Characterised by muscular weakness; exhaustion; confusion; procrastination; lethargy; excessive yawning; lack of libido; shortness of breath and joint pains. Some or all of these symptoms can be experienced after a stressful situation, either an emotional trauma, after an illness, after giving birth, when it is termed post natal depression, and during the five to ten years preceding menopause. Many people have benefited from using progesterone for chronic fatigue. As our stress hormones are made in the adrenal glands from progesterone, a lack of progesterone during these times could lead to the above problems manifesting themselves. Unfortunately many women now experience adrenal exhaustion, particularly in their mid thirties, so their adrenals are incapable of making enough progesterone to counter the stress: a vicious circle.