Linda H.

by Linda
(Helena, Mt., USA)

I have been using progesterone cream (compounded) for 20 years.
Lately, I have been having heart palpitations and also gained some weight that I cannot seem to lose. I am borderline pre-diabetic, active, and watch my diet closely, and 74 years old.
I don't know if the progesterone cream is related to my issues and if I should continue it. I do 3 weeks of 100mg/day and one week off.

Would appreciate any insight you could provide.

Thank you,
Linda H.

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Apr 03, 2021
Linda H
by: Joy

Hi Linda

As you have been using progesterone for a long time now, you know how it all works.  It could be that the compounded cream that you are using is not strong enough for you anymore. Try increasing the amount, find an amount that suits you.  Failing which, please consider using a good natural progesterone cream such as Natpro which is a 3% cream.

Heart palpitations indicates Estrogen Dominance, again you are not getting enough progesterone. Heart palpitations can be a scary thing and excess estrogen can cause them. Progesterone, if used correctly, can help these palpitations. Estrogen causes prolongation of the QT interval, which results in palpitations, arrhythmia, and Torsades de Pointes. Whereas progesterone shortens the QT interval, see here and here.

You don't have a monthly cycle so there is no need for you to take a break. Use the cream every day and see how you get on.  Use half the amount in the morning and the other half at night, never use progesterone once a day. Using morning and night prevents progesterone levels from spiking.

Also stress causes progesterone levels to drop, if stressed use more progesterone.  Please read the How to use Progesterone Cream page for more information.  

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