mexican yams

by brooke

Until two months ago I was taking a pill that dissolves under my tongue for about six month to help with my progesterone "deficiency". I would take the pills morning and night and I felt immediate results. No more sleepless nights, no more hot flashes/night sweats and no more nut job before my cycle!
So I felt awesome, but we have been trying to conceive and we have not been able to do so. I have never had a regular cycle and I brought the topic up at my annual with my OBGYN. She advised me to discontinue the "progesterone" and she wanted to do blood work on the 23rd day of my cycle to see if I was ovulating. I did as she asked and my progesterone was so very low.
The way it was explained to me is that they were hoping my level was around a 10 and it was less than a 1. So she started me on Clomed with the onset of my menses. That was the beginning of this month and today is day 17 of my cycle. The Dr that prescribed me the " yam progesterone" would like me to start it again on day 18 to hold the embryo if the Clomed has worked!
I think my progesterone is low because of the drenching night sweats I'm having, but I'm not sure what to do? I have ordered the NATPRO, but my OBGYN has ordered another blood test on the 23rd Day of my cycle and she doesn't want me to take progesterone before the test. Any advice or has anyone gone down this road?

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Dec 20, 2011
mexican yams
by: Wray

Hi Brooke I'm pleased the oral progesterone helped you, but it's not the most efficient Delivery system. Your progesterone is low because it appears you are either not ovulating, or your corpus luteum is not producing sufficient when it does ovulate. A defective luteal phase can occur, see here, here, here, here, here, here and here. The night sweats are a symptom of low progesterone. Has anyone checked you for PCOS? Please look through this page to see if you have any other symptoms beyond an irregular cycle. I would caution against the use of clomid, see here, here and here. Clomid forces the ovary to make eggs and the follicle or follicles to ovulate. This is the reason the obgyn wants you to wait before using the progesterone again, to see if you have ovulated. Continued below.

Dec 20, 2011
mexican yams Part 2
by: Wray

Hi Brooke It could be you need nothing more than some vitamin D, this is essential for ovulation and conception, please have a test done. For more info on levels, testing 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. And 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. We also have a page on Pregnancy which explains the role progesterone plays and how to use it. Take care Wray

Dec 21, 2011
thanks Wray!
by: Brooke

Thanks so much for checking into this for me! Yes, I have been tested for PCOS and I do not have it. I am certainly going to try the Vitamin D. And I thought that the text about the cancer and fertility drugs were interesting and I appreciate you bringing that to my attention. Just the fact that there are theories about a connection. It is good to be aware.
I do have a question about the NATPRO. Does it have a shelf life?

Dec 22, 2011
thanks Wray!
by: Wray

Hi Brooke Well I'm pleased you have been checked for PCOS and don't have it. So it's probable you do have a defective luteal phase, in which case progesterone and vitamin D will help right that. Please make sure you use sufficient progesterone, too little causes symptoms of Oestrogen Dominance. I would suggest starting on 200mg/day, you might need more but use your symptoms as a guide. And take at least 5000iu's per day vitamin D too, it's essential for a successful pregnancy, see here, here, here, here and here. These are excellent videos to watch too, see here and here. I didn't give you these papers as my previous reply was getting too long! So many women are given clomid, but not told of the adverse side effects of taking it. I know one woman who took it to get pregnant with her one child, and now has breast cancer, 7 years later. These are some more papers on 'infertility', see here here, here, here and here. Natpro has a shelf life of 18 months, probably two years, but we err on the side of caution. Take care Wray

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