My Daughter Needs Help

Mental Health

This post is in a question and answer format from a friend of the blog.

Q: My daughter started having mood problems around the age of 13 when her menstrual cycle started and then she was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Shortly after that she started to develop lots of thick facial and body hair. The only time my daughter has been symptom free is when she was pregnant.

My daughter has taken all types of medications. Do you think progesterone can help her?

A: Based on my personal experience, it sounds like your daughter has a progesterone deficiency.

The first indication is that her first symptoms appeared after her first period. Once your daughter’s period started, her estrogen production kicked into high gear. This estrogen must be properly balanced by progesterone because if it isn’t she will get terribly sick, physically, mentally and emotionally. In other words, she can develop bipolar disorder.

The second indication is her excessive hair growth. This is usually indicative of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). This syndrome causes excessive androgen production. This extra androgen causes excessive facial and body hair growth. Also, if your daughter has PCOS, this means she is not ovulating regularly and if she isn’t ovulating, her body isn’t making enough progesterone. Because it is after ovulation that the empty follicle sac (called the corpus luteum) makes progesterone.

The third indicator is that she did not have any symptoms when she was pregnant. This is further proof that her progesterone is low. During pregnancy, progesterone production switches from the corpus luetum which I mentioned earlier, to the placenta. Your daughter didn’t get any symptoms because her body was able to use the progesterone the was being supplied for her baby. The placenta makes up to 400 mg of progesterone a day during the last trimester.

Most premenopausal women make about 20 to 30 mg of progesterone day for the two weeks after ovulation. The progesterone made by your daughter’s ovaries during her normal menstrual cycle is not only for the potential embryo that may develop, but it is also needed to regulate her mental and physical health.

Here is a link to common symptoms that develop when progesterone is low. You don’t have to have all of the symptoms to have low progesterone, in fact, some people only have the mood symptoms of bipolar disorder.

If you suspect your daughter’s progesterone is low, I suggest that you link with a doctor who already knows the importance of hormone balance and one who knows the late Dr. Lee’s work and protocols. Here are more tips on finding a doctor, click here.

Everything you mentioned points to an imbalance between progesterone and estrogen.
Good luck to you!

Kindest regards,


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