Progesterone as a birth control

by Sharon
(Niagara Falls, Ont. Canada)

Hi there.
Since my husband and I have decided that our family is complete, I have been searching far and wide for a natural solution to my birth control needs.

I have ordered Natpro Progesterone cream, and would like to use it as a birth control.
Understanding that not every method is perfect.
I will also be flying to B.C at the end of summer, to be fitted for a Gynefix mini I.u.d.

I would like to know, when do I start to introduce the Natpro to my system, to avoid ovulation, and when to stop, to bring on my period.
And also how much to use.

Also after I have been fitted with an I.u.d, I would like to continue using the Progesterone cream. Is this advisable, or will the cream have an ill effect on the i.u.d?

Thanks for your help.
Have a wonderful day.

-Sharon

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May 12, 2012
Progesterone as a birth control
by: Wray

Hi Sharon Well thank you for introducing me to the Gynefix. It seems so much better than the copper T IUD I used! I will in future be recommending it, and put a reference to it on our Contraceptives page too. The copper T is the only birth control I feel we should use. Progesterone can be used successfully as a contraceptive, Dr Dalton would give it to her patients who reacted badly to the conventional Pill. It should be used about 8 days prior to ovulation, and continued for the 12 to 14 days of the luteal phase. Bleeding should occur once it's stopped. A few things to take note of. When first starting it, it can disrupt the cycle, making bleeding earlier or later than normal. It does settle down after a few cycles. If too little is used it can cause Oestrogen Dominance symptoms. A normal luteal phase is 12-14 days long, I prefer it if the progesterone is used for the full 14 days, as this ensures sufficient progesterone has been used. Stress drops levels, in some cases sharply, this would not afford protection. If you know you're going into a stressful time, ie a celebration, even good stress drops levels, or an interview you're not looking forward to, please increase the amount over the length of the stress. If an out of the blue stress should occur, increase applications as soon as you can. I often advise using it hourly if stress is severe. For normal use I recommend 100-200mg/day. Dr Dalton has found 100mg/day or 400mg/day are equally effective for contraception. You might like to read what she says about contraception and progesterone here. It has no adverse reactions to the IUD, which occasionally causes heavier bleeding. Progesterone can in fact help with this, see our page on Menstruation for more info. I've found many women prefer starting on a high amount to prevent or lessen the oestrogen dominance. Although I have found amounts of 400-500/day are needed to prevent this. The 100-200mg/day does come with some. It's trail and error finding the amount that suits, most women settle for somewhere between the two once symptoms have gone. We do have more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. Take care Wray

May 12, 2012
Thank you
by: Sharon

Thank you for answering all of my questions!
You have been most helpful and informative.
Cheers!
-Sharon

May 13, 2012
Thank you
by: Wray

Hi Sharon Pleased it was of help! Take care Wray

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