My experience

by M
(California )

I tried natpro for 10 months. I felt better mentally and slept better almost immediately, but my hair was falling out in clumps and my period stopped while using the cream as directed on this website. As I read more about women experiencing the same thing,, I assumed it was estrogen dominance and continued to add more progesterone. I was doing an average of 400mg per day sometimes more. The more I added, there more hair I lost. I read every post on hair loss and each one was met with more gaslighting than the medical community gives. Insisting people just need more progesterone. In my research I came across an apparently widely known back door pathway to dht from progesterone This can easily be googled and I am unsure of why no one talks about it here. I foolishly listened to the stories on this website and lost about 50 percent of my hair. I have miniaturization and no regrow now. I have been off progesterone for 5 months now. The shedding completely stopped after about 2 months of going off the cream. Going off also caused withdrawal symptoms similar to benzo withdrawal because at high doses working on gaba receptors, how could it not. If this site is all about helping women when the medical community couldn’t, how can you have such black and white guidelines. I am 34 and I tested my hormones while supplementing with natpro which showed low estrogen, low testosterone and high dht which means it could not have been coming from my even lower testosterone. My progesterone was in the high normal range. All vitamins and thyroid tested normal. Low estrogen can also cause hair loss. Progesterone can be converted into dht in some women. Stop the gaslighting and educate yourselves.

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Oct 04, 2022
My Experience
by: Joy

Hi M

Sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with progesterone. So many have found that progesterone actually helps with hair loss. Loss of hair can be caused by, or associated with a number of other things as per the Hair Loss page.

Take care.

Oct 28, 2022
Check your level.
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your comment! I found it strange to tell women to keep increasing the dose on progesterone when they have side effects or it just seems not right for them. It's dangerous just keeping increasing the dose. For women who are using progesterone cream, please follow your doctor's direction, and have your levels measured, and adjust your dosage accordingly. I see my GP who specializes in BHRT, and monitor my levels closely.

Oct 30, 2022
Check your level
by: Joy

Not strange or dangerous at all. If the lower dose is not working, increase until balance has been achieved. It is also the quickest way of making progesterone the dominant hormone. The amount can always be reduced once you feel stable as mentioned many times here on the Forum and website. Side effects are due to progesterone stimulating estrogen when first using.

It is always a good idea to have your hormones tested. One needs to look at the ratio between progesterone and estrogen, see here.

Take care.

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