Progesterone and skin problems excema

by Cathy Bruce
(Phoenix, AZ)

During all my pregnancies, I suffered with a dermatitis-excema rash on my hands and face which disappeared afterwards. Now I am starting menopause and have the same symptoms. Must be related.

I have identified all outside irritants but it still won't heal. I tryed "Now" natural progesterone cream with 20mg of wild yam & balancing herbs to no avail. Is there a good natural progestorone that works better?

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May 31, 2008
Progesterone and eczema
by: Wray

Hi Cathy Yes it could well be related. It would appear you didn't make enough progesterone to counteract the oestrogen whilst pregnant, hence the eczema. Not that oestrogen causes eczema, but it does make you more sensitive to allergens.

Peri-menopause is the time when progesterone is vital for well being. Levels start dropping from the age of thirty five, whereas oestrogen remains at normal levels until menopause, when they drop sharply. It’s the unbalanced ratio of the two that causes the symptoms.

20mg/day is insufficient to help. All the successful studies done on progesterone use between 100mg to 200mg per day. This equates to 3ml to 6ml of Natpro per day. Some go as high as 400-600mg/day, one as high as 1200mg/day as it was oral progesterone. So you could try the Natpro, which would give you the dose I believe you need. Take care Wray

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