high progesterone levels in pregnancy

by anonymous

Was told by an MD that high progesterone levels in pregnancy cause the bowel to be paralyzed and that is the reason more women than men have problems with constipation. Is that true?

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Feb 11, 2012
high progesterone levels in pregnancy
by: Wray

Hi there I don't see how one say constipation in pregnancy is the cause of women getting it more than men! Constipation is caused by many things, by a lack in the diet of water, green leaves, oil, fibre, exercise, tryptophan, and more. If high progesterone were the cause, then all pregnant women in the third trimester would have impacted bowels, and this is not the case. Oestrogen causes water retention in the tissues, it draws this water from the gut. Progesterone is an excellent diuretic, see Traumatic Brain Injury. It removes the excess water from the tissues, and it then gets excreted. This is why women suffering from water retention, when first using progesterone, find they are urinating more frequently. But more to the point it prevents oestrogen from drawing water from the gut. Evidently the women with constipation while pregnant have low levels of progesterone. Take care Wray

Feb 14, 2012
too much Natural progesterone isnt good
by: Anonymous

I just read an article by Dr Mercola who uses Natural progesterone in his practice familiar with Dr Lees Studies and He said any woman who takes more than 1/16 of a teaspoon a day complications will be inevitable as progesteorne is fat soluble and once applied on the skin will store itself in a womens fat tissue.When one first used the cream there is no problem as the fat stores are uaually low but as time goes on , the cream accumulates and contibutes to the disrubution in the Adrenal Hormones such as DHEA,cortisol and testosterone. He believes its a useful tool but should be used VERY cautiously .many of the women who were on the cream have terribly elevated levels of this hormone. This is not good. Progesterone is normally a cyclical hormone and the body really needs to see a change in the concentration to affect a proper physiological response. If the level is constantly above the concentration that it recognizes as “off” or low, this is not possible. Fortunately, this is repairable. But it may involve going off the cream for as long as two years to wash the progesterone out of the system.
http://endojourney.wordpress.com/2009/06/24/dr-mercola-on-progesterone-cream/
( Her article )

Wondering what you think??? as I have been using it during my pregnancy and have extreme Hirsutism and Acne still ..I use the size of a quarter once a day...due in 5 weeks...

Feb 15, 2012
too much Natural progesterone isnt good
by: Wray

Hi there Yes I am aware of Dr Mercola's views, but don't agree with them. One thing which seems to be overlooked by all, is that progesterone is broken down into metabolites. It doesn't remain as progesterone locked up in fatty tissue. It is important in it's own right, but it's metabolites are just as important. One in particular is allopregnanolone (3α-hydroxy-5α-pregnan-20-one or 3α,5α- tetrahydroprogesterone or THP), it's a potent analgesic, anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory. Studies found significantly lower levels of allopregnanolone during the last few days of the luteal phase in women with PMS. In fact progesterone is broken down into many metabolites. As the body is designed to metabolise progesterone, and other hormones, it seems highly unlikely for it to get shunted into fat cells, and there to stay. Or for the receptors to become insensitive. The typical 20-40mg/day that is recommended does not raise levels to that found in the luteal phase. One study found that using 40mg/day "…. only low plasma progesterone levels were found (median 2.5 nmol/l)", see here. The ranges for the luteal phase are 15.9 - 63.6 nmol/L (5 to 20 ng/ml). Men secrete <3.18 nmol/L (<1 ng/ml). Very much more is needed to reach even the luteal phase levels. During Pregnancy there is never any break from it, with levels rising to over 400ng/ml in the third trimester. It's evident you don't have enough progesterone. Progesterone increases levels of SHBG, which effectively reduces testosterone. This hormone is responsible for hirsutism and acne, see here and here. Take care Wray

Feb 15, 2012
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by: Anonymous

So how much should one take of natpro in the 3rd trimester if one has hirsutism / ACNE ?and for how long ? Im getting c - section do i use the same amount until IT ? AND how MUCH after and for how long? everyday or once my regular meses starts 6 weeks later?? Thank you so much for your advice:)

Feb 16, 2012
RE:
by: Wray

Hi there I suggest you ask for a progesterone test to be done. The range in the third trimester is 48.4 - 425 ng/ml. 48.4 ng/ml is very low, and falls into the first and second trimester ranges. The higher it is the better, as Dr Dalton found her 'progesterone' babies as she called them, were more intelligent than the norm, see here. Once you know your level you can better decide how much you need. Progesterone is excellent for healing, so would help the wound after the op. Take care Wray

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