Confused about dosages
I cannot thank all of you who run this site enough. I have learned so much and feel I'm finally understanding and starting to get the benefit of progesterone. Like another poster, I have drastically increased my dose and am feeling so much calmer, which I needed due to not only biological anxiety but also many real life stressors that are no doubt contributing to my decline in progesterone.
It's interesting that back in the 90s, I listened to a cassette tape of Dr. John Lee's "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause" book. I did not feel I needed the information at that time, but I most definitely need it now.
I have read Dr. Lee's instructions and also Dr. Dalton's instructions on progesterone use. Dr. Lee was much more conservative with his dosing instructions and I have been following them until a couple of days ago. I finally decided to try a higher dose, as Dr. Dalton would advocate, and am feeling much better quite quickly.
One thing Dr. Lee said concerns me, because I want to be sure I can use progesterone and continue getting positive effects from it, for as long as is necessary, even if that means decades, since I am now in menopause.
I would love to hear comments form those who run this site, since you have much more experience than I.
PLEASE COMMENT ON DOSAGE ISSUES RAISED IN THE INTERVIEW EXCERPT BELOW
EXCERPT FROM DR. JOHN LEE INTERVIEW
"You will find that when you start someone on a larger amount, like the whole jar the first month, ****mg. She will tolerate it very well. She may tolerate it for 3 months or 6 months but then you know something funny happens. It begins not working or she begins to get estrogen like effects.
And what happens is, when you have more progesterone than you need, it doesn't hurt anybody but what it does is to down regulate all of the progesterone receptors. They cannot tolerate the excessive overload that's occurring and they just shut down. And all of the sudden progesterone starts to not be as beneficial as it use to be.
So I am recommending to you that your selling point on your cream (xxxxxxxxxx) is that one jar is worth 4 or 5 months of use. The first month you could get away with using the whole jar but then it should be tapered down to normal physiological doses."
Note: Dr Lee does not endorse a particular brand of progesterone cream.