Stopped using Progesterone cream and 9 months later can't sleep

by Gretchen
(Nevada)

I was sure I didn't need the progesterone cream so quit using it last Dec.

Now 9 months later, I have a hard time sleeping, so am now resuming the progesterone cream and expect my life to start picking up and being able to get a good night's sleep is half of good health.

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Sep 19, 2011
Stopped using Progesterone cream and 9 months later can't sleep
by: Wray

Hi Gretchen Please ensure you use sufficient progesterone. I recommend 100-200mg/day, anything less exacerbates symptoms. We do have more info on our pages How to use progesterone cream, Peri-menopause and Menopause. Progesterone does help sleep, see here. Take care Wray

Oct 05, 2011
Should I quit for 5 days each month
by: Gretchen

Hi,
My question is: Do I quit using the cream for 5 days each month. I am 67 years old, as I said, my sleep has been greatly dimenished lately, so I went back on the cream, which I recently bought from Supplement Spot, so will use it up and then buy NatPro to use. I run and speed walk a mile a day, ride horses for a couple of hours each day and try to eat a balance diet, however, this past summer was quite hard on me in the heat. I was more tired than usual and my skin seemed to lose it's elasticity quicker, my hair has been falling out for the past 6 years and now I know that I did not use enough progesterone cream, I followed the advise of Dr. Lee and did not use enought to overcome anything.

Nov 30, 2011
Should I quit for 5 days each month
by: Wray

Hi Gretchen I'm so sorry I missed your post, it didn't come through to me for some reason. You can take a break if you wish, I don't. I can see no point to it. When I first started progesterone 15 years ago, I did take one. But my symptoms always came back during the break, so I stopped and have used it daily ever since. There is a theory that our tissues will be saturated and the progesterone will stop working, I've not found it so. It's excellent for ageing, for the skin too, see here, here, here, here and here. Whereas oestrogen does nothing for the skin, see here and here. Please have a vitamin D test done, as we age our ability to make it in the skin diminishes. It's essential for the normal functioning of every cell, including the skin and healthy hair. For more info on testing etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth, Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. And the minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. This is an excellent video to watch too, see here. Tale care Wray

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