PCOS and progesterone

by Elaine

I have recently been diagnosed with PCOS after years of complaining about excess hair and acne. I was prescribed progesterone as the only resolution to PCOS.

Due to an earlier experience with progesterone, I was very cautious and with good reason as within a week I saw myself turn into a monster to the point my boss had to take me to one side. I was always on the verge of tears and very angry! Is there any other way to try and correct the balance without progesterone?

I'm very interested in the diet but would this be enough? Can anyone help? Thanks.

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May 05, 2010
PCOS and progesterone
by: Wray

Hi Elaine. The 'adverse' symptoms you experienced when using the progesterone were caused by excess oestrogen, sounds paradoxical! But for a full explanation please see here. PCO is caused by oxidative stress, which leads to inflammation, which in turn causes the ovaries to malfunction. We do have a web page on PCO, please see here.

Progesterone is invariably low, as in many cases ovulation ceases, or only occurs at intervals and not monthly. It's always advisable to use it. Is there any chance in taking time off to work through the 'monster' phase?! An alternative is to use a very low dose, but this will take months to help.

The essential thing though is to reverse the inflammation, so high doses of antioxidants are needed. N-acetyl cysteine 1200-1800mg/day, arginine 1600mg/day and vitamin D 5000iu's/day are the main nutrients, there are others which all help too. Especially zinc, please take 100mg/day for 1-3 months, this is remarkable at reducing or eliminating acne. Once this has resolved you can reduce the dose slowly till you find the optimum. It is essential to cut out all inflammatory foods from the diet, the most inflammatory being sugar and all other foods which convert to glucose. Such as starchy carbs like the grains, legumes and potatoes, drinks with sugar, sweet fruits and sweet vegetables. We do have a complex for PCO, it's not on our web site yet. If interested in taking it please contact me here. Take care, Wray

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