Elevated progesterone levels

by Lisa
(So.bend, Indiana)

i am 27 and I'm a mother of 3. I am currently nursing my 13 mth old baby. Since her birth my periods have been like clock work up until 3 1/2 mths ago.

I've taken 3 preg. test about a month ago and all were neg. I went to my doctor and he ordered some blood tests, thyroid and progesterone (no preg test don't know why). My thyroid test was nor. but progesterone was "elevated". What does this mean?

I have been experiencing early preg. symptoms as well as high progesterone symptoms. the doctor gave me provera and I took as directed but still no period. Could I be preg or are my hormones out of wack?? Please help.

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Jan 20, 2011
Elevated progesterone levels
by: Wray

Hi Lisa Elevated progesterone can indicate pregnancy, but generally hCG levels are checked too. I would hope you're not pregnant, as MPA is teratogenic, see the PDR on this......"Inform of risks, including birth defects if exposed during 1st trimester. Category X, not for use in nursing". To my mind progesterone would be a better thing to give you, it has no adverse side effects. And can help regulate a cycle, for more info see our page on How to use progesterone cream. I'm curious about your high progesterone symptoms, as the only one I know is euphoria. We do have a page on Pregnancy you could read, please have a look through it. Take care Wray

Jan 20, 2011
Elevated Progesterone Symptoms
by: Anonymous

What are elevated progesterone symptoms? I didn't know you could have too much progesterone in your body. Does that mean I should be careful how much progesterone cream to apply?

Jan 23, 2011
Elevated Progesterone Symptoms
by: Wray

Hi there I have no idea what they are either, which is why I asked Lisa for them. The only one I've read about is euphoria. Progesterone can be used as an anaesthetic, but the amount would be far higher than could be obtained via a cream. Progesterone is given via IV transfusion to brain trauma victims, the amount is over 1200mg/day. Dr Dalton gave 2400mg/day to her patients with post natal psychosis. I've found for most of our symptoms 100-200mg/day is sufficient. In some cases, such as hot flushes, I've found 400mg/day is needed for 4-5 days to stop or reduce them. Between 400-600mg/day is needed to stop severe, heavy, continual bleeding, and 500mg/day is needed to reduce the pain of endometriosis. One thing to remember, progesterone should be used as and when needed, and sufficient too, not as a daily 'dose'. Many things affect the levels of progesterone, stress in particular, which causes it to drop. See this page on How to use progesterone cream for more info. Take care Wray

Jan 24, 2011
Progesterone Dosing
by: Anonymous

I don't understand what you mean by progesterone should be used as needed and not as a daily "dose." I have been using 1/2 tsp in the morning and 1/2 tsp at night (sometimes even more at night) because I've been having anxiety and insomnia. But oftentimes I rub it on during the day too (not measuring) when I feel some anxiety coming on.

I was recently diagnosed with lymes disease which causes insomnia and anxiety and am having these symptoms. The cream has been helping but I want to make sure I don't wind up using too much.

What I know is that my blood estradiol level is 71 and my blood progesterone level is 6.2. It was taken on the first day of my period (we tried to time it for a different day but my period came early). I was using 200 mg progesterone cream during this time so I am not sure if that affects the results. The doctor also checked my SHBG which was elevated at 164. I don't know what that means.

Anyway, since I found about the lymes and my anxiety level got higher, I've been using more cream. I've done that rather than use the supplements recommended because I am super sensitive to supplements. I already have palpitations and sometimes when I try a new supplement they get worse. So for now I am trying to manage my symptoms with the cream and it is helping. I just wanted to clarify that this is ok since you said progesterone shouldn't be used as a daily dose. Thanks.

Jan 29, 2011
Progesterone Dosing
by: Wray

Hi there I'm pleased the progesterone is helping. You are using it exactly as I recommend, not as a 'dose', but as and when you need it. Many women are told to use 20mg per day, no more, or 40mg/day, or they are given a capsule with a measured dose. Please keep using it as you are, when you feel anxiety occurring rub some on, more at night for the insomnia, if you have pain rub it on the painful area. The blood test for progesterone was taken at the wrong time, it should always be done ±7 days after ovulation or before a period. But using progesterone will affect the test results. We have these done regularly, see Saliva Tests. You'll notice the progesterone increased considerably. Lyme disease is associated with a low vitamin D level, see here and here. Please have a vitamin D test done, for more info see the Vitamin D council website. As you have Anxiety, please read through this page, there's a list of nutrients which help anxiety. High SHBG could mean your oestrogen level is too high, see here. If it is this could account for the anxiety and insomnia, as oestrogen opposes progesterone which is helpful for both these conditions, see here and here. Take care Wray

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