Why Start Progesterone Cream on Day 10?

by Blake
(Denver, CO USA)

I am fascinated that I am not the only one suffering out there. I thought I was going crazy with heart palpitations, fatigue, anxiety/panic attacks! I've gone to the ER on a couple occasions. This all started 6 months ago, 4 months after a massive vaginal hemorrhage due to a vaginal delivery.

Medical doctors think it's a pituitary injury due to the severe hemorrhage. I've been referred to a cardiologist and an endocrinologist and everything turned out normal. I finally decided to see a naturopath doctor who started me on a progesterone cream yesterday and I felt relief immediately! Is that possible? And why start on Day 10? Can I use it daily? I'm afraid the panic attacks will return once I stop the progesterone cream! (I'm 38 years old and also take Trilevelen birth control pills).

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Nov 11, 2009
Why Start Progesterone Cream on Day 10?
by: Wray

Hi Blake. Very pleased the progesterone helped you, and yes it can give immediate relief in some women, not in others. It can take 3-6 months to really feel a benefit, you were lucky! I'm puzzled about starting it on day 10, unless your cycle is 24 days long? Progesterone should only be used from ovulation, which in every woman is always 12-14 days before we bleed. Using it beforehand it can act as a contraceptive. Talking of which, please see this web page on OC's.

A safer contraceptive is the copper T, please consider this instead of the OC. You mention a vaginal delivery, I take it you mean you've recently had a baby? If so this would explain the adverse symptoms you had, it's post natal depression, although depression itself is often absent. After birth progesterone levels drop sharply, sending 10-25% of women into PND. You can use progesterone daily, no harm is done, but cycles can be disrupted. But as you are on the pill, it should be used only when you take the progestin half of the packet. Incidentally all OC's stop ovarian function, which means you are not making any progesterone at all in your ovaries. Please see the web page on anxiety. Take care, Wray

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