Progesterone Reduced My Estrogen and Raised Testosterone
by David G. Mills
(Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
Two years ago when I had my testosterone checked for the first time at age 60, I was on statins and my testosterone level was 155 (normal 200 -700) and my estrogen was 46 (normal is up to 50). My LH, which is the hormone that tells your testicles to make testosterone, was 2 (2 to 9 is normal). Since I had low testosterone and low LH levels I went on shot testosterone therapy. Initially I got too much testosterone, and my testosterone levels went to 1176; but my estrogen also substantially increased to 82. I began having gynocomastia (male tits that were sore) and was briefly put on an estrogen blocker.
I went from taking testosterone shots to taking Androgel and about that time I got off estrogen blockers and started taking progesterone, about 30 mg per day. I was also on a statin which reduces testosterone. First tests on Androgel had my testosterone range about 600, but over time, my testosterone fell to 228 and I began to feel lousy again. But, to my surprise after about eight months on progesterone, at 30 mg per day, my estrogen was down to 28.
My Androgel dosage was upped but I still stayed in the normal low range for testosterone until I got off statins and finally my testosterone shot up to decent 450.
Then a curious thing happened. I was having to take about 5 pumps of Androgel 1.62 every day and still my testosterone was low normal (250 -300) if I was on statins.
So my doctor and I agreed I would do a test for about a month. For about a month I took no testosterone and took statins to see what my new baseline for testosterone was. But I really didn't want to feel bad either so I upped my progesterone to 60-75mg per day to help with the bad side effects I get from statins (severe mucsle cramps) and the lousy feeling I get from low testosterone. Unfortunately, the progesterone did not stop the bad side effects of the statins so I quit them after about 16 days and about one week before my test. Off statins and on progesterone alone, I felt fine after about a week off statins.
I didn't think progesterone would make any difference in my base testosterone level and expected it to go back to 155 like it was before I ever started taking testosterone ( when I was also on statins then). When I got my test results I was really surprised -- my testosterone was 348. Now my doctor thinks I don't need testosterone because I am well within the normal range.
I also have bph and had to start taking finasteride when I was on Androgel. I am hoping that upping my progesterone to 60-75 mg per day will help that, but so far my bph therapy is not working.
But in summary, taking progesterone seemed to up my base testosterone from 155 to 348 and lowered my estrogen from 46 to at 26 (when I was on testosterone therapy). My estrogen level might even be lower now.
I intend to stay off stains since I do not have cardiovascular disease and only have high cholesterol (last check was 240 which was great for me because it usually is 280 without them) due to a recent mega study showing that statins don't help unless you have cardio vascular disease.
So it looks like for awhile I will be doing 60-75mg of progesterone per day, and no statins, until something happens that makes me need to change.