Progesterone, MS and PMT

by Lisa
(New York)

I take the progesterone only "mini pill" for oral contraception. Does this have the same benefits as progesterone creams ? I also have MS and have been told that progesterone can help. However, my periods are becoming more irregular and PMT worse (I am now 45) and I think I am ready to stop taking the mini pill to see if this helps balance my hormones.

Will stopping the mini pill help balance my hormones or make it worse ? Will my MS get worse if I stop the mini pill ?


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Oct 05, 2011
Progesterone, MS and PMT
by: Wray

Hi Lisa All Contraceptives have the potential to cause harmful effects. Progestins, of which the mini pill is one, are so changed they barely resemble progesterone. In fact most of them lower progesterone levels as they stop ovulation. Your MS should get better if you stop the pill. Progesterone is helpful for MS, as it's an anti-inflammatory, plus it re-myelinates the nerves, see here, here, here and here. But it appears you are very short of vitamin D, a lack of this causes MS, see here, here, here, here and here. Please have a test done, for more info see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. This is an excellent video to watch too, see here. You are now in Peri-menopause, which is why your cycle is becoming irregular, and your PMT worse. If you should consider using progesterone, I recommend 100-200mg/day, or more if symptoms are severe, but please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance first. Take care Wray

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