PMS and Low Progesterone
I just listened to your talk on Joyfully Pregnant Telesummit which I found very interesting. I love the science end of this topic. I am extremely interested in having the saliva test done. I am 36, have had PMS and severe menstrual cramps as long as I can remember. I took a saliva test for progesterone a few years ago which came back very low. When I took it to my OB they laughed at me. Big surprise.
Anyway, I just got married and would like to start a family. I could do without the PMS on a monthly basis as well. It seems that on day 14 a black cloud starts following me and I am very depressed until the end of the cycle. I started taking Vitex two months ago in hopes of improving my progesterone levels.
I eat very well, and have also recently started to cut out gluten. My brother has a gluten sensitivity so I figured it can't hurt. I also drink nettle, red clover, and oat straw infusion daily and take cod liver oil and fish oil every day too.
I would love to hear your thoughts about which tests I would need to do and where I can order them. In addition, any other advice you have for me regarding a successful conception and no more PMS!
I also want to add that I am a prenatal genetic counselor so your comments about the new field of epigenetics during your talk was exciting!
Thank you so much for your generosity with your time,