Need advice on using progesterone cream after 7 c sections and hernia repair

by Leah
(Lakeland, Fl , USA )

Hi I'm a 35 year old mom of 7. I have had heavy periods for a long time up until 4 years ago. After my last child was born via another c-section, my hormones went crazy and I had horrible depression and anger issues for 3 years.

I had labs done and was told I had little estrogen and no progesterone or testosterone. I also had very high cortisol levels. I ended up taking a more natural route to therapy and used herbs to get rid of depression and normalise my hormone levels but in recent years, since not nursing, my periods are off. I miss periods, spot or bleed heavy for only 2 to three days. I have bloods clots with most periods. Little sex, dry, and horrible pms and migraine headaches before period starts.

I finally tried natural progesterone cream at 20 mg two times a day for the last 14 days. My periods came after 11 days of use and felt normal but I have had spotting on days 3 and 4. I stoped using the cream when first day of period came but when spotting came I started and had normal flow.

I need directions on how or if I need to continue use using the progesterone cream during my cycle. I feel desperate!! Also what cream do you recommend? I am using Emerita brand as of now.

Thank you for this site!

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Apr 23, 2018
Need advice on using progesterone cream after 7 c sections and hernia repair
by: Joy

Hi Leah

The birth of a child always affects the hormones. I don't believe that any women needs to take extra estrogen or testosterone. The cream that you are using is not enough and will aggravate your estrogen receptors. Between 100-200mg is needed, more if symptoms are severe. Please consider using Natpro Progesterone Cream. I suggest that you use the cream every day until your body adjusts and your cycle becomes regular again, then use the cream by following your cycle, i.e. luteal phase.

Vitamin D3 is also important as a deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone. Optimal range is between 70-100ng/mL.

Please read these pages.

How to use Progesterone Cream

Estrogen Dominance


Apr 24, 2018
by: Leah

I would also like to ask these questions. Is it normal to feel completely exhausted when taking progesterone and not focused?? I am afraid to up my dose because I feel I cannot not function properly now just using 40mg a day. I'm a little weary and very busy with family to become non functional.

Has anyone every experienced these symptoms? Could it be my bodies way of telling me I do not need the progesterone all the time and only before period occurs ??

Apr 25, 2018
Need advice on using progesterone cream after 7 c sections and hernia repair
by: Joy

Hi Leah

Yes it is normal when first using progesterone, it can affect us differently. It takes time and patience and must be used correctly. As mentioned, you are not using enough progesterone cream.

May 01, 2018
Symptoms too!
by: Jenni

Hi there, I'm confused as well. Started the cream a week ago at a dose of 250-300mg for severe physical anxiety and am now having significant neuropathic pain and itchy skin (nerves).

What should I do?? My instinct tells me I have taken too much or am not a candidate for Progesterone? Does that even exist?

Please respond :)

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