Is progesterone therapy a lifelong necessity?
by Marina F
A Google search landed me on this website using keywords “progesterone keratosis pilaris.” I have had KP since childhood. The only time I have been completely KP free was while taking a prednisone steroid treatment for a horrible skin rash that developed after being in contact with a chemically treated wood necklace. I also experienced almost completely smooth skin while doing a vegetable juice fast. Aside from those 2 times, I have had KP bumps on my body that no topical treatment can ever resolve… and I’ve tried a lot!
However with my last 2 pregnancies (both girls), my body had almost no KP bumps. I was really enjoying the smooth skin on my face and arms, and no red dots on my legs. Now that my baby is born and I’m nursing her, not only is the KP back, but it seems worse than ever with itching and KP rashes in places it wasn’t before (back, bum, sides). I concluded that the only thing that is different now with my body is my hormone levels. I am aware that progesterone levels significantly drop after childbirth and while nursing (high prolactin levels). I still take vitamin and mineral supplements, my vitamin D level is at 99 the last it was checked, and my diet is the same. So my hormones are probably the only thing that’s changed since giving birth. I most likely have been low progesterone my whole life. I don’t have a lot of symptoms of estrogen dominance though. At 42, I’ve had normal periods and no breast tenderness my whole life. Menstrual migraines and KP skin with a reddish flushed appearance on my cheeks are my main symptoms that something is off. Perhaps I have low cortisol too.
I am going to try 100-200 mg progesterone daily to see if it helps. I’ve researched and it seems it is safe for baby to use progesterone therapy while breastfeeding. But please let me know if that is not accurate!
I wanted to ask- is progesterone therapy something that is generally used for a lifetime??