Progesterone and insomnia

by dena Lippy
(Finksburg, Md. 21048)

hI,

i have been follwoing this blog, and it stopped in Nov. I wanted to find out if you ever received any resolution. I am taking Natural progesterone. 200 mg/day, and 50mg.day with testosterone. I am feeling much better now, but my level on Thursday was still only a 2.3. My sleep aid started with 2 mg of Xanax, but I am up to 3mg Xanas. I have tried everything to put me to sleep, even barbituates. I am so sensitive to drugs, they actually make me wired, not tired. I would smoke weed if it made me tired, btu I would be awake for all hours on end. Very frustrated. Just want to sleep. I feel that will fix most of my problems. Love to hear more information. I jotted down the Tryptophan, and glutamine. I do have a low blood sugar issue. It wakes me up every night since my 20's. I am an atheltic build, 5"7 about 160 pre-pregnancy weight), but I am 8 months post pregnancy, and its gotten worse. Also the fact the I will be forty in 6 months doesn't help either.I would love some guidance.
Thanks in advance,
Dena

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Jan 14, 2012
Progesterone and insomnia
by: Wray

Hi Dena As you've started a new page, I'm not sure what blog you were following, so can't help with the query you read. The amount of progesterone you're taking is good, but as it's oral, most will be destroyed before getting into the circulation. Oral progesterone is not the best Delivery system. I would avoid the testosterone, this is another reason your progesterone is still low, as excess suppresses progesterone. But testosterone increases the risk for heart disease and cancer, plus it's notorious at increasing visceral fat, see here, here, here, here, here here, here, here, here and here. Progesterone does help sleep, see here. Tryptophan is good, and glutamine too, as it helps keep blood glucose stable, this often causes a disturbed sleep. Inositol is another nutrient you could consider taking, 4000mg/day is a good dose to try. Inositol helps raise serotonin levels, these tend to drop during sleep as much of it goes to forming melatonin. Inositol also helps stabilise blood glucose levels. It appears you could have PND, in which case you will need high amounts of progesterone, but please consider another delivery system. Continued below.

Jan 14, 2012
Progesterone and insomnia Part 2
by: Wray

Hi Dena Please have a vitamin D test, the growing foetus tends to rob the mother of her supplies, plus it's vital for the baby if you're breast feeding, see here, here, here, here and here. These are excellent videos to watch too, see here and here. A lack of vitamin D reduces the benefits of progesterone, plus it can cause insomnia and depression, see here and here.

Jan 17, 2012
Testosterone
by: Anonymous

Hi Wray,

In your comments you stated not to take testosterone. My testosterone & DHEA was low, and I had very low libido. I am seeing a certified bioidentical GYN, and she had me on the progesterone cream, but I was still low, so she changed it to a lozenge. I am to take one progesterone lozenge at dinner time, and to stop testosterone lozenge until my sleep cycle gets better.

Jan 18, 2012
Testosterone
by: Wray

Hi there If you would read the papers I gave to Dena, I think you'll agree it's not worth the risk. DHEA too, see here, here, here and here. Unfortunately when they take testosterone levels, they don't check the free testosterone, only the total. If testosterone is bound it's inactive, it's the free testosterone which does the damage. Often total testosterone can be normal or low, but free testosterone can be too high, see here. The jury is still out as to whether testosterone increases libido. We have many men using progesterone to good effect, as it does increase libido, see here and here. I would have to know how much progesterone you were getting via the cream, but I've found it needs to be 100-200mg/day or more dependant on sympotms, to have any lasting effect. Oral progesterone, be it a lozenge, caps or drops, is not the best Delivery system as most gets destroyed in the gut and liver. Progesterone levels begin dropping after about 13hrs, so it's always best to use it twice a day. Take care Wray

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