 ng/ml (this is day 20 of my cycle).

In a new book I'm reading it says that progesterone levels are best between 10-20 ng/ml.

Anyone with experience in this? If my doctor calls and says my levels are normal I'm going to scream. SOMETHING is wrong. I feel like crap most days although I'll have random days where I feel terrific but it never lasts. I am within a normal weight and healthy. I am not on any prescription meds, I do not smoke or drink and live a fairly active life with 5 kids. I have to get to the bottom of this.

I also have some manageable anxiety that seems to come and go among my list of symptoms.

Thanks for any help in advance!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Annie.R

My experience with a sick husband has been that doctors are too quick to treat according to tests and not symptoms. Thyroid has become a big issue, because a lot of people seem to be suffering from several hypothyroid symptoms but their tests are "normal," so they go on suffering. I would suggest finding a naturopath or an osteopath who will take the time to talk with you and treat you based on symptoms, and not just reach for the nearest prescription pad.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 1:39PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
spotting after menopause
Hi, 53 1/2 yrs old, started spotting this week. Had...
clyo
Need to hear from woman past meno
Hello Everyone, I am 58 and had my lat period at 52...
garule
Does anyone peri have this weird head feeling?
I am 44. I have the regular peri symptoms; hot flashes,...
javabean1
Hydration cubes
Has anyone tried the Bezwecken hydration cubes that...
texasone
Cramping, but no periods
I'm just wondering if this is a common part of entering...
dee_can1
Sponsored Products
Homelegance Archstone 3 Piece 48 Inch Dining Room Set w/ White Chairs
Beyond Stores
Soft-tex Any Position Pillow - 62712
$29.99 | Hayneedle
Modern Chevron Rug 8' x 11' - GREEN
$799.00 | Horchow
Robin Quilt Set
$94.99 | zulily
Deluna Loveseat - Key Largo Pumice Beige
Joybird Furniture
Giraffe Spice 18-Inch Square Pillow
$43.99 | Bellacor
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™