Adrenal fatigue, breastfeeding, cycling

by Melissa

Hi. I am 44 and gave birth to my eighth wonder 6 months ago. I started cycling again at exactly 5 months post partum. I have battled adrenal fatigue for many years and have those keratoses bumps on the backs of my arms and all over my thighs. I had two first trimester miscarriages between this last pregnancy and the previous one. I also tend to have very heavy bleeding from day 2 or 3-4 with 7-8 day periods. I was having 26-28 day cycles before this last pregnancy, but my first cycle post partum was 30 days. I take magnesium, B complex with C, fermented cod liver oil (A and D).
My question is, can I start using progesterone now while I am breastfeeding and what dosage and beginning what day of my cycle? I do not want to prevent pregnancy.

Thanks! Melissa

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Sep 01, 2013
Adrenal fatigue, breastfeeding, cycling
by: Wray

Hi Melissa Well it doesn't surprise me you have battled adrenal fatigue for so many years. Pregnancy and breast feeding take huge amounts out of a woman. Followed by having to look after so many children. You might take great delight in it, but your adrenals think otherwise! They need a break which they're not going to get, so the next best thing is to support them as much as you can. Dr Lam has a very good website on Adrenal Fatigue, this is another you could look at here. Progesterone can help heavy bleeding, about 400mg/day is needed, but there are other essential nutrients you need to take too. Progesterone alone will not be enough. The nutrients are NAC, taurine, vitamin D and the bioflavonoids. There's more about them all on our Menstruation page. There is no known cause to keratosis. But as progesterone and vitamin D3 both stop cellular proliferation, beneficially affect the way genes express themselves, and moisturise the skin, it certainly seems worth trying them. Please have a vitamin D test done, the chances are yours is low, any stress drops levels. Progesterone levels also drop with stress, which could be the reason you have such heavy bleeding. I would suggest you stop the cod liver oil as it contains too much vitamin A. This inhibits the uptake of vitamin D, see here, here and here. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the following websites, Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L, and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Continued below

Sep 01, 2013
Adrenal fatigue, breastfeeding, cycling Part 2
by: Wray

Hi Melissa Yes you can use the progesterone while breastfeeding, see here. Although no longer pregnant, you might like to look at our page on Pregnancy. At the end are some excellent videos on vitamin D and breast-feeding, it's vital for the health of the child. We have a page on How to use progesterone cream. It explains all the questions you've asked. You might like to look through our page on Peri-menopause too. Judging by your age you are now in this phase, or about to enter it. Take care Wray

Mar 02, 2017
Progesterone Cream
by: Lynette

Hey Melissa, hope all is well! Here and here are a couple more links for anyone curious talking about progesterone being okay to use during breastfeeding. Also on Dr. Lam's site I found a couple articles for anyone considering using it for Adrenal Fatigue, here and here. Progesterone cream can be of immense benefit especially for any of us who are also suffering from Oestrogen Dominance, but the second article does mention some side effects being possible (some of them even mimicking Oestrogen Dominance)! If anyone else would like to look at them I'm curious to know your thoughts on the subject!

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