Endometriosis, birth control pills and hirsutism

by Gergana

I'm 28 year old girl diagnosed and undergone laparoscopy for endometriosis and chocolate cyst. After the laparoscopy i started taking birth control pills but instead of lessening my facial and body hair, it increased it. That is why i want to stop the bcp and to start using Natpro Natural Progesterone Cream.
1. How exactly should i do that?
2. Would the Progesterone cream help with going back to my normal amount of hairiness and reduce it even further?
3. How much should i take for my endometriosis?

I also have acne that the bcp are currently helping with and i'm scared that when i stop the pill the acne will explode. That is why i would like to know how to start using the progesterone cream to both avoid that and to not give the chance the endometriosis to progress.

Thank you,

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Jun 05, 2013
Endometriosis, birth control pills and hirsutism
by: Wray

Hi Gergana I understand about being scared to stop the Contraceptive because of the Acne, but it's not actually curing the problem. It stops or slows down ovarian function, which means it lowers oestrogen and testosterone production, and stops ovulation too. It's the testosterone which initiates acne, see here. If bound to SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) testosterone becomes inactive, progesterone raises levels of SHBG, see here, so preventing the rise of free testosterone and severe PMS. SHBG drops if sugars are eaten, even those found in all grains, legumes, processed milk and sweet starchy fruits and vegetables. Fructose, sucrose and glucose, reduce SHBG by 80, 50 and 40% respectively, see here. Thereby allowing testosterone to rise. It's best to avoid all the foods and sugars mentioned. Wine and beers contain carbs, so it's best to avoid those too. Plus alcohol affects hormone levels in women, see here and here. It decreases progesterone levels and increases androgen levels, both the total testosterone and free testosterone become higher. Sugars and large meals also drop progesterone levels, see here. Plus insulin drops levels too, see here. This means SHBG also drops, testosterone rises, another vicious cycle. It is safe to stop the contraceptive cold turkey, but you might find it gentler to use the progesterone for a month or two before you do. We do have a page on Endometriosis you could look through. It's caused by oxidative stress and large amounts of antioxidants are needed to reverse it. I have found if pain is present 500mg/day progesterone is needed. But if you don't have pain, then far less is needed. But I wouldn't go less than 200mg/day, it is trial and error. We are developing an acne cream, if you are interested in trying it, please would you send an email via this page here. Take care Wray

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