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What Are Some Low Progesterone Symptoms?

Low progesterone may cause some menopause symptoms like hot flashes.
Low progesterone levels may cause insomnia.
Sex drive may be reduced as a result of low progesterone levels.
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Progesterone is an important hormone that both men and women produce. Women rely more on progesterone, especially to do things like protect an ongoing pregnancy and to keep menstrual cycles regular. When women do not have enough of this hormone they may experience low progesterone symptoms, which can be extremely varied and affect many systems in the body.

Low progesterone symptoms can manifest as directly related to menstrual cycle, fertility and reproductive issues. Some common symptoms include irregularity of the menstrual cycle, strong cramps during menstruation, higher incidence of PMS, and greater presence of blood clots during periods. When progesterone levels are very low, infertility may occur because ovulation is not occurring. Another affected aspect can be sex drive or libido, which may be reduced.

These low progesterone symptoms aren’t always dangerous. A female body's production of progesterone naturally decreases 10 to 12 days after ovulation occurs, unless a woman becomes pregnant. This decrease triggers the start of menstruation and can lead to some of the normal symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle, like cramping and PMS. When periods are irregular, however, it may suggest greater imbalance of progesterone levels or other important hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle.

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It’s also valuable to understand that menopause causes reduction in progesterone and this may be responsible for certain menopausal symptoms like moods swings, hot flashes, decreased libido, and insomnia. Other low progesterone symptoms may affect women before and after menopause occurs. People may feel fatigue, have dry skin, experience insomnia, have depression, and be likely to put on weight.

Sometimes low progesterone symptoms can be more dangerous. Chronic depression or anxiety, for instance, could lead to risk to suicidal behavior. Low progesterone levels can create dysfunction of the thyroid gland, and most seriously, certain forms of cancer may be more likely, including uterine cancer.

Another possible set of symptoms associated with low progesterone are those affecting memory. People may experience memory loss or lack of mental acuity when levels of this hormone are well below normal. These symptoms may be directly related to lower thyroid hormone. If low progesterone causes hypothyroidism, this in turn can result in difficulty with memory and concentration. Alternately, both hormones aid in mental acuity and lack of both makes decline in mental sharpness more severe.

If you think you have low progesterone levels, you should see your doctor. Many women have a few of these symptoms but never check because their low progesterone symptoms are not too bothersome. Occasionally, slightly reduced levels of progesterone create small concern, but some women find help if they take additional progesterone hormone. There are some over the counter natural progesterone creams you can purchase, but if you really feel your body needs supplementation with this hormone, you should consult a doctor first.

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roxyfoxy02
Post 42

Does anyone have symptoms of heavy long periods due to low progesterone. Mine was at a 7 before I got on 300mg of progesterone. I am 30 and dealt with this since I was 10 years old. It’s been a long battle for me. Due to the severity of this we have not been able to conceive a child of our own. Without progesterone my period will last on the average four to six weeks with about a one or two week break and then back on again.

anon327590
Post 41

I have an autistic daughter who started having seizures last fall. The doctor prescribed a particular med and now her seizures have increased, so the doctor kept increasing the med and the seizures have increased as well.

I started seeing a pattern with her periods and ovulation with the seizures. Last night, I started looking at possible links and found out that increased estrogen and low progesterone can cause seizures. I then looked at symptoms of low progesterone and realized I've suffered from those symptoms for many decades.

Today, while researching the medicine, I found out that one of the side effects was increased FSH and LH, which increases estrogen to start ovulation. So that's why there could be this increase in the seizures with the meds.

I'm frustrated as to what to do now. I've had it for years. With mainstreamed medicine they only rely on pharmaceutical companies for treatment, and the natural alternatives which are usually more helpful are never promoted by them or covered by insurance. Something has to change in how insurance covers medical forms of treatment!

anon324668
Post 40

Turmeric helps with aches/pains/stiffness and makes the “getting old” feeling go away.

Vitamin B5 is great for adult acne, hair loss, rosacea, pcos, insulin resistance. Facial skin will look wonderful.

Calcium-d-glucarate: I lost 1” belly fat overnight!

Kirkman labs calcium-magnesium-vitamin D3 powder. Most calcium products are junk.

No synthroid. Nature-throid instead, totally rocks! The body does not recognize synthroid because it is synthetic and over time is gets resistant to it. Also synthroid contains no t3. You need t3 and t4. Nature-throid has both.

No synthetic bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Use natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy instead! Don’t be fooled! Progesterone and estriol are best in a cream form rather than pellets or troches (better dosage control). Never take estradiol -- estriol only!!

No BCPs for PCOS -- ever! BCPs are bad!

Try dim: -- Nature’s Way brand is good. Helps with estrogen dominance and belly fat.

Insulin resistance: Metformin is one prescription I believe in.

Insulin resistance: Do the paleo diet or modified atkins that incorporates good carbs from leafy greens.

Look into gluten free eating, but don’t fall for “gluten free” food products at your local grocer because they are full of other refined carbs that will still do you in.

Those of you with insomnia and sleep problems, stay away from melatonin. It has fallen out of favor with medical community, Dr. Oz and natural medical doctors, too. Instead, work on leaky gut syndrome by eating low carb, eat no grains (not even “healthy” whole grains). Try taking a good amino acid complex before bed. Look into getting a sleep study -- you may have secret sleep apnea. Did you ever have braces? Were teeth pulled/extracted? You probably have sleep apnea and don’t even know it!

Do you have silver fillings or crowns with mercury under them? Look into getting the replaced with mercury free dental work by a “biologic” dentist.

anon323089
Post 39

Thank you for sharing your problems and concerns. They have help me understand what I am facing and hopefully provided me with a starting point to heal my problems.

anon317918
Post 37

I went through four years of absolute hell to get the answer. Trust me: if you have similar symptoms, get a saliva hormone test done. If your doctor won't do it, save the money and buy it online. They send you the test, you mail it out and they get you the results.

I got a saliva hormone test done, and my progesterone level was a 9 -- almost gone -- and that's out of a possible 75-175. My estrogen was also a little low. However, due to the ratio I had estrogen dominance. I am 29, so yes, this can happen to you in your 20's!

The answer almost came a little too late for me. My symptoms began after I had a baby in 2007. I finally got diagnosed in 2012. The symptoms were: severe fatigue, mental fogginess, only had a menstrual cycle every three or four months, couldn't handle stress well. No doctor could tell me what was wrong.

In the third year of these irregularities, I began having severe anxiety and severe depression. My husband had me admitted to a psychiatric hospital due to his concern because I was very suicidal. Of course, they only offer you antidepressants and anxiety medicines, never getting to the root of your problem. Finally, someone told me about saliva hormone testing, I found an OB/GYN that offered it and went to him. My progesterone was almost non-existent.

I began treatment with a bio-identical progesterone cream and after a month of using it, I decreased my anti-depressant medicine down from 40mg per day to now only 5mg a day, and threw away the rest of the anxiety medicine. Thank God, I finally found the answer. I feel so happy now, about back to normal, and all those symptoms are pretty much gone!

It is so sad to think the medical field and regular doctors never help women. They just say yeah, a lot of women have irregular periods and depression/anxiety. Getting the hormone diagnosis and replacement may have very well saved my life. The credit goes to God, because he heard my prayers at my lowest hour.

Believe in yourself ladies, find an ob/gyn who offers saliva testing. Blood testing will do, but it is not as sensitive or as accurate. Never take synthetic hormones such as birth control. Bioidentical creams or pills are an exact replica of what the body makes, and this is the only way to heal the problem. Good luck to all, and God bless you.

anon314842
Post 36

It is always the same answer: "go see the doctor, ask the doctor." I do not think they are educated enough or do not want to be to help with balancing hormones. It seems that, at least with my experience, they are more interested in doing the surgery than recommend any over the counter progesterone creams, since the surgery gives them more money.

When I went to my female doctor, she checked my hormones (not on certain days), but my low progesterone did not bother her. She wanted to run more expensive and involved tests. I asked her if she planned to help me with my symptoms (which were all indicating low progesterone and explained by fibroid that I have). She just wanted more tests. Based on those, the only solutions on her list were different types of surgery.

I looked online and decided to just give natural progesterone cream a try. All of my problems are gone or almost gone. It would be very nice if any doctor could educate me on that and keep an eye on the level of my progesterone (which I do not even know since it was not checked properly), but I am doing the best I can.

Shame on you doctors. Educate yourselves to help people. That is your job! You are the ones who are supposed to educate women on all of our options, not chat blogs on internet.

By the way, I changed the doctor for a male and he is more open minded about progesterone cream, but let me experiment with the amount of it myself.

anon305153
Post 35

Update from anon303795, post 34: It has been less than two weeks since I wrote my original post, so I will update.

I started taking 1000 mg of calcium, 4,000 mg of vitamin D, 500 mg. of magnesium, one Indole Forte, and half an Iodoralm plus daily probiotics. I have to say, I immediately started feeling less body, muscle and bone pain! I sleep better also. Along with these vitamins, I still take my synthroid in the morning for my thyroid, one melatonin at night to help with sleep, and I also take one amitriptyline (20 mg antidepressant) at night. These, I have taken for a few years now. The vitamins are newly added and in higher doses, and I feel so much better!

I still have two other vitamins to start taking, which are methyl balance and ProEPA for my inherited MTHFR gene mutation, but I cannot start these until after I finish the radiation therapy for breast cancer. I have 3 more weeks. But I just want to stress to all reading this post to find yourself a good doctor who is willing to test all levels of everything in your body and go over each individually. Once you get results from that, you can find what supplements/vitamins/minerals your body needs and get the proper doses to help alleviate some of the pain and misery we woman deal with on a daily basis.

I also plan to start working on my hormonal imbalance with bioidentical hormones with this holistic doctor in a few weeks, again, once the breast cancer process is completed.

I'm sure once I get that balanced, I will feel even better! I'm still irritated that I have to pay for all this out of my pocket when I have worked for a major corporation for 28 years and paid into full medical benefits for that long. But again, insurance feels that traditional medicine is the answer for everyone, when in fact, I have full proof, based on the years of misery I have suffered, that it does not work for me and that if I just had one of the 15 different traditional doctors I visited, recommend to me to increase vitamins/supplements/hormones, and test me on these levels, I would not have suffered for years in pain and may not have had a lot of the surgeries/breast cancer, that I have had to battle!

anon303795
Post 34

I just recently found out that my progesterone did not even register on the chart, it was so low! I have been going to doctors (9 of them total) for 15 years to try and get help. I found I had low thyroid 16 years ago and went on Synthroid. I also had horrible periods since age 13 when I started. I was put on birth control at age 16 to help regulate my cycle and help with the cramps and clotting. I was on birth control, on and off, for about 20 years.

I managed to get pregnant with my first child very easily. I did not go back on birth control after and it took me five years to gget pregnant with my second child and I had to take fertility drugs (clomid). At age 40, I stopped all birth control because I was tired of feeling horrible almost my entire adult life. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a few years ago.

I am 48 years old now. I cannot remember when I last had a solid night of sleep, my body is in constant pain from head to toe and I have IBS. I have gained/lost up to 30-50 pounds over the years with dieting, but seem to always gain the weight back. I have had horrible brain fog and on some days I feel like a zombie just walking or driving the earth! It's been hell!

I had a hysterectomy five years ago because I had a cyst as big as a grapefruit on my ovary. I still have one ovary left. Last August, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I am currently going through radiation treatments for that. I did find my lump early on and it had not spread to the lymph nodes but I still had surgery to remove the tumor and now radiation. Chemo was not necessary since I caught it early on.

I recently found a female doctor who is more into the natural approach of treating the female body. She took nine tubes of blood from me and also had me collect my urine and bowel for 24 hours to send off for testing. I found out my estrogen is low and my testosterone did not even register, it was so low. I also found out that I am vitamin D deficient, calcium deficient, magnesium deficient, and that I have inherited a mutation gene from my parents for MTHFR, which is a lack of folate that can cause coronary heart disease/heart attack and stroke! She put me on a vitamin called Methyl Balance that she said I should stay on for life and said my sons should have blood work done to see if they have inherited the gene also.

I also found out that my T4 for thyroid is not producing T3, and you need both to balance your thyroid levels. I will work to balance my hormones later, after I finish my breast cancer treatment. I truly believe is what caused me to get breast cancer in the first place: I am estrogen positive, and I believe it caused the cyst that led me to hysterectomy. I also believe this is why I had difficulty getting pregnant with my second child and probably the cause many years ago of irregular and painful periods.

I have been to nine different doctors over the last 15 years and no other doctor has been able, nor has taken the time, to help me. I have about 15 different bottles of prescription drugs that were prescribed to me but I have taken hardly any of them, or I would try them and find the side effects were worse than the illness. Unfortunately, my insurance does not cover the holistic MD I found, I have worked for the same employer for 28 years paying for medical insurance, and when I finally found a doctor who could help me, they will not pay for her, or for all the vitamins she has prescribed for me. This is frustrating and does not make sense!

anon257370
Post 33

I had many of the symptoms everyone here has mentioned and can't finish my degree due to all of this. My symptoms began five years ago and I'm now 49.

At the insistence of my chiropractor, I sought help from a functional medicine DO. Has been a tremendous help. My progesterone is 17, and I have low thyroid and adrenals, plus I'm not absorbing vitamins and nutrients.

I began with 100mg of bio-identical progesterone from compounding pharmacy and over the past two years, I'm now up to 300 mg. Be aware though, that Prometrium brand is made with peanut oil so if you have an issue with that tell the doctor and get it from a compounding pharmacy. They can make it without peanut oil.

For mental fog/blurry vision, my doctor prescribed building up (can cause diarrhea if too fast) to 4,000 mgs vitamin C buffered powder in water first thing in the morning and it has worked wonders. Also the Calm brand magnesium has helped with sleep and anxiety. I started Armour thyroid 2 weeks ago and am feeling better already. My depression has lifted, thank God, as I was considering asking for an anti-depressant.

Also, my doctor recommended a gluten free diet which has made a huge difference as well with my stubborn weight gain since all this started. I also highly recommend the book “Core Balance” by Marcelle Pick. It explains all about hormones and what to do. She has a great website too! Hang in there ladies. You are not alone!

anon207598
Post 31

I don't know how active this site is, but I just wanted to share my thoughts. I stopped taking birth control and a lot of changes happened. For years I had severe anxiety. My periods vanished completely then came back irregular with heavy bleeding and a lot of clotting. I did not sleep well and my mind was always busy, busy. I was fatigued and had no sex drive. I was not me, not alive. I felt like I was just coasting from day to day struggling to get through.

Then I saw a holistic doctor as all traditional doctors wanted to do was put me back on the pill. This doctor was wonderful. She listened to everything I said and did an ultrasound and hormone test. My progesterone is low at 18L. The normal range, in case anyone in wondering for premenopausal women, is between 75 - 250L. My estradiol was also low at 1.2L. Normal should be 1.3 - 3.3 for a premenopausal women.

My doctor gave me bio-identical (natural) progesterone made at a compounding pharmacy just for me. I take 150mg at night which I am to reduce to 50mg at the onset of my period. It has only been two weeks, but already I feel a difference. My anxiety is so much better and I sleep better. My headaches are less frequent.

My period is still irregular but as I said, it has only been two weeks. I was told it can take four to six months for my period to regulate. Hang in there, girls. Keep with it. Sometimes the amounts have to be tweaked. I would definitely recommend it and see a naturopathic doctor.

amypollick
Post 30

@anon192317: The wild yam cream may work very well for you, but let me urge you to go to a doctor, preferably a female one. I say this because some of the symptoms you cite are also consistent with low thyroid levels, and only a blood test can determine if your levels are normal or not. Make sure they do a complete thyroid panel, including TSH, T3 and T4 levels.

A female doctor is more likely to listen to what's really going on with you, and may have better treatment options. Female docs are also generally more open to the idea of alternative medicine. Good luck.

anon192317
Post 29

I just have to say I love all you women for sharing this! I've found the answer. Searching around in the dark for years and doctors only prescribing antidepressants without really listening to what I was saying. I finally got so discouraged that I stopped going to doctors altogether.

I'm only 27, but have had irregular periods my whole life, and had severe post partum depression after my daughter was born. I've struggled to lose weight. I finally have lost 30 pounds, but not before my hair started thinning. I have mood swings, hot flashes, irregular periods. I've had lower back cramps for four days straight now, insomnia at night, with fatigue at strange times during the day, mental cloudiness, inability to focus or handle stress and small breasts (which apparently has something to do with low progesterone levels - they do not run in my family!)

Anyway, I'm wondering if it's even worth it to go see a doctor again or if I should just start on some wild yam progesterone cream and see what happens? Thank you so much for sharing!

anon181032
Post 28

At age 46, I had an abrupt onset of crazy symptoms. My facial skin was burning/tingling, random hot spots on my body, hair loss, gums tingled, mental fog, heart racing, joint pain and a relentless headache behind my right eye. Prior to this, I was a very healthy gal, in good shape, with four kids and a happy life.

I spent seven months going to rheumatologists, endocrinologist, dermatologists, etc. in NYC and all top in their fields. Nothing was turning up and the collective notion was that I was too stressed and this was causing the problems. Their solution was to take anti-anxiety meds which I refused to do. Ultimately, I took the holistic route and found a DO (doctor of osteopathy) who had me do the saliva testing. Sure enough, I am producing no progesterone and one of the three estrogens came in high. He started my on two nutritional supplements to lower the estrogen levels: Indole Forte and Calcium-D-Glucarate. The effect of these supp is to break up excess estrogen and clean toxins out of your system. It is the equivalent of eating a ton of cabbage or brussels sprouts. After being in agony for seven months, on the 14th day of taking the supplements the majority of my issues disappeared.

After two months of the supplements, I added a bioidentical progesterone capsule and the original symptoms crept back. I tried it three times with a two week break in between and sure enough the symptoms came back each time. So the doc had me stop as he felt my body was rejecting it and we had to respect the response. The doc then had me add one grain of Nature-Throid and I found my heart racing a little. I reduced to 3/4 grain and the heart issue went away.

Not sure if the Nature- Throid is doing anything as I feel no positive or negative responses but compared to the seven month nightmare, I feel great....not as good as I did before this happened...but overall very good. I still take the indole. calcium d-glucarate, Nature-Throid and added PB8 probiotic and astaxanthin (mercola). I encourage anyone with the onset of these crazy issues that blindside you to explore your area for a proven alternative medicine practitioner that has experience with hormonal imbalance. Adrenal fatigue and extreme hormonal imbalances are real issues and not in your head as many will tell you.

anon170079
Post 27

A hormonal imbalance is something I never even thought of until my naturopathic doctor suggested I take a saliva test to check my hormones. Sure enough, my progesterone levels are low.

I read up on all the symptoms, and was shocked at how many fit me. Migraines, cramps, irregular periods, anxiety, spotting between periods,low libido. I also thought either myself or my hubby were not fertile, due to not getting pregnant despite not using contraceptives for the last couple years. Now I am hopeful that these problems are all tied in to my low progesterone. I am so relieved just to gain an understanding of what is going on with my body, and to be able to work towards correcting it.

I have now been using progesterone cream for two months, and I'm already experiencing a difference. I had only one migraine this month instead of many, no cramps, less spotting, and a lighter flow. I highly recommend to have your hormones checked if any of these symptoms apply to you!

anon161144
Post 26

I have been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for years and have been treated with meds like prozac and paxil off and on. Anxiety is still a problem, especially around my period and ovulation. I also have been diagnosed with infertility due to endometriosis. I recently had the saliva tests done and my progesterone levels were very low. I now am on 50mg of bioidentical progesterone. This is my first month and my anxiety has gotten worse!

I am just wondering if after a few months on the progesterone will things get better? I am really worried and stressed every day if I am going to wake up with anxiety. I feel like it has taken over my life.

anon160626
Post 25

I was just tested. My progesterone level was .5! I have had anxiety issues for months. I also have severe insomnia. I felt nonhuman. I am angry all the time.

My poor husband has been fantastic, but I feel miserable. I am on zoloft, xanax and restoril until my hormone replacement arrives this week. I am only 42 years old. I have had this issue for years. I am so tired of being told I am too young for this. Why aren't more doctors and people talking about this?

anon159580
Post 24

I would suggest as already mentioned, to seek out a doctor who does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. It is all natural and much better for our bodies. This really makes a difference for all of those mentioned side effects of low progesterone. I am on 50mg for the very first time, so am already feeling a little better, however, will be able to tell after a few more months. Thanks

anon155786
Post 23

all of these women have some of the same symptoms I had and several more. Severe headaches at times, amenorrhea, overwhelming fatigue, thinning of my skin, horrible panic attacks, low back pain, urinating frequently, malaise, respiratory infections that recurred over and over for no reason.

I researched it extensively, as no doctor was helping at all. I started on progesterone cream, natural progesterone only. Large dosing initially to combat the dominance of the estrogen. I used 200mg daily to start and within days the symptoms subsided. Now on daily lower doses. everyone is different but it was a miracle for me.

anon147278
Post 22

I just found out my progesterone level is low after TTC for 14 mos. I had to push doc for a test. It is a 5.4, what is a normal level? I too, notice my hair has been thinning and I have complained to the doc several times about heavy, clotty periods.

anon146943
Post 21

Waited to raise my son, finish my education and finally for my second - now good marriage - and bam! Now I am told I am in menopause!

Started my own research and using progesterone capsules and cream - trying to have this planned baby. No, traditional male docs just aren't following through here. You've got to do your own legwork and pray!

Whether wanting to deal with the menopause or try to reverse the bioclock, I recommend the hormone cream at least. Good luck out there!

anon143508
Post 20

I get severe headaches, body chills, severe cramping, fatigue and heavy bleeding before my period starts and during as well. My gyno tested and said that my progesterone is low, but the pills are not working. I had a miscarriage because of this hormone issue.

anon138611
Post 19

I have been on natural progesterone that is made specifically for me at a compounding pharmacy for the last five years. I was diagnosed through saliva testing, which is more specific than blood.

I had the symptoms mentioned by others. Severe bad moods, period slightly erratic, severe headaches caused by both migraines and at other times by tension, exhaustion, no libido, and hair falling out.

But the worst was my racing mind. I could not shut it off. I didn't sleep well and during the day it was so bad that it was hard to concentrate and that made me even more tired. The progesterone was amazing. It took a while to fully work. (Maybe six to seven months in all) But it did work. The libido never did get very high but was there.

I am noticing now, though, that some of the symptoms are returning, so I will work on adjusting my amount of progesterone used each night until I get it right again. I am 42 and know that I have been going through perimenopause (blood test showed it) for the last two years so I'm sure I just need an increase.

Hope this helps anyone who is going through the hell that this causes. It's hard to feel like a decent wife and mom when you have to deal with this.

anon130941
Post 18

I never thought anything of my symptoms of anxiety, low libido, poor memory ever being related until my doctor sent me for tests because I wasn't getting pregnant. Now that I have an idea of what's going on I feel a lot better about it. Hope there is a solution to this though.

anon124739
Post 17

I definitely have pmdd. I have not had a period in over three months. I am 43 years old and i feel like i have no life. I can't sleep and when i finally fall asleep i have a difficult time waking up.

I have bloating, severe indigestion, constipation, and have not had sex in too long. I have had abdominal pain a while back, but still have pain at certain times of the month. my doctor ordered blood work for hormone levels, and thyroid. I have extremely low, practically nonexistent progesterone levels, very low testerone if any. Not to mention estrogen is low. It's not even on the chart. It falls in between a black hole and not quite menopause.

I have tried hrt, however, i developed a cyst in my breast over a seven week treatment due to hrt, so i stopped taking any hormone replacement medication.

i have taken all of the other recommended herbal meds, however still no improvement. i have done tons of research and i am a registered nurse but i can't find any solutions, not even one. please help.

anon122807
Post 15

I have had some hormone issues and I have been seeing a naturopath doctor for help and the greatest treatment for me has been the wild yam cream. It has natural progesterone and it has helped me get pregnant if you are ttc. I would recommend seeing someone to put in balance the whole body, not just the symptoms. you won't regret it.

anon113747
Post 14

I have been in perimenopause for a couple of years.I am currently on hormones,and antidepressants and still not doing much better. Depression, fatigue, memory, concentration loss insomnia and severe bloating, heartburn and digestive problems have taken over my life. I am considering trying Amberen, a natural hormone I read about on the internet.

I have suffered from chronic depression and anxiety for many years and going through perimenopause doesn't help any. I have had all kinds of tests done and tried all kinds of meds, even herbal stuff and nothing seems to help.

Please post if you have any suggestions for me! Thanks.

anon113094
Post 13

wow. i haven't felt myself for a while now. i have two children and a year ago i stopped taking my pill. i didn't get pregnant and my partner and i went to a fertility specialist who sent us away to get tested.

i thought it was my partner with the problem but the results came back saying my progesterone levels were lower than a male's levels.

my hair is always falling out, i have low energy levels, low libido, major mood swings and I'm not even ovulating! Guess the next step is some medication to get me back on track! Hang in there girls!

anon112592
Post 12

i am also having same problems - depression,mood swings,loss of hair,weight gain. In my case I have developed dermoid and endometrium thickness, PCOD. Even after consulting two or three doctors and taking medicines for one year, things did not improve. Now I have switched to homeopathy and is finding some improvement. As it's just one month since I started taking medicines, I am hoping for some positive results.

anon99235
Post 11

My first pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage. The doctor monitored my levels with second pregnancy to keep from miscarrying. I also had to take the progesterone with my third pregnancy because levels were actually lower than the doctor wanted.

I now have diabetes and hypothyroidism and after reading the above info I am wondering if my progesterone has something to do with those two health issues.

I have issues that really bring me to a conclusion of PMDD. I am going to make an appointment with my doctor to see if the progesterone has anything to do with my diabetes and hypothyroidism as well as needing to find some help with the symptoms that coincide with PMDD as they are ruining my life!

anon90685
Post 10

Same case with me. i used to have so much tension and I always had bad moods. I have started taking medicines since last week but still i don't feel much change.

anon88686
Post 9

I am in the process of being testing for low hormone levels and thyroid dysfunction because, quite tragically, I've lost at least half of my hair in one month! I'm only 32 and feel like I'm having a nightmare!

I tell myself things could be much worse, but dealing with hair drastically, severely, suddenly falling out everywhere is emotionally exhausting. Has anyone else had this? What do I do?

anon80151
Post 8

I had all these symptoms of depression: panic attacks, hot flashes, insomnia, fuzzy thinking, and I was tired of seeing doctors and them not helping me with my problems.

So they recommended to me this female doctor and she tested my levels of progesterone and i was very low, so now she is treating me my progesterone. I feel a little better now. I have been treated for three months now but I know this medication is going to help me.

anon73385
Post 7

Because male doctors are often not attuned to female symptoms or concerns. The best help might come from a specialist in bioidentical hormones.

I went to a female specialist who knows exactly the issues women face in menopause and has reversed these to good results with both men and women.

Seek beyond the standard help and you will get better, healthier results. Often the conservative male doctor just wants to put you on depression meds and chemical manufactured hormones. Don't do it!

anon68561
Post 6

I stopped taking the pill so we could get pregnant and it threw my body off and my periods are not regular, so my doctor did a blood test and said my progesterone levels are very low! Yea! Finally I have a answer. I have a lot of these symptoms and can't wait to feel normal again!

anon65944
Post 5

Women who have low levels of progesterone often have infertility problems and when they do conceive, they are at a higher risk for miscarriage. You may have low progesterone levels if you have any of these symptoms.

anon57165
Post 4

We finally tested my levels. I barely produce progesterone. Depression, practically no libido, metabolic basal rate that is lower than normal, hair loss (scalp and eyebrows), mental fog.

We started me on natural supplements (pig hormone). Much better when I do this combined with a candida free diet. But it's hard work! Not for the undisciplined.

anon53596
Post 2

Low progesterone symptoms fit me also. Hot flashes and dry skin, not that much, but depression, certainly. I've never mentioned this issue to my doctor. I think it's time to do something. At least my depression decreases during the last three days.

yntern
Post 1

Wow - those low progesterone symptoms fit me to a T. I've mentioned my concerns to my doctor in the past, but he's never suggested a hormonal issue. We did do an ultrasound for PCOD, which turned up negative. I wonder why he wouldn't think of this first.

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