by Natali

Hi, I am 49 and am in menopause. I haven't had a period for 6 years. My question is I have been on about 300mg progesterone for about a year, and I still can't seem to get on top of my symptoms. Mainly sporadic depression/irritability, occasional insomnia, stiff and aching feet which followed a bout of planter faschitis, weird lower back stiffness, which the physio can't work out other than it's inflammation and about 20kg weight gain, mostly fluid.

I feel like 300mg is a fair amount especially seeing as I'm not having any bleeding. I don't have any of the usual symptoms that I used to get years ago in peri with the terrible crying/rage and sore breasts etc. So my question is, is this still oestrogen dominance? I feel in my heart it is, but I don't know when I'm ever going to see any improvement. I follow a very strict anti inflammatory diet and take all of the supplements listed here. The weight is the biggest issue at the moment, because I feel like I am obsessing about it and I know if I lost a little, I would not be so focussed on it and perhaps the rest will follow. Is oestrone the main menopause oestrogen, more inflammatory than oestradiol. I am also trying to incorporate natural aromatase inhibitors into my diet to help.

Hopefully someone can help.

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Sep 13, 2019
by: Joy

Hi Natali

You are still suffering from Estrogen Dominance. I suggest that you increase to 400mg per day and use it every day. Use half the amount in the morning and the other half at night. You will have to experiment to see what amount suits you. Once you feel stable and all your adverse symptoms have cleared you can slowly start to reduce the amount of cream. Never use less that 100mg per day. Please read the How to use Progesterone Cream page.

As you have probably read on this website, vitamin D3 is very important. A deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone. Nothing less than 5,000iu's per day is needed. Optimal range is between 70-100ng/ml. Magnesium and vitamin K2 with no soy are important co-factors needed when taking vitamin D3. See The Vitamin D Council.

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