Felling better already!

by Kathleen
(Savannah, GA)

I have just recently started using Natpro (couple weeks). I had not had my period in 2 1/2 months, and assumed it is due to my age, 48; and, I had a bunch of other symptoms as well (depressed,mad all the time,short tempered, etc.). I thought is was all due to perimenopause, and it may be; however, since I started using the cream I am feeling much more like my old self. My attitude is much improved (had a very hard time through the holidays, which is definitely NOT me), I actually feel the sexiest I have in years, and I had a normal period.
So, I am extremely excited and look forward to whatever else "better" may come!!

Wray, one question...I have been using about inch long strip twice a day. How will I know when or if I need to reduce?

Thanks so much!! Kathleen

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Jan 15, 2013
Felling better already!
by: Wray

Hi Kathleen I'm delighted you've responded so quickly. Not to put a dampener on things, but please watch for Oestrogen Dominance, it can come out of the blue. You might like to see this comment here. You are in Peri-menopause now, and our periods do become very erratic. Progesterone won't stop this as the ovaries are winding down, but it does help the other symptoms as you've discovered. P-M starts 5 to 10 years before Menopause, the average age of this is 51. You don't say if you're using it daily, or following your cycle. But I would suggest you ignore any bleeding and use it every day, as it's impossible to follow the cycle. I'm very happy you're feeling sexy! Progesterone is vital for Libido, in fact we have many men using it, having tried testosterone and found it didn't help. Well I've just squeezed your 'inch' long strip on to my hand. My first attempt failed miserably, possibly because it was the end of the tube. So I opened another for a second attempt. You get about 1ml of cream doing this, possibly 1.25ml or 1/4tsp. This is giving you about 33mg to 40mg progesterone, double this and you're getting about 66 to 80mg/day. I'm pleased this amount is helping you, as I've usually found more is required. I normally recommend 100-200mg/day. See how you get on with this amount. You will know immediately if you need to increase the amount, as symptoms return. If you try reducing and symptoms also return, you'll know you've found the right amount, so go back to it. But a great many things can reduce progesterone levels, some quite suddenly, some take longer and creep up on us. Such as dark winter days, a lack of vitamin D, large meals, too many phytoestrogens in food, sugar and insulin. Plus excess oestrogen and free testosterone. This last is very easy to increase suddenly. If bound to SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) testosterone becomes inactive, progesterone raises levels of SHBG, see here, so preventing it's rise and the severe PMS which can result from high levels. SHBG drops if sugars are eaten, even those found in all grains, legumes, processed milk and sweet starchy fruits and vegetables. Fructose, sucrose and glucose, reduce SHBG by 80, 50 and 40% respectively, see here. Thereby allowing testosterone to rise. Continued below

Jan 15, 2013
Felling better already! Part 2
by: Wray

Hi Kathleen It's best to avoid all the foods and sugars mentioned. Wine and beers contain carbs, so it's best to avoid those too. Plus alcohol affects hormone levels in women, see here and here. It decreases progesterone levels and increases androgen levels, both the total testosterone and free testosterone become higher. Testosterone is notorious at increasing visceral fat, which causes abdominal fat gain, see here and here. The lowered progesterone, higher testosterone probably accounts for the increased risk in breast cancer risk among women, see here and here. Higher testosterone is also associated with an increased risk for Insulin Resistance and heart disease, see here. Sugars and large meals also drop progesterone levels, see here. Plus insulin drops levels too, see here. This means SHBG also drops, another vicious cycle. Progesterone is also excellent for ageing, see here, here, here, here and here. This might help you determine whether to decrease, increase, stop it or never stop it! Take care Wray

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