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by Anonymous

So you are saying that using progesterone cream may or could help me slowly cut back on benzos eventually?

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Feb 07, 2011
Progesterone and Anxiety
by: Karen

I am not a doctor but progesterone cream helps lower anxiety which is typically what a person take a benzo for. You may find your anxiety will go down and then you might ask your doctor if he/she would help you taper your benzo.

I can tell you that it helps me with my anxiety which told me that my anxiety must have been due to an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone.

I hope that helps. Wray will probably have more technical info.

Feb 09, 2011
Dear Karen,
by: Anonymous

Thank You for your kindness and support. I soo much appreciate it. God Bless.

Feb 09, 2011
Dear Wray
by: Anonymous

My story is that when I was 26 had 1 ovary and fallopian tube removed by C section on 1 side due to very large ovarion cyst. Never had children but very high strung. Had some Panic Attacks around 19. Had a severe panic attack around 30 then had anxiety ever since. A doctor put me on Xanax and have been on daily for several yrs.now. Iwent to a Gyno and she took blood and said to go on progesterone cream around my cycle,I did feel better for awhile. This was about7yrs.ago. Don't really Know why I stopped.I am 42 now and using progest cream on my own term everyday even though I have short and erratic periods. Am I using enouph to help reduce anxiety,Insomnia? I also have been getting hives but before progest. Please Help. Thanks.

Feb 14, 2011
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by: Wray

Hi there As Karen says progesterone does help with anxiety, as it activates the GABA receptor sites. GABA is a potent anxiolytic. A lack of vitamin D causes anxiety and depression, plus it also destabilises blood glucose which can lead to panic attacks. Over 50% of people living 33 degrees above or below the equator are deficient. It is essential to have a test done to find the level and either sunbathe or take supplements to raise the level to between 50-100 ng/ml or 125-250 nmol/L for optimum benefit. The minimum daily dose should be 5000IU's for adults. For more info please see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. We do have a page on Anxiety, please read through it as it gives a list of other nutrients which will help too. Take care Wray

Feb 22, 2011
Dear Wray
by: Wray

Hi there It sounds as if you needed progesterone since puberty. The panic attacks, followed by the ovarian cyst indicates your oestrogen was too high. It appears to be still too high, if you've had Anxiety for so long. Please read through this page, as it gives a list of natural anti-anxiety/depression nutrients, some of which also help insomnia. It also explains why panic attacks occur and what to do about them. We also have a page on Coming off antidepressants too, if you should wish to try this. But it's essential to support the body with both progesterone and the nutrients while you attempt it. It's a pity you stopped the progesterone, but I'm happy you've started it again. I would have to know how much you are using to advise on whether it's sufficient. I do recommend 100-200mg/day, are you using this much? Peri-menopause can begin at 42, younger in fact, when cycles become erratic. But maybe you've always had them, and are not yet in P-M? If this is the case it is possible to regulate them with progesterone, but sufficient must be used. Please see our page on How to use progesterone cream for more info on this. And please have a vitamin D test done, most of us have too low a level, and it's often the sole reason for anxiety. For more info on this please see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. Take care Wray

Feb 22, 2011
Progesterone and Anxiety
by: Wray

Hi Karen You're such a darling finding all the people writing in about anxiety, and reassuring them, please don't stop! Many blessings to you! Take care Wray

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