by ML

I am curious if progesterone can help pmdd. I have been using natpro as you suggest in dose of 3ml each morning and each evening for over a year now. I take vit d, and iodine also. My problem is not depression, it is anger and mood swings. To the point it is killing my life. I have read that estrogen helps but I am afraid to use it.

If you are going to increase my dose I am wondering how much longer I can afford to continue this use.

Can you please give me some hope.

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Nov 03, 2011
by: Wray

Hi ML Yes progesterone does help severe PMS, or as the doctors now prefer to call it, PMDD. It also stops post natal depression which is worse, and post natal psychosis which is the most severe form. But amounts need to be very high. Dr Dalton would give 800mg/day for severe PMS/PND and 2400mg/day for post natal psychosis. Incidentally she coined the phrase PMS back in the 1950's. There's more info on this page here. Please scroll to near the bottom of the page. I would suggest trying at least 10ml/day, this will give you 330mg/day progesterone. You might have to use more, but it shouldn't be for too long. Then you can reduce very slowly until you find the optimum. Progesterone also helps with anger, see here, here, here, here and here. There are also other nutrients which can help calm you down, please see our page on Anxiety. One of the best is the amino acid taurine, please consider taking it.
I'm delighted you're taking vitamin D, but please ensure it's enough. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml and not the 30ng/ml labs and doctors regard as adequate. Please consider having a blood test done to check your levels. For more info on testing etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. There is a possible link between mood disorders and lack of vitamin D, see here. Too high a level of copper in ratio to zinc can cause anger. If you suspect you are short of zinc, which is low in most soils and therefore food, consider taking 15mg/day. A hair mineral analysis is the best way to determine levels, see here. Oestrogen raises copper levels, progesterone raises zinc levels. Take care Wray

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