So I'm a pretty senior member on this board... sometimes things worked, then it stopped working. I've yo-yo'd within 30-40lbs for the past 15 years, never below 160lbs.
The past year has been even more nightmarish than any previous year with PCOS. My mood went sour, I lost ALL libido, I felt enraged all the time, and I gained 35lbs within 8 months while exercising and eating low carb (how how HOW????!!!!!!!). I also developed anxiety and scary panicky feelings. I could hardly handle the tiniest bit of stress. My energy was at an all time low, and just thinking about taking a walk to get exercise seems impossible because my body just doesn't have the strength to do it. I spent over $2k this year just seeing doctors, trying different prescriptions, and even tried a personal coach, thinking I was in a funk and it was my fault?!
Then 4 days ago I started using progesterone cream.
My pants are looser in the belly. I'm happy. I'm upbeat. I no longer feel stressed. I'm sleeping like a log and feeling refreshed in the morning. Every fiber in every muscle in my body is teeming with energy, and I am strong.
All this from some over-the-counter wild yam cream?? It's not a placebo effect because I've tried everything in the past 2 years, and nothing made such a drastic difference such as this. I felt it 20 minutes after I put the cream on the first night. The change was so immediate that I went to bed and felt my body just melt into the sheets as I drifted off.
Doing some internet research, it seems low progesterone can allow cortisol to wreak havoc (I think they both control each other). Is it possible I was a walking cortisol factory??!! That seems to make the most sense from the drastic change I've experienced.
Anyway, I'm having the best week I've had in years and feel like my old self! Hopefully this will help with my weight loss efforts and bring about my period again.