" I want to figure out why my body is not producing enough progesterone."
Yes, so do I. Except for the simple fact if no ovulation there is probably other environmental circumstances. Here a snippet of info that I find interesting.
"stress drops progesterone levels sharply, so symptoms can come back which puzzles many. Increase the amount used over any stressful time. Large meals also drop progesterone levels, due to an increased clearance rate of the hormone. ( strange but actually I was worse after meals, maybe thats why my appetite was shut off?)
I know that vitamin D is necessary for the production of progesterone."When there is a magnesium deficiency, you can also get calcifications. Calcifications are simply deposits of calcium. They typically appear in strange places like on the heart valve, or microcalcifications in the breast. The microcalcifications in the breast are typically seen in a mammogram. When a radiologist sees a microcalification in the breast, it may or may not be associated with breast cancer. As a physician, the next step is to biopsy the area of microcalcification to find out if it is indeed breast cancer. In my opinion, it is not the Breast Cancer that is causing the microcalcification. What is causing Breast Cancer is the Environmental Estrogens. The environmental estrogens are also causing the Estrogen Dominance. The Estrogen Dominance is causing the magnesium deficiency. And the magnesium deficiency is causing the calcium to deposit in microcalcifications in the breast.
(I find this info / these hard to comprehend, but yes, the magnesium deficiency symptoms came back, even if I take it daily in different forms)
Still working on my fit dosage, the "build up" may be another distraction from truth, who is taking the test and what do they know really;
"Women using supplemental progesterone, particularly topical, are often told that their progesterone levels are far too high. This is usually the case if a saliva test has been taken.
However this is no cause for alarm. The main concern is whether or not all symptoms of oestrogen excess have gone. If so, then the amount of progesterone used can be reduced until the optimum is found.
It is the fluctuating progesterone levels, together with the rise and fall of oestrogen, that result in changes of mood, sleep patterns, cravings/appetite, PMS etc.
It is the ratio between these two hormones which causes problems. If there is too much oestrogen in relation to progesterone then all hell can break loose!
To find the ratio divide the progesterone result by the oestrogen result. But make sure the unit of measurement is the same. Often progesterone is measured in ng/ml and oestrogen in pg/ml. If this is the case divide the oestrogen result by 1000 to convert it to ng.
And the thyroid of course; "Blood samples collected from 29 women (aged between 19 and 35 years) during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (between days 18 and 23 of the cycle) showed that deficiency in thyroid hormone level is related to a decrease in progesterone (P4) secretion." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9846161