Progesterone for ADHD

by Mary

Hello, I have a friend that has a 14 year old boy with ADHD. Do you have any information on the use of progesterone cream for this condition?
Thank you

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Jan 03, 2008
by: Anonymous

I too have a boy who has so called "adhd". We have been down the road of many medications and then come back to none, using only now natural remedies like fish oil, magnesium, zinc and a very natural diet.

Would love to know if Progesterone can be used to help with behaviour issues etc. I noticed that your webpage covers aggressive behaviour but what about concentration issues. Look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards. Maz.

Jan 06, 2008
by: Wray

There has been no definitive study on the possible affect progesterone might have on someone with ADHD. But there are plenty of research papers showing it's interaction between the serotonin, dopamine and GABA pathways. These are three of our most important neurotransmitters.

Amongst other things serotonin raises mood and lowers anxiety, dopamine helps memory and attention, helping us to focus, GABA is our major calming neurotransmitter, a low level causing anxiety and panic. Progesterone raises levels of all three, it also activates the GABA receptor sites, so using the two together is even more affective for calming.

Using a gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) in early pregnancy has been found to cause ADHD in the child. A low level of omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy is also implicated. Children with ADHD have been found to have low levels of the omega three essential fatty acids. In fact studies have found that animals and humans deprived of omega 3 have similar symptoms. If a new born comes in contact with the endocrine disruptor, bisphenol A, it disrupts the dopamine pathway resulting in hyperactivity.

Although the jury is still out, many papers are suggesting that the disruption of the dopamine pathway results in ADHD. Others that a low level of pregnenolone (the precursor to progesterone and DHEA) and DHEA and DHEAS results in ADHD.

I would suggest he tries 1ml/day (33.3mg progesterone) of the cream, plus 500mg/day L-tyrosine (the precursor to dopamine), increasing this gradually if no effect is found, 100mg/day DHEA, Omega 3 fish oil giving 1500mg EPA and 1000mg DHA per day, a good vitamin B and antioxidant complex.
Hope this helps Take care Wray

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Jan 07, 2008
ADHD and progesterone
by: Wray

Hi Maz, Do hope the info I gave Mary is of help too. Take care Wray

Jan 13, 2010
by: Anonymous

I used progesterone cream in small doses on both my 16 year old son and 13 year old daughter after reading Dr Platt's book. All I can say is that teachers who had no idea I was trying it asked my daughter if she was being paid to be good! Even her school report mentioned that her behaviour had improved. Dr Platt says to use higher doses in his book but I'm a little nervous to. I guess you can only try it for yourself and see what happens.

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