Pregnancy

by Alexandria
(Ontario, Canada)

Dear Wray, I recently purchased NatPro but was only able to use it for a few days due to my cycle. I suspected a progesterone deficiency after my first miscarriage in December 2010 (a blighted ovum), when I just felt out of whack for several months after. I also have Hashimoto's hypothyroidism and my doctors have been having a hard time optomizing my levels.

When I had a second miscarriage at 5 weeks in early July this year (I am now 35 years old), I went to a gynecologist who prescribed synthetic progesterone to be used only after a positive home pregnancy test. I am hopeful that using your cream will address some of the symptoms I have been experiencing, such as anxiety and digestion issues. Although I feel like I am a step ahead in that my gynecologist acknowledges the importance of progesterone in pregnancy, I wish he was more concerned about the impact of a deficiency on me, regardless of whether or not there is a pregnancy!

I am also concerned about using a synthetic form of the hormone. In terms of dosage of your cream, would you recommend using 1/4 teaspoon twice daily (for a total of a 1/2 teaspoon per day)? I am also taking folic acid, Omega 3 and a B complex, also recommended by my naturopath. I noticed in your recent response to KW, you had attached some resources on pregnancy and progesterone - I would be grateful to receive the same. Thank you very much in advance for your response and for your wonderful website.

(note from webmaster... sorry Alexandria but we don't publish email addresses as they attract spam. I am sure Wray will address your concerns right here before too long)

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Sep 10, 2011
Know your hormone levels before starting
by: Anonymous

Synthetic progesterone is not the answer. USP Natural is. The amount of Active ingredient is the cream you are using is the key to the dosage 1/4, 1/2 teaspoon once a day or twice a day. But first u need to know your hormone levels and establish a base line before u start dosing with any cream
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Sep 19, 2011
Pregnancy
by: Wray

Hi Alexandria Thanks so much for the kind words! I'm glad you are concerned about the synthetic progestins, for more info see our page on Contraceptives. Progesterone is vital for a successful pregnancy, progestins are not! I will never understand why they are used in place of the real thing, when a new human life is in the making. Many of the progestins are teratogenic too. But of course there's more money to be made in progestins. Incidentally progesterone should be started well before conception, to avoid getting Oestrogen Dominance whilst pregnant. This is the page you requested on Pregnancy, it does give advice on how much to use, which is very dependant on symptoms. As you've had two miscarriages, I would recommend using the higher end of the range to begin with, about 200mg/day or 6ml of cream. Particularly as you have Anxiety too. You might find you need more. There are plenty of papers on miscarriage too.The supps you are taking are all good, but I believe you are short of vitamin D, it's vital for ovulation, conception, a successful pregnancy, but above all for a healthy foetus, see here, here, here, here and here. I've run out of space so will start a new comment below. Take care Wray

Sep 19, 2011
Pregnancy
by: Wray

Hi Alexandria These are excellent videos to watch too, see here and here. A lack of vitamin D is implicated in Hashi's, see here and here. A lack also causes anxiety, depression, digestive problems and it reduces the benefits of progesterone. Please consider having a test done, for more info see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital websites. The minimum dose should be 5000iu's per day, and the blood level 70-100ng/ml, and not the 30ng/ml used by labs and doctors as the cut off point for adequate. Take care Wray

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