Lisa

by Lisa
(Canada)

I hail from Montreal, QC, Canada where it is very difficult to even find a family doctor never mind a gyn. I have read alot ot information online and in books to school my self on menopause and the best way to relieve its symptoms without resorting to HRT. A book by Dr. John R. Lee MD promotes the use of progesteron creams and he also recommends soy. I came across your site and have read almost all of the blogs that have been posted. I am a vegeterian who eats only fish and have been eating alot of soy based products to replensih my protein but I see that you strongly advise women to not take soy, what am I to do? I have also ordered a brand of progestrene cream online and see that mine is derived from soy so I now feel I should stop using it. I ordered your cream instead and am waiting its arrival. There was also a disclaimer on the cream I ordered that states "Progesterone causes cancer" I must tell you putting it on 2 a day everyday after reading that comment makes me very nervous. Does it cause cancer? I am 51 have been having symptoms for 3 years now I guess I am official menopausal as my last period was Feb 2011. I suffer from hot flashs/night sweats, irritability, weird headaches, ringing in my ears, fuzzy in my head. There is so much conflicting information out there it is hard to make the right choice. Good news is my sister in law just told me her gyn is now accepting new patients so I will call Monday to schedule an appt. By the way am I talking to a doctor on this blog?

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Apr 23, 2012
Lisa
by: Wray

Hi Lisa There is a huge amount of conficting opinions on the web, too many. So I have done a page on them called Progesterone Misconceptions. I tried being a vegetarian for four years, but was always tired and put on weight, so slowly incorporated fish and then animal protein again. I too was eating a great deal of soy, but it isn't a good food. This is an excellent website here. Maybe you could increase the amount of fish and eggs you eat. Please don't be concerned about using the cream you have that's derived from soy, there will be no soy in it. I have tried explaining this to others before, but don't seem able to convince them! If it was contaminated, it would not be given USP approval. That disclaimer is probably from California, who unfortunately don't know the difference between progesterone and the synthetic progestins. The progestins are no better than oestrogen. Oestrogen is a mitogen, causing cells to proliferate, progesterone inhibits mitosis, so cannot cause Cancer. I have found Hot Flushes need 400mg/day progesterone to stop them. It's also good for headaches too, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. I don't think the gyn will look kindly on you using progesterone! And no I'm not a doctor, just someone who went through hell during Peri-menopause, found progesterone and now tell people about it's benefits. Continued below.

Apr 23, 2012
Lisa Part 2
by: Wray

Hi Lisa Talking of which, a lack of vitamin D reduces the benefits of progesterone, they work well together. You live in Canada, please have a test done as levels are generally very low there. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth, Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Take care Wray


Apr 23, 2012
amazing creame
by: Anonymous

Hi I've been using your cream Natpro with great success,I unfortunately ran out and didn't re order soon enough, I live in New Zealand! so I used another cream my doctor sells, I've just had two terrible weeks using the other cream, using huge amounts and getting little relief, today your cream arrived and instant relief I've had a great day....I will never let myself run out again thank you so much.....P.S. I'm 47 and my main symptoms have been joint pain, my Dr says Rheumatoid Arthritis....im not convinced as noticeable reduction of symptoms once period is over.... hot flushes all gone now and energy slowly returning, will probably be on Natpro for life!I just wanted to let you know with a change in diet, lifestyle and a very good tonic each morning, progesterone cream was the final piece to my health puzzle.....thanks again from NZ

Apr 23, 2012
Vitamin D and Evening Primrose Oil
by: Lisa

You are correct my cream did hail from California. I guess my new gyn will know I am using progesteron if she sends me for a blood test to check my hormone levels, I will tell her before to see her reaction. Why do doctors frown upon a product that is so beneficial? I use a multi vitamin that delivers 10mcg/400 IU of Vitamin D any more than that seems to constipate me. I also use Evening Primrose Oil, I had some hair loss and Dr Oz had mentioned on one of his show to use that, does it have a counter-effect on the progestron? Thank you for being out there, this is the first time I have ever joined a blog and it is comforting to unite with other women who know exactly how I feel and what I am going through.

Apr 24, 2012
amazing cream
by: Wray

Hi there Thanks so much for letting us know this! It's always good to know it actually works. Although we do run Saliva Tests on the cream, which shows it is absorbed well, it's always in the using that the real test occurs. I'm delighted the Hot Flushes have gone and the energy is returning. The joint pain…..it has to be labeled and the only one that fits is RA! Interestingly it could become RA if left untreated, as most of us do. Oestrogen is an excitatory, inflammatory hormone. It also stimulates the MMPs, these are enzymes involved in remodelling tissue. Ie they remove old protein to make way for new, one good example is in the uterus. Each month the lining breaks down under the influence of the MMPs. But in excess they cause inflammation and heavy bleeding, this is explained on our Menstruation page. The MMPs are found everywhere, as is oestrogen. Both these are high in RA and the inflammatory disorders, hence the inflammation and 'breakdown' of tissue in our joints etc. So you are 100% right, it is hugely influenced by our hormones. The good news is that progesterone not only suppresses oestrogen, it also inhibits the MMPs too. Take care Wray

Apr 25, 2012
Vitamin D and Evening Primrose Oil
by: Wray

Hi Lisa It will be interesting to hear her reaction, it's generally because they know nothing about it. It is a pity, as it is so beneficial. I'm concerned you're getting so little vitamin D, 400iu's won't do anything, even 4000iu's is barely sufficient. It really is very serious in Canada, see here, here, here and here. It could be you lack magnesium. This is the most important co-factor for vitamin D. A deficiency in Mg shows up normally as pain when starting vitamin D, but constipation could be another symptom. Maybe you could try taking it, magnesium chloride appears to be the best form. Anything from 200mg/day elemental Mg is needed. MgCl is 25% Mg, which means you need to take 1g of MgCl to get 200mg of Mg. Progesterone does help Hair Loss, so does vitamin D, it's vital for the anagen phase of hair growth. The EPO won't adversely affect progesterone, but there are other nutrients far better for hair growth, all listed on the link I've given you. Thanks for the kind words, it does make a difference knowing we're not alone. Please don't forget to have that vitamin D test done. Take care Wray

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