Progesterone levels

by Anonymous

Hi I’m taking progesterone cream 1,000mg+ because my levels are low but it feels like they aren’t really coming up I take 10k iu vitamin d daily and eat healthy. Whenever my progesterone gets really low my period stops completely. I haven’t had a period in months. I don’t have a lot of stress in my life but I do find when my P drops the lower it gets I do get very susceptible to bad anxiety but it’s been alright lately. I am wondering why does P levels rise so slowly? Why does it take awhile? And besides stress, anxiety, diet is there anything else that can stop P levels from coming up?

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Jun 27, 2023
Progesterone Levels
by: Joy

Hi there

Gosh that is a lot of progesterone to use for low progesterone levels. Just how low is it?  What brand are you using and does it equate to Natpro? You haven't posted your test results, these are important.  While every hormone test is important it is the ratio between progesterone:estrogen that is vital.  It should be around 600:1 see here.  

You mentioned your periods so you must be in Peri-Menopause which starts at around 35.  A missed period for 12 months puts you in Menopause. However, the higher amount of progesterone that you are using could also be the reason why you haven't had a period. The body needs to adjust to that.  I really do need more information.  Both Menopause and Peri-Menopause are monsters to deal with, but the correct use of progesterone makes this journey much easier to deal with.

Progesterone therapy is not an overnight fix, it can take 2-6 months of the correct use before one notices a difference, longer if symptoms are severe.  Please read How to use Progesterone Cream.

I am pleased to read that you are taking Vitamin D3, but what about the cofactors and what is your D3 level?

Other things could be causing your progesterone level to drop such as:

lack of or drop in Vitamin D3 levels
high estrogen
high testosterone
high LH
high FSH sugars of any kind
large meals
insulin resistance
high level of phytoestrogens in the diet

Diet is so very important.  Wheat is particularly bad as is sugar, in fact all carbs should be avoided as much as possible.
Take care.

Jun 28, 2023
Progesterone levels
by: Anonymous

Thank you for responding. I am not in menopause or peri menopause I’m in my later twenties. I actually increased to 1,000mg+ because of losing my period. I’ve had low P and have lost my period multiple times because of it. I’ve also gained 35lbs since losing my period I have zero libido and the list goes on. I don’t know what my levels are currently I haven’t had another appointment yet but my dr has said it was very low and my estrogen was normal. I take mag, vit c, b12. I’m currently using Onas cream, I know if I stop it it will make me have a period. I don’t really want to force my body into a period but if I stop the cream for a few days every month to have a period could that have any benefit or should I wait?

Jun 29, 2023
Progesterone Levels
by: Joy

Hi there.

Thank you for clearing your age up. For your doctor to tell you that your progesterone level is very low and estrogen is normal is unacceptable. It's important to know exactly what they are, it's your right to know! Could you phone them and ask to see the test results? It's important that you also take vitamin K2 and zinc as per the page given to you. I also don't believe that you should be using so much progesterone. Have you discussed this with Ona? I trust that this is not the 20% cream! You need to get your period back. You say that you don't want to force your body into having a period, but you are forcing it not to.

Did they test your Prolactin level? It can also cause problems and can affect your libido. Please consider taking Tyrosine - 500mg per day. Insulin Resistance can also cause low progesterone levels, was this tested? It might explain your weight gain. Contraceptives can also have an effect on progesterone levels if you are using it. Please read the Low Libido and Monthly Cycle pages.

Please consider using a good organic progesterone cream such as Natpro which is a 3% cream and was formulated over 30 years ago. Reduce the amount of cream slowly. I would prefer that you reduce SLOWLY to 200mg per day and stay on that amount until your body adjusts and a regular monthly cycle returns. You may need to increase from 200mg to 400mg if you do not find relief but I certainly do not believe that you should be using the amount that you are currently. Your aim should be to get a regular monthly cycle. Once that happens you can address any other issues after that.

Hope this helps.

Aug 08, 2023
Why reduce?
by: Anonymous

Joy why would you suggest reducing the dose?

Aug 10, 2023
Why reduce?
by: Joy

Hi Anonymous

Good question. Usually between 100-200mg 3% progesterone cream is suggested, more if symptoms are severe. As mentioned many times on this website. Those usually a high dose can slowly reduce the amount of cream once they feel stable enough to do so. This will only happen once progesterone has become the dominant hormone. Then slowly reduce to a level that suits you but never less than 100mg per day. One is now in a position to 'maintain' one's progesterone level. Why take a higher amount when it is not needed?

Often illness or stress destroys both progesterone and vitamin D3 and other valuable nutrients. More of these need to be taken during these stressful times. Experimenting is what we all need to do when using progesterone. A dose may suit me, but it may not suit you. Listen to your body and use accordingly.

Hope this helps.

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