I took 5 HTP to kick the blues. The 50mg dose left me wired and unable to sleep. It also acted as an aphrodisiac (which made me giggle a lot).
I don’t want to take this everyday. I just want a weekly boost. However, I read that while 5 HTP raises serotonin levels (happiness levels), the increase in serotonin naturally leads to an increase in cortisol.
Correct me if I’m wrong but from my understanding the body uses progesterone to make cortisol. Cortisol is not good for balanced fertile hormones! So when dealing with infertility depression, I think this might be counter-productive if I was to take it everyday.
The crazy thing is that 5 HTP was recommended in The Fertility Diet (the book) but the author failed to mention the cortisol connection. I don’t like the book. It’s repetitive and quite basic.
I really don’t want to be put on real antidepressants and maybe it’s just that I need to make more time for light exercise.
Either way – I’m done with misery. I’m kicking its ass out of the door.