Do I stop progresterone for my cycle to start?

by Sheila
(Washington State, USA)

I am new to taking progesterone at this time. I did begin taking it with my 2nd pregnancy as we had a miscairrage prior, likely to low progesterone that wasn't checked in time. ANYWAY, I am 43 and in a stressfull relationship (special needs/mentally compromised child) so I am constantly having bouts of stress.

After a period of not feeling like myself, I put on some progesterone cream and immediately felt like I could breathe again, clearer in my mind. I had an inner glow, etc. That was 40mg. Very soon I stopped taking it as soon as my cycle started (I spotted a few days beforehand). I tried to wait the 14 days to begin taking it again as most over the counter creams suggest (it was before I found Natpro) but it was like torcher! I didn't think my family would last and I knew things would be better if I took the cream earlier. I began taking it again on day 9 of my cycle and same thing, I felt immediate improvement.

After finding (and sharing it with a few others) I have upped my dose to 100mg/day. 40 in the morning and 60 in the evening. I am in my week 3 of my cycle and experiencing depression, ultra senitivity (my poor family), and even a bit of "why am I even here?". This is a very uncomfortable thing to write, but I share it bc these feelings don't match my amazing life.

I am considering upping my dose and increasing vit d. I am also considering looking at my copper/zinc balance and wondering if copper is related to an overall agression I feel at times. I can tell my blood sugar is very sensitive right now as well and if I at all ignore my hunger response (bc I am distracted by 4 lovely children) that I have a huge flash of anger.

ANYWAY, I am 7 days away from when my next period starts and I really need to know if I should stop taking it again on day 1 of my cycle?

I'd love to hear your thoughts Wray? Either way, I am so grateful for this little haven you have created for women to work this out! Our families' are forever grateful as well.

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Feb 09, 2021
Do I stop progresterone for my cycle to start?
by: Joy

Hi Sheila

Many thanks for your kind words. Sadly Wray passed away a number of years ago, she is missed terribly.

Progesterone, when used correctly, has helped so many women. It is such a pity that you were not using it during your pregnancy as it does help to prevent Miscarriages. I am pleased that you increased the amount of progesterone, the 40mg which is commonly advised by many is incorrect. Usually between 100-200mg is needed. Often more is needed, it all depends on symptoms. Every woman needs to experiment to see what works for them best. As mentioned many times on this website, it can take anything from 2-6 months for the body to adjust to progesterone therapy, sometimes it takes longer. One must expect adverse symptoms to get worse and new ones appear when first using progesterone, time and patience are needed.

Stress destroys so much, including progesterone levels and nutrients. More needs to be used during stressful times. You are also in Peri-Menopause which can be such a difficult time for most women. Progesterone should be used every day with no breaks at all. Actually there are many women who benefit from using progesterone every day whether they or dealing with menopause are not. If your cycle is regular with no adverse symptoms, then use progesterone during your luteal phase which starts from ovulation until bleeding. It is always, in all women, 12-14 days long. All this is explained on the How to use Progesterone Cream page. I suggest that you use progesterone every day going forward. However, that is entirely up to you to decide. Do bear in mind that it will disrupt things, you need to give it time. Please make sure to read the Estrogen Dominance page.

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