Can progesterone therapy impact a woman's milk supply?

by Anon

My ND has me on 1 tsp (80 mg) natural progesterone cream during the second half of my cycle due to estrogen dominance and adrenal insufficiency. She has me in several nutritional supplememts, and I have recovered from candida overgrowth and leaky gut.

Based upon your research, and my present symptoms (breakthrough bleeding, acne, water retention, anxiety, irritablity, insomnia), I suspect that I need to increase the progesterone cream. However, I am hesitant because I am breastfeeding... Do you in know if the 100-200 mg dose will negatively affect my milk supply?

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Nov 17, 2013
Update:
by: Anonymous

I decided to go for it! I have been taking the 200 mg dose for almost two days now. I have not notice a drop in my milk supply. :-)

The first night that I increased the dose, though, I had hot flashes and heart palapations. It was a bit concerning. However, by the next morning, I was feeling so much better.

I think I'll continue with the 90 day therapy. I look forward to feeling better soon. :-)

Nov 18, 2013
Another update
by: Anonymous

Today, after two days on the progesterone therapy, I passed a bit of uterine tissue. I have fibroid tumors, and I wonder if this could be related? I am about to start my period, but the tissue was much different than clots or bleeding. The last time this happened, I was in the middle of a pregnancy, when progesterone levels are higher. I wonder if the progesterone therapy is already sluffing of the fibroid tumors?

Nov 19, 2013
Can progesterone therapy impact a woman's milk supply?
by: Wray

Hi Rina It seems you might have post natal depression, judging by your symptoms. This affects up to 25% of women after giving birth. Please see our page here. And this one on Pregnancy. Progesterone won’t affect the milk supply as you've noticed, I'm so pleased it seems to have helped. We also have a page on Anxiety which gives a list of nutrients which help. Take care Wray

Nov 19, 2013
adrenals
by: Anonymous

Oh yes. I had PPD after my second son was born. I also had adrenal insufficiency and secondary hypothyroidism. I was a mess. I was so deleted.

My son is now 2 1/2 years old, and after eight months of nutritional therapy, I am beginning to feel better. I am on a glandular supplement and an herbal adaptogenic supplement for my endocrine system. I am also on a supplement to help regulate my hypoglycemia. Inositol is helping the anxiety and sleep. These things have improved.

It's just during ovulation and the second half of my cycle that I feel horrible. I do believe that all of this healing has taken a heavy toll on my progesterone levels.

I think the underlying cause of my estrogen dominance/low progesterone is my adrenal insufficiency. I hope that all will stabilize one my adrenals are back up to speed.

Jun 09, 2016
Update
by: Anonymous

After a 3 year health journey, my functional doctor confirmed that my adrenal insufficiency cleared up in March. I am so much healthier -- both mentally and physically -- as a result of improved lifestyle factors. Progesterone cream, nutritional rebalancing, an anti-inflammatory, light exercise, stress reduction, and optimal sleep are the wellness tools that I used for recovery. As a result of this journey, I have also learned so much about what I need to stay healthy for a lifetime. 😊

Jun 10, 2016
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by: Anonymous

I mean, an anti-inflammatory diet

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