Irregular Cycles

by Kristin

I am 34 years old, and have been using Nat Pro for about 2 years since I believed I was experiencing Estrogen Dominance symptoms. The Nat Pro cream helped me tremendously after using for a month. PMS symptoms nearly went away fully and I became very regular with my cycles. Then we went into a phase of life that was extremely stressful for about 6 months. I wasn't eating right, gaining weight PMS symptoms coming back strong, and I couldn't buy Nat Pro because they were out of stock, so I skipped a month then used a different cream made from wild yams. I then started developing a lot of symptoms similar to PCOS, my periods began to come 7-10 days late, then only last for about a day. I went to the GYN, and she said she felt a cyst and ran some blood hormone tests- all which came back in the normal range. She suggested an ultra sound, which I declined, simply because I didn't want to pay for it and I also didn't want to be put on the BC pill. So for a month since, I have been using a higher does of the Nat Pro cream, taking extra vitamin D, and magnesium, vitex and maca in addition to a multi vitamin. I have been drinking a lot of teas- raspberry leaf and green tea spearmint. This month my period came at 28 days and had been heavy.

I guess my question would be, would you recommend me going for the ultra sound to get a diagnosis or continue what I am doing?

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May 13, 2015
Irregular Cycles
by: Wray

Hi Kristin I'm so sorry about the stock outs, they were bad last year but hopefully we are on top of stock levels now. I'm pleased the Natpro helped you. Stress can play havoc with our Menstrual Cycle. And if you find your periods are still heavy, we do have a protocol at the end of this page you could consider taking. Before you have an ultra sound done, please read through our page on PCOS, it does give advice on how to reverse it. But it could be you also lack iodine, this is another cause of Cysts. If you suspect this could the cause of yours, please consider taking it. Dr Brownstein is an expert on iodine. Please have a Vitamin D test done if you haven't done so already, it's so important to know our levels. And to take sufficient too, at least 5000iu/day if not 10,000iu/day. Agnus castus has been used for many problems which women suffer from, PMS, mastalgia, menstrual irregularities, fibrocystic breasts, reducing prolactin, increasing lactation and more, see here. But because it has a mild oestrogenic action, levels of 17 beta-oestradiol can increase. One study found mild ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome occurred in the luteal phase, see here. So please be aware of this when taking it. Maca apparently has no affect on oestrogen or testosterone levels according to this one paper, see here. And yet this paper said it increased oestradiol levels, see here. It does appear to increase diastolic blood pressure slightly too, see here. These are two more papers here and here. Take care Wray

Jun 19, 2015
Question about more problems and dosage
by: Kristin

Hi- Thank you for the information! It seems that increasing my dosage of progestrone cream during the 14 days until I start my period is helping regulate my period and decrease my PMS symptoms.

However, I have also now started getting a dark upper lip- melasma I assume, which I've struggled with for a few years during the summer. I notice it in combination with feeling emotional and stressed.

I am wondering- is it harmful for me to start the progestrone cream a few days earlier than when I typically start it? and take it longer? I am just looking to get hormonally balanced across the board, and start to feel as though I'm fighting with my own body.

I have been on a diet for a month of low carb, and mostly veggies and protein, I've been excersising and have lost weight. All of that is great, so I don't understand why the melasma is flaring up again.

Thank you in advance for your recommendations.

Jun 23, 2015
Question about more problems and dosage
by: Joy

Hi Kristin

Increasing the amount of progesterone would certainly have helped you with your periods and PMS. If your periods are regular now, you can use the cream by following your cycle, if not, it is best to use the cream every day until your periods become regular. Please read How to use Progesterone Cream. Please use the cream as suggested on this page and not as you suggest, it will merely mess your cycle up.

Melasma can be caused by excess estrogen, which stimulates the melanocytes. These make melanin, the pigmentation in all skin types. Contraceptives can cause it, see here. It is often a sign of adrenal stress too. It does occur in both sexes, but far more frequently in women, which again points to estrogen. Progesterone can help resolve the problem, as it suppresses the excess estrogen and it takes the strain off the adrenals. These make progesterone before they can convert it into cortisol, one of our stress hormones. Stress drops progesterone levels, thereby allowing estrogen to dominate as already mentioned by Wray.

Vitamin D is vital, do you know what your level is as a deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone. Another thing, the word 'normal' when given your tests results is not always 'normal'. Please look at the Hormone Testing page.

Hope this helps you.

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