Stopping Progesterone cream

by Joy
(CA)

Hi. I've been using high dose progesterone cream for around 10 months now and unfortunately it never worked for me. I also have several other health issues so I have other things to work on.

I started tapering down a couple months ago and want to stop using it completely. I'm at 200mg and wonder if I can just stop cold turkey or do I have to keep tapering? The low doses made me feel worse so I'm wondering if it's possibly easier to just stop at this point?

Thanks!

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Aug 08, 2017
Stopping Progesterone cream
by: Joy

Hi Joy

Great name! :) After 10 months of using Natpro Progesterone Cream, you should be feeling much better, perhaps your symptoms are a little more severe and require more that 200mg per day. By the way 200mg per day is not that high, many have to use between 400-800mg Natpro per day before progesterone becomes dominant. Once this happens they then reduce the amount of cream very slowly to a level that suits them and their symptoms.

If your Vitamin D3 level is low it will reduce the benefits of progesterone, do you know what your level is? Co-factors are needed when taking D3.

Please do not go cold turkey, be kind to your body and reduce slowly. Please reduce by 20mg and stay on that amount for a week, then reduce again by another 20mg and repeat until complete. Just a warning though, some of those dreaded estrogen dominance symptoms will come racing back.

You might like to read these pages again and the references:

How to use Progesterone Cream - http://www.progesteronetherapy.com/how-to-use-progesterone-cream

Estrogen Dominance - http://www.progesteronetherapy.com/estrogen-dominance

Vitamin D3 - http://www.progesterone-info.com/benefits-of-vitamin-d-cholecalciferol.html

Magnesium - http://www.progesterone-info.com/magnesium.html


Aug 08, 2017
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by: Joy

Thank you!

Perhaps I should have been more specific. I was up to 900mg for several months! I've been tapering down now for a while and the last few months have gone to luteal phase only. I'm just now down to 200mg.

I have many other health issues like low thyroid and severe adrenal fatigue and think I need to concentrate my efforts there now as I feel it has only made my adrenal fatigue worse.

I'm just wondering if it is unsafe to just stop at this point. When I was at lower doses less than 200 before it made me feel worse so I'm wondering if cold turkey could just be easier.

Aug 09, 2017
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by: Joy

Hi Joy

Progesterone actually helps the adrenals. You might like to read Dr Lam's website, you may find it of some benefit to you. https://www.drlam.com/blog/what-causes-fatigue-can-hormones-help/1611/

A Vitamin D3 deficiency will also have an affect, so too does low sodium levels. Have you had these tested? If low in sodium please consider taking 1/2tsp of Himalayan or Celtic salt in some warm water, this might help. NEVER use table salt, that belongs in the trash can. Many have also benefited, myself included, from this Adrenal Fatigue Cocktail:

Take the following 1-2 times/day an hour before or after food. Do NOT use this first thing in the morning. This cocktail will nourish the adrenals when needed.

One application:

• 4oz/125ml freshly squeezed Orange Juice – the vitamin C makes sure that the minerals noted below get to the liver to nourish the adrenals
• 1/4 tsp of Cream of Tartar - this is an excellent source of Potassium
• 1/4 tsp of fresh ground Himalayan Sea Salt - this is an excellent source of Sodium and other minerals

Mix the above at the start of the day with enough liquid for two (2) applications i.e. 8oz/125ml of orange juice. Drink it mid-morning, as well as mid-afternoon. In addition, any time that you are feeling particularly anxious it would be advisable to prepare another mixture and take it.

Please note: For those who have blood sugar problems, use lemon juice mixed with a little water, you are looking for the vitamin C.

As mentioned, if you are considering stopping progesterone altogether, please wean off as suggested. I do not agree with just stopping even at 200mg.

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