Progesterone Questions that I can't seem to find answers to on your site
I've been using natural progesterone cream for about a year and a half and have slowly been increasing the amount I'm using. I'm 45 and have been in perimenopause since around 2017. I will have sporadic spotting, although in May, I had a decent enough bleed to actually use tampons again. Other than a bit of vaginal dryness, I don't have menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, sleep problems, brain fog, etc. I have a few questions that I can't seem to find answers to on your site and I've read everything there is to read.
When using natural progesterone, you advocate for a pretty high dosage per day. For a woman who's estrogen levels are slowly declining as menopause approaches, then is the point to become progesterone dominant by using a continuously high dosage with no breaks different from what Dr. Lee would recommend (24-26 days on with 5-7 days off each month) and I only mention him because he was one of the few out there, other than this site to give a really in depth information about the usage of natural progesterone cream. Doesn't becoming progesterone dominant have its own set of side effects? And from what I understand, after menopause a woman's estrogen levels are very low, so would high dosages still be needed, because is there such a thing as estrogen dominance if a woman's levels are menopausal and there is no more excessively heavy periods and other symptoms of estrogen dominance.
And, can a natural progesterone cream that's fragrance free like Nat Pro or Emerita be safely put in the vagina without causing a disruption of the normal vaginal flora? I've heard the vagina compared to a self cleaning oven. If the cream is safe to put in the vagina, what is the best way to administer it? Can you just put the amount on your finger and put it inside yourself? Or does it have to go deeper into the vagina to be effective?
Thank you, I look forward to your response!