Can Progesterone help me?

by Nikki
(Raleigh, NC)

Hi there... to whoever is reading this! Last month I turned 43 and would like to become pregnant with our second child.

My back story: I had our daughter at age 39. Great pregnancy. After she was born up until now, I have had the most stress I've ever had in my life involving a huge move out of state, loss of a close parent, a nasty court battle with a step parent and a miscarriage last December of 2009. I recall doing some saliva tests to check hormone levels almost two years ago. My testosterone was less than 5. Estriodol 1.2, Progesterone 117, DHEA 2, Cortisol 5.1. Before the failed pregnancy I began acupuncture last October of 2009. At that time I also noticed a lump in my right breast about the size and shape a of small grape. The ultra sound showed a cyst which is painful when I happen to feel it. The TCM is telling me my liver energy is very weak and it's not improving. I've also recently notice some pains in my back. Now, for the first time I missed a period in March, had one in April, missed again in May. I took your questionnaire and scored 46.

I just want to feel better and begin having a regular period again so maybe I can try to conceive. But, how do I begin taking progesterone if I have no idea where I am in my cycle? I bet I'm not ovulating.

When I go see my doctor she wants to put me on Provera? Can you help me please? Thanks so much! =)

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Jun 10, 2010
Can Progesterone help me?
by: Wray

Hi Nikki Please avoid the Provera, it's a progestin which will stop all ovarian function, ie you will not ovulate and therefore will be making no progesterone. If you're hoping to have another child you won't! The lump is most probably a cyst as it's painful, if I'm correct it means you are lacking progesterone. There is little to counteract the oestrogen which stimulates cysts to grow. Stress drops progesterone levels sharply, which is probably one reason you are missing your periods and the reason for the cyst. Stress also causes miscarriages. We do have a web page on pregnancy, with plenty of studies showing how a sharp drop in progesterone causes a miscarriage, and how supplemental progesterone can prevent them. Please see here. As you seem to have had a 28 day cycle, I would suggest sticking to that. But as you missed a period last month, it's problematic when you should start the progesterone! Can you look back to the one in April and working from the first day of bleeding, count 28 days, which is when you should have had the next period. Then counting 14 days from when that should have occurred start the cream on day 15, and use it for the next 14 days. You should bleed then, but if not your cycle obviously needs more time to settle down. Take care Wray

Jun 10, 2010
Progesterone does help
by: Anonymous

Run from the doctor that wants to give you Provera - a synthetic hormone! Look it up on Web MD and read the side effects of the synthetic type progestin. You do have a choice - you can choose natural progesterone instead.

Jun 16, 2010
Can you pls help with detailed instructions - thank you!
by: Anonymous

Hi Wray! I really appreciate your advice, thank you! I am so glad I found you and this wonderful website. I've told many friends about it as it seems we are all dealing with something with all the environmental influences.

I tried to look back and figure out my cycle but to no avail. I began using 1/2 teaspoon in the morning and the same in the evening of Progesterone on June 9th, eight days ago. I would like to get pregnant and hopefully get to a place where I am ovulating and having a regular period. Do you have any advice on how I should use the cream from here? Should I continue until I have a period and then stop, for how long do I stop? Or should I stop after a certain number of days? The more detailed instructions you are able to give me would help me tremendously.

Also, in the mornings I feel very sluggish and a bit shakey in the legs, do you think I should lower the am dose to 1/4 teaspoon? Currently I fill an actual 1/2 teaspoon to measure the dose and I don't know any other way to measure so if you say take 100 mg, etc, I don't know how to do that? Does that make sense? I don't get how to measure in numbers only in measurements.

Lastly, about my cyst in my right breast, I read that Progesterone can help this and make it go away entirely? Is this true?

You are an angel for supplying all this vital information. God Bless you for all the work you have done and continue to do. Warmly... Nikki

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