Progesterone for Men?
I am a women who has been taking progesterone for many years with success.
However, My question is for my husband. He suffers from alot of fatigue and low libido, fluctuating energy, foggy brain. I believe this is adrenal fatigue as few years ago we had an enormous amount of stress in our lives. The past few years have been less stress but not exactly stress free by any stretch. He has been trying adrenal cortex supplements and some herbs and supplements, he did vitamin d for a while but seemed to have a negative reaction to larger doses, so now he tries to get out in the sun as much as possible. I tried him with iodine but he couldn't tolerate it and crashed, I think due to the adrenals not being up to standard, which they need to be when taking iodine.
So I am wondering if he might benefit from using natural progesterone? He doesn't have any signs of oestrogen dominance. He eats really very healthy and exercises, is slim and until recent years could cope with alot of stress.
My concerns with progesterone is that I have read conflicting information about progesterone for men. For instance this website http://www.bhrt-resource.com/progesterone-side-effects.html
which says "Lowered libido - Excess progesterone block the conversion of testosterone to DHT causing a lowered sex drive. This primarily happens to men."
and I've also come across comments that it can cause gynecomastia and feminine fatty deposits in men.
Although I have to say that I think progesterone increased MY libido, but is it the same for men?
Having said that I have also read that excess progesterone can also cause women to get facial hair. I do have a bit of this on my chin but I always believed it was from having PCOS which is why I started using progesterone in the first place...and I actually felt it kept the hair growth to a minimum rather than increasing it.
Can you give me any clarity on these questions. They have been niggling me for some time and I would love a definitive answer.
And I would also really like to know if getting my husband to take 10-20mg of progesterone daily would help him at all as his fatigue is quite debilitating.