Weight Gain

by Anni
(Adelaide, South Australia)

I am still unsure if I should be on progesterone or estrogen.
I am on a product called FEMIGEL which is a "Oestradiol Gel" and it contains 1,5mg ß-Oestradiol and one plunge delivers 1,25g of gel.

I use this once a day but I still have hot flushes ~ although not as much as I would have had I not been on it. My weight has been going up steadly and can't seem to shift it.

What do you recommend I do? Should I go off the FEMIGEL and start with Natpro asap and how long will it take to see any kind of improvement?

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Mar 17, 2011
Weight Gain
by: Wray

Hi Anni I don't believe any of us need more oestrogen, it's rising the world over, in men too. See this excellent web site Our Stolen Future for more info. You might like to read our page on HRT too. This gives you an idea of what oestrogen does if in excess. Oestrogen is a mitogen, it causes cells to divide and multiply, including fat cells. As these are also a non-ovarian source of oestrogen, a vicious cycle starts up. So I'm not surprised you've put on weight. Oestrogen also causes Insulin Resistance which also causes weight gain. Progesterone can rid us of hot flushes, although I've found about 400mg/day for 4-5 days is needed. Once resolved the progesterone should be reduced very slowly. If you do consider using progesterone please read these pages we have on Peri-menopause,
Menopause, and in particular Oestrogen Dominance. This can occur when first using progesterone, and invariably does if a high level of oestrogen is present. As you are currently using Femigel your level will probably be high. I recommend 100-200mg/day progesterone, dependant on symptoms. If oestrogen dominance does occur, I always recommend increasing the amount till it passes. So many factors influence progesterone, not least the amount used. So it's impossible to tell how long it will take before symptoms resolve. One thing I do know the greater the amount used the quicker they go. Take care Wray

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