Stress

by Susan
(Boise)

Wray, I have had several big stress events in my life in the past couple of years. I am curently on a bio-identical progesterone cream but still find myself getting really agitated. I believe that adrenal fatigue is part of the problem. Can progesterone help with adrenal fatigue. If so, what strength should the progesterone cream be and how much should be administered?

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Mar 16, 2012
Stress
by: Wray

Hi Susan Yes I have found it helps, for two reasons. The adrenals first secrete progesterone, which they then convert into cortisol. If stressed they rob other sources, notably the ovaries, this then upsets the reproductive cycle. In fact stress can stop ovulation, which means no progesterone is made. Secondly progesterone activates the GABA receptor sites, GABA is one of the most calming neurotransmitters. This is turn lessens the stress response, giving the adrenals a break! The strength of cream doesn't matter, what I have found is 100-200mg/day is needed. But if you've had a great deal of stress you might find you need the 200mg/day to begin with, possibly more. We do have a page on Anxiety with a list of nutrients that all help. Taurine is particularly calming. We also have a few pages you could look at on it's use, I'm not sure of your age so will them them all, see How to use progesterone cream, Peri-menopause, Menopause and Oestrogen Dominance. Please read this last page whatever age you are, as it can affect any of us. Take care Wray


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