Hello there, I have been recommended by a friend to try Natpro for my PMS symptoms. Two weeks of every month I become quite depressed and extremely tired - and very bloated. I exercise, eat very well (inc no sugar) and have one strong coffee a day. I do not drink alcohol. I am not on the Pill -all the things that I assumed would help diminish PMS! Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Jan 09, 2013
by: Wray

Hi Missy Please thank your friend for me, I do hope it can help you. I see no reason why not, as the timing of your symptoms fits. Normally PMS is caused by progesterone withdrawal the few days prior to bleeding. But in your case it appears to be the entire luteal phase. A normal luteal phase lasts 12-14 days, and is always, in all women, 12-14 days before bleeding. But if shorter, i.e. 8-10 days it's termed a defective luteal phase, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. It could be the correct length, but if your corpus luteum is making insufficient progesterone, also regarded as a defective luteal phase, you will get adverse symptoms. It could be you are not ovulating, do you know if you are? During our monthly cycle oestrogen begins rising round about days 4-5, rising exponentially in the 50 hours prior to ovulation. There is also an exponential rise of progesterone about 50 hours prior to ovulation. There's reason to believe this surge initiates ovulation, which should be followed by progesterone secretion by the corpus luteum. Progesterone should continue rising until mid-luteal phase when it begins dropping, finally reaching it's lowest level when bleeding starts. But oestrogen also rises, peaking mid-luteal phase too, then dropping. If you're not making sufficient progesterone, there is nothing to counter this oestrogen, hence the adverse symptoms. I normally suggest 100-200mg/day, try this and see if it help you. If symptoms worsen, which is explained on our Oestrogen Dominance page, please increase the amount. If your friend is using the Natpro she could give you support and advice, it can be a bumpy ride initially. You can always write back to me too. We do have more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. Take care Wray

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