Category: Jean (O)
Some of you might remember from the earlier discussion board, that I have been taking bioidentical progesterone sublingual tablets for about 7 years. Since I was 14, I suffered from horrible PMS and even worse menstrual cycles. I had very short cycles (17 - 21 days) which consisted of at least 7 days of very heavy bleeding.
I was an extremely active teenager, played on every sports team, worked 2 jobs and continued with a mid 90's average. I was an over achieving teenager who really liked the high adrenaline lifestyle.
I had pretty decent PMS during my 20's, but because I was not married and worked and went to school all the time, I didn't really have any time to sit and take my moods out on anyone. I got married when I turned 30 and within the year had my first son. PMS and crappy cycles roared through my life. I would think about divorcing my husband every month and quite literally have to refrain myself from firing everybody in my clothing factory and my customers and yelling at my son.
Once I stopped breastfeeding, it took an additional 6 months for my cycles to start again and the PMS grew to the point where I literally would lock myself in my office doing accounting so I would not bite heads off. 2 years after the birth of my first son, my husband and I decided to get pregnant again. Nothing happened. I went to the ob/gyn who decided to put me on chlomid which is a drug that makes your ovaries produce eggs. I produced eggs and went on to have 6 pregnancies that all ended in miscarriage after 6-8 weeks. I did some research and thought I may have had a progesterone deficiency and explained it to the ob/gyn. He ignored my thoughts.
I then went to see a very compassionate Naturopath who put me on a detox diet (very close to the O diet) and magnesium and Vit B supplements. After about 4 months, he suggested a vacation and and dose of Chinese Women's tea (which contains progesterone). After 2 weeks at Club Med, a few bottles of wine, some great food and lots of tennis, we returned home pregnant with our second son. Needless to say this pregnancy stuck!!!
When I finished breastfeeding after 14 months, my PMS symptoms returned, but I also started crying and became pretty brittle. I went back to the Ob/Gyn who then told me all about bioidentical progesterone (just think!!!). (One couldn't get progesterone in Canada without a prescription at that time)
He warned me it would take about 1 year until I would normalize. It took me about 2 years as my levels of estrogen were so high, they were in the areas that cause cancer. So now I sit 7 years later, happy, contended and few or no PMS symptoms. (More tomorrow on Estrogen Dominance)