Want to try Natpro for anxiety, etc. but have many questions
Hi Wray, My story starts with having a horrible reaction while being on birth control pill. I experienced major anxiety, insomnia, brain fog, etc. It took about a year to feel better although not completely myself. I realized that I was probably estrogen dominant so I tried Progon B on the advice of a naturopath and experienced the anxiety, etc. again. I didn’t realize that the estrogen receptors were being stimulated so I decided to stop and felt a bit better in a few months. Another naturopath prescribed Armour Thyroid for me and after a few days I again experienced horrible anxiety, insomnia, chest pain, heart palpitations, and joint pain. It has been 8 months and I have improved a little. My theory is that the Armour Thyroid worsened my already-low progesterone by converting it to cortisol? while working its way through my system and put everything into overdrive. Wish I never tried it. My saliva test from ZRT labs showed Estradiol as 2.1 pg/ml (range 1.3-3.3)(day 21 of my cycle for these tests) and Progesterone as 50L pg/ml (range 75-270) and my ratio as 24:1.
I would like to try Natpro but have several questions (please be patient with me as I tend to be OCD and may sound like I’m repeating my questions). You suggested that I start with the higher dose (200 mg) since I have anxiety. Would it be better to start at 100 mg and increase it from there? If I experience estrogen dominance symptoms, (I’m mostly afraid of anxiety and weight gain) should I decrease the amount during that cycle or keep using the same dose for the rest of the cycle and endure the symptoms? How long can the estrogen dominance stage last and do most women experience it? If the estrogen dominance stage is really rough for me, do I stay on the same dose or increase or decrease it?
You also suggested that I could use it everyday for 2-3 months but wouldn’t that prevent ovulation? And will I not get a period for those months that I’m using it everyday? Will it take me longer to overcome the estrogen dominance if I use the cream after ovulation instead? What dose do you suggest if I decide to use the cream everyday and would it be the same dose everyday? I noticed that you suggested a slowly increasing dose for one woman, starting with 1 ml and working up to 15 ml on day 28. Or am I supposed to use the same dose each day? Since the amount of progesterone produced in our bodies in different everyday, does the dosage have to follow our bodies’ natural pattern? How do I start using it to follow my cycle after that – do I just count the days and start 14 days from before my period usually starts based on a 30-day cycle (which is the average cycle for me). I don’t really understand how to use it everyday and then switch to using it after ovulation.
You also wrote the following for one woman who was experiencing estrogen dominance symptoms: “I'm concerned you will get oestrogen dominance symptoms if you experienced them on the progesterone pill. If you decide to use the cream, please start on a low dose (1/8th tsp/day) and increase it very gradually.” According to this statement, would it be better to start low and work my way up? But from what I’ve read on your website, I thought that it’s better to start high and endure the estrogen dominance symptoms, which will pass quicker if the dosage is higher.
It makes me nervous to read of many negative experiences on some websites such as drugs.com or askapatient.com about using progesterone and I just need some reassurance. I’m guessing that they were not using enough but the estrogen dominant symptoms can be a nightmare nonetheless.