Progesterone Side Effects

I was reading your link about what to do to help memory. Is it safe to take 100 to 300mg/day phosphatidyl serine a day to help with memory? Do you know if Rhodiola is safe to take to help memory and the adrenals and how much is ok to take?

Also, I have been using 200 mg Progesterone cream/day and am starting to feel a little flat and a little groggy. Could that mean I am using too much and should back down a bit?

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Feb 21, 2011
Progesterone Side Effects
by: Wray

Hi there Phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylcholine are both vital for the brain. This article has excellent info on them, see here. Depending on the symptoms, the daily dose of PS varies from 100 to 500mg/day. Rhodiola is an adaptogen, and does have antidepressant, anxiolytic, and stimulant effects. It also reduces mental fatigue, but I can find no evidence it helps memory per se. But by redressing the above symptoms it should help both that and the adrenals. It's often used in adrenal complexes. The daily dose varies between 100 to 555mg/day, dependant on symptoms. I would have to know whether you are in Peri-menopause
or Menopause to give advice on the progesterone. I do recommend daily use if cycles are too erratic to follow, or if there are none. I would also have to know how long you've been using it for, as Oestrogen Dominance can occur when first using it, or if the amount is increased. Or if extra stress is experienced, as stress drops progesterone levels. Try decreasing the amount and see if that helps. If symptoms come back, then it means you need more than the 200mg/day. Our needs do vary, sometimes daily, as progesterone is influenced by many factors. One is a lack of vitamin D which reduces the benefits. Please have a test done, and for more info see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. Take care Wray

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