Question about 7-Keto

by Dianne
(CA)

Hello,

I had a hysterectomy leaving the ovaries and cervix two years ago. Prior to that I was on Aldactone for cystic acne and hair loss. I am now on 100mg progesterone at night and two applications of progesterone cream a day for estrogen dominance. I have had great results. I am also taking 50mg of aldactone per day. My doctor wants me to stop taking it but every time I do I start to loose hair, get really aggravated, and start to look less feminine. My sex drive went to an ultimate low and I remembered my doctor wanting to add testosterone because I am low. I decided to try 7-keto in hopes of not losing my hair. I tried a good amount the first day and by day two my scalp was itching and shedding. I now take a tiny bit of 7-keto each morning and my nails and hair are growing, my sex drive is great but losing a little hair and have a short temper. I also started L Arginine. What should I do?!!! Will my hair loss and short temper improve after a while or will I get worse?

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Apr 22, 2013
Question about 7-Keto
by: Wray

Hi Dianne Spironolactone does have androgenic properties, plus a few other adverse side effects, see here, here, here, here and here. When you say you are 'on' 100mg progesterone at night, what do you mean by 'on'? Is it oral? And how much progesterone are you using via the cream? You say it has helped you, but I'm not sure for what, because by all accounts you're not using enough. It does help Hair Loss, as do a number of nutrients listed on the page. Stress causes hair loss, but the main culprit is testosterone. Testosterone plays a very small role in Libido, besides having many adverse side effects in women. There's strong evidence that progesterone plays a major role, but the main thing is dopamine. High Prolactin causes dopamine to drop, so too does stress. Excess oestrogen raises prolactin. It seems the jury is still out over 7-keto, some saying it does and some it doesn't raise testosterone levels like DHEA, see here, here, here and here, and here for 7-keto. We do have a page on Aggression which might explain your anger. And more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. Take care Wray

Apr 23, 2013
Wray
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for your response. I really want to stop taking the aldactone. I tried stopping a few months after I started the progesterone and had to go back on it at lower dose.
I take 100mg progesterone orally at night
I use progest cream twice a day. I measured and found I am taking 1/8th a teaspoon which is 10 g each application. This sounds low. I believe I have had problems of low progesterone for a long time. I have suffered hair loss, anxiety, miscarriages, and many more symptoms. How much should I take? I have ovaries and cervix but no uterus. I am taking vitamin D. I currently put the cream in my vagina for one of the applications. This has helped a lot with itchiness and all kinds of problems I had there. One more thing, I have had really soft bowel movements and need to firm them up somehow! It has only been this way for the past month. I have suffered constipation most of my life so this is really different. Not sure what's going on. Thank you for your help.

Apr 23, 2013
Wray
by: Wray

Hi there I thought as much. Oral progesterone is the least effective Delivery system, "The liver and gut region removed a mean of 96 per cent of the progesterone entering these tissues", see here. So you are getting barely 40mg/day if that. I normally recommend 100-200mg/day, but with that list of symptoms feel you would need at least 200mg/day. We do have pages on Hair Loss, Anxiety and miscarriages, see our Pregnancy page. Progesterone cream is excellent in the vagina for dryness and inflammation, plus Candida. I can't explain the soft bowels as it could be something you've changed in your diet. Progesterone does help constipation to a certain extent, but the amount you're using I don't think would have much affect on it. But you also say it's only been in the last month, and I gather you've been using progesterone for longer than that. So I cant help there. We do have more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. Take care Wray

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