Peri-menopause

by Marilyn
(Ontario)

Hi Wray,
You suggested to take progesterone without a break.
Would i have monthly cycles being on it continuously, and would I need to only take in the leutal phase at a later date. I am very new to this and don't know much about this and how it works. I could not find answers about this on the site.
Thanks
Marilyn

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Jul 22, 2012
hope you dont mind my thoughts!
by: Anonymous

HI Ive had the same issue, but it all worked out, I needed large amounts to get my levels up enough took about 6months and during that time i had some sporadic periods, then i started spotting for about a week and decided to just pull back a bit with the cream, my period resumed and was great (for a period lol) since then it would seem my levels have increased enough that i still use everyday but im getting periods again, less bleeding, no bad symptoms and for me my joints have improved remarkably. I really think using it every day watching your symptoms and just adjust accordingly, you really cant get it wrong.....ive even started using it as a face cream really lovely and no nasty chemicals. hope this is helpful...just trust your inner wisdom...

Jul 23, 2012
Peri-menopause
by: Wray

Hi Marilyn We do have a page on Peri-menopause which goes through the oddities that can occur. I only suggest using it daily for about 2-3 months if symptoms are severe, and then the cycle can be followed again when feeling stable. But I don't know what stage of P-M you are in, if the last stages, your cycle could be very erratic, so it's impossible to follow them. In which case it is best to use it daily. The amount is also trial and error too, I normally suggest about 100-200mg/day, but often more is needed if symptoms are bad. Please read the page on Oestrogen Dominance before starting the progesterone. We also have a search field in the top left corner of every page if you should need more info. Take care Wray

Jul 23, 2012
hope you dont mind my thoughts!
by: Wray

Hi there Thanks for adding your encouragement. It is listening to your inner wisdom, and playing around with the amount too. There's no fixed way to use it, or amount, it depends on the individual. Take care Wray

Jul 23, 2012
Peri-menopause
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your input. So, taking the cream everyday I would get a period and the period would stop on it's own while on the cream.? Do I need to take less or stop if I start a period or continue with the same amount?
Do I stay on the cream forever?

Jul 25, 2012
Peri-menopause
by: Wray

Hi Marilyn Your period would come and go while on the cream. And yes it will stop while still using it. If you're going to follow the continual daily use, you wouldn't stop or use less while bleeding. If you're going to follow your cycle then yes you would stop it when bleeding started. How long you use the cream for is entirely up to you. I for one will never stop as it's very protective, particularly against ageing, see here, here, here, here and here. Take care Wray

Oct 24, 2012
skin aging and estrogens
by: kathy/katseyes/ Canada

Hi Wray this is where i found the info on the ant-aging effects of estrogen in menopausal women a while back Pubmed ..clicked on the above comment on here here and here & the last one and it brings it up...just letting you know as you asked me where i had found that info through your site. So that is where
kathy :)

Oct 25, 2012
skin aging and estrogens
by: Wray

Hi Kathy That paper is about the anti-ageing affects of progesterone! Not oestrogen! Take care Wray

Oct 25, 2012
cont'd
by: kathy/canada

Hi Wray yes i saw that if but you look to the right there is a section that says review and it talks about estrogen and the skin/anti-aging..just letting you know I am not delusional..lol~:)
So do you think that we should only supplement with progesterone and never estrogen? what if levels of estrogen are really low? Do you agree with combination therapy..natural not synthetic of course, and what is a good HRT replacemnt on the market for estrogen!!? Just doing my research ...in the dark so trying to educate myself even though it is a really confusing time
thanks
kathy

Oct 27, 2012
cont'd
by: Wray

Hi Kathy I have checked them. But I'm not sure which link you looked at, one did say HRT improved skin. But I have other papers where it showed no benefit, see here and here. To my mind it's not worth the risk. Oestrogen levels in Menopause vary from 0-30ng/ml. But this is oestradiol, and it should be low. They never check for oestrone, the hormone made in our fat cells to the day we die. And of course in peri-meno, with dropping progesterone and normal oestrogen, our problems are far worse. The problem is always one of balance, and in peri-meno and meno women have low progesterone levels. In the past this didn't seem to affect us much. Although judging from ancient Greek writings it did! Our word hysteria comes from the Greek word for 'womb' or uterus. But now we have to contend with over 100 oestrogen mimics in our environment, see this excellent website Our Stolen Future for more info. Plus about 90% of our time is spent inside, so we get little sun and therefore low vitamin D levels. A lack of this reduces the benefits of progesterone. So no, I don't think we need more oestrogen. Take care Wray

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