Progesterone question

by Amy
(Pittsburgh, Pa )

How important is the time of day that you apply your progesteron cream? I suffer from insomnia, so I use it 3 hours before going to bed. Is that correct?

And how long should you remain on a particular dose before increasing it if your symptoms are still persisting? No one seems to tell you this. I am currently at 7ml a day and I'm still not sleeping well enough. But I've only been on this dose for a week or so. Also, if you use progesterone cream for a long period of time, will your body stop making it on its own? Or will it make more? Basically, does long term use aide your body to a better balance on its own or is it just like using a band aid?

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Mar 19, 2010
Progesterone question
by: Wray

Hi Amy. There is no need to adhere to a particular time, it is essential to use it a minimum of twice a day, as levels drop after 13 hrs. So people generally put it on in the morning and evening. For really severe symptoms it's best to use it hourly. You could try it just before you go to bed and see if that is better. But if you have insomnia I suggest you try tryptophan, it's the precursor to serotonin, which is the precursor to melatonin our sleep hormone. Although progesterone does help sleep, it might be you need more help. It's very difficult to tell anyone how long to wait before increasing the amount used, symptoms vary, the severity varies, stress causes progesterone levels to drop, plus many other factors. If you are using 7ml/day I would stick with this, as it's a high amount, it does take 3-6 months for symptoms to subside. Using progesterone doesn't stop your body making it's own, unless it's used before ovulation, when it can act as a contraceptive. If ovulation has stopped, ie menopause, then it can be used daily, as our ovaries are not making any. Long term use is not detrimental, research has found it beneficial for ageing, please see these papers:
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Take care, Wray

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