Some more questions about using Natpro

by Bonnie
(Edmonton, Alberta)

Thanks Wray for the information to my first post about anxiety, etc. It seems like my response posts are missed so I'll just make a new posting. I'm planning to use the cream every day for 3 months as you advised (142.7 mg or almost 1 tsp a day). To do this, would I:

- Start the cream whenever it arrives regardless of what day my cycle is (almost 1 tsp a day divided into 2 doses). Do I use this same dose for the whole month, or do I have to use more during the latter part of my cycle? Or increase if symptoms worsen?
- If I don't get a period, continue using the cream straight through.
- If I do get a period, do I stop the cream or continue using it (this is during the 3 months that I plan to use it every day).

On the fourth month, to transition to using it only after ovulation instead of every day, I will stop the cream when my period arrives and start using it again after ovulation - is this correct?

Can I apply it vaginally only instead of on my skin?

It seems many women experience weight gain, even on Natpro - Should I increase the dose if this occurs?

I've ordered the cream over two weeks ago and haven't received it yet - how long does it take to get to Canada?

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May 04, 2011
Some more questions about using Natpro
by: Wray

Hi Bonnie I'm sorry if I've missed your other posts, I am a bit behind as there are so many queries! To answer your questions....yes start the cream when it arrives. It might cause you to bleed early, so please be aware of this. If you do bleed continue using the cream throughout the period, and do this for the 3 months you want to try this system. Using the same amount daily is fine, but if symptoms increase, use more. In fact you might find the amount varies, as so many things influence progesterone. For instance if you normally experience bad symptoms the few days prior to bleeding, then in anticipation of this, increase the amount. No need to wait till they hit! If you have added stress one day, increase the amount. There's no hard and fast rule about how much to use, when to use it, or where to rub it. You might find you prefer to use it more than twice a day, many women do. And yes, when you transition, once you start bleeding, stop using the cream, and only start again at ovulation. Yes you can apply it vaginally, I do every night. You might find it a bit much to use all of that in your vagina. And if you do it should only be used at night, as it tends to leak out. As progesterone levels drop after about 13 hours, I suggest you also apply some on your skin in the morning. Weight gain can occur when starting progesterone, no matter the source. As I might have explained, it's the initial stimulation of oestrogen causing it. Watch out for it, and if you find it occurring, increase the amount. A rapid weight gain would be caused by water retention, this is an oestrogen effect. Progesterone is such an excellent diuretic it's now given via IV transfusion to brain trauma victims. A slow weight gain would be the result of oestrogen stimulating fat cells to divide and multiply. In both cases more progesterone is needed to counter these effects. I have heard from another Canadian user that it can take 3 weeks or more to get there. Heaven knows why, as it's coming from across the border! Take care Wray

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