Beaula

I am 50 and having erratic cycles for about 2 years plus occasional hot flushes etc. I had chemo 10 years ago which gave me a lot of hot flushes and my periods stopped but they returned 3 months after stopping chemo (and flushes stopped).

I have started applying Natpro 1tsp twice a day for about ten days now, to counteract some hot flushes & sleep problems but mainly for very tender boobs, fluid retention (abdomen) and a big dip in energy & mental clarity. My energy levels have improved but i still have v sore boobs and feel bloated. Is there an average length of time of dosing at this level before these remaining symptoms improve?
Thank you

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Oct 05, 2012
Beaula
by: Wray

Hi Beaula I'm so pleased your energy is improving, unfortunately I can't give a timeline. We all differ so much, some respond within 10 days, but in others it can take 3 to 6 months before all symptoms resolve. If you're using a 5ml teaspoon twice a day, it means you are getting about 330mg/day progesterone. I've found Hot Flushes normally require about 400mg/day, but again it depends on how severe they are, and what other symptoms need addressing. We do have two pages on breasts, Breast Tenderness and Breast Cysts. It could be you're short of iodine. Please try rubbing the cream directly on your breasts, that often helps. The fluid retention is caused by oestrogen, this is a good article here. If you had to have chemo, I imagine is must have been for Cancer. Please have a vitamin D test done, as low levels of this increase the risk of getting it. Progesterone and Vitamin D work synergistically, in fact low levels of vitamin D reduce the benefits of progesterone. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml (175-250nmol/L) and not the 30ng/ml (75nmol/L) most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although recent research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Many women have found by increasing their vitamin D levels, persistent symptoms have resolved, see here. Take care Wray

Oct 06, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Thank you Wray.
I have been applying it mainly to breasts & abdomen. I take a really good liquid vitamin D supplement every day and do lots of other things besides to keep me healthy - apricot kernels, specific supplements etc.
I am using a tube every week or so, so i do hope it doesn't take me 3 to 6 months. :)

Oct 06, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Sorry, i should add that i am hardly experiencing hot flushes at the moment but occasionally i feel a little over-heated at nights

Oct 08, 2012
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by: Wray

Hi Beaula A tube a week would mean you are getting about 285mg/day progesterone or possibly less, as you say "a tube every week or so". 10ml or 2tsp would mean a tube would last 6 days. But it's still a good amount. Pleased you're taking the vitamin D, please check the dose. A test should be done every 6 months or so if you're taking it. I'm glad the hot flushes have all but gone, you could increase the amount slightly to help further. As things seem to have improved after only 10 days of using progesterone, I feel it shouldn't be too long before the other things bothering you resolve too. Do let me know. Take care Wray

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