Progesterone for Post Partum Pelvic Girdle Pain

by Ashley

I'll try to give my story in a nutshell...

when I was 4 weeks pregnant I experienced severe low back/leg pain. After my son was born I continued to experience severe pain in the SI joint and then it also began in the groin/pubis symphysis and burning down my inner thighs (not a nerve problem). I have been to countless specialists who say there is nothing wrong with my body, but I have recently noticed that my symptoms get much worse while ovulating and during PMS. Once my period begins, I experience a little bit of relief.

Is this something that could be helped by progesterone cream? Maybe it won't fix the problem, but at least make the pain less severe during certain times of the month?

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Apr 01, 2010
Progesterone for Post Partum Pelvic Girdle Pain
by: Wray

Hi Ashley. It sounds as if you could have peripheral neuropathy, in which case progesterone will help. Particularly as you say it's worse at ovulation and just prior to bleeding. Oestrogen peaks just before ovulation, but progesterone levels are rock bottom, as it's only after ovulation we make any in the ovaries. Just prior to our period progesterone and oestrogen start dropping, but if there is insufficient progesterone in relation to oestrogen, symptoms worsen then too, please see these papers...
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Progesterone is an excellent anti-inflammatory, so much so it's now being used via IV transfusion for brain trauma victims. I would hope it could help you too. Take care, Wray

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