Progesterone, Stress, Menopause, Heart Palpitations

by Susan
(Goleta, CA USA)

I am 65 years old, and have been using Progesterone Cream (20 mg once a day) for about 15 years, 5 days on, 2 days off. This has kept me pretty balanced the entire time. However, in the last week (during this stressful pandemic time), I have been waking up with major heart palpitations. I used my Progesterone Cream immediately, and the heart palpitations subsided in about an hour. I read here that perhaps I am not using enough Progesterone to reduce the apparent Estrogen Dominance, so last night I used another 20 mg. At first, my face turned red, I had slight heart palpitations, and a minor hot flash, and then I felt my body calm down. I thought that by using the Cream at night, it would eliminate the morning heart palpitations, but I had them again this morning, but a little less intense.

I just started a few weeks ago using Progesterone in the morning instead of at night (which I had been doing all 15 years) because when I was using it at night, I would get heart palpitations when I went to bed! Also, should I not take days off, and use it every day? On my "days off", I always have insomnia and have to take Simply Sleep to sleep.

Thanks for this forum, I have been helped before by it. Wray provided me much information about how Progesterone calms my SVT (tachycardia).

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Mar 23, 2020
Progesterone, Stress, Menopause, Heart Palpitations
by: Joy

Hi Susan

I am amazed that 20mg per day has helped you.
Between 100-200mg per day is usually needed. It should also be used twice a day, half in the morning and the other half at night, please read the How to use Progesterone Cream page. You need to use more progesterone, using too little aggravates estrogen receptors making Estrogen Dominance symptoms worse, heart palpitations is one of them.

As you are in Menopause, progesterone should be used every day with no breaks.

I hope this helps.

Mar 23, 2020
Thank you Joy
by: Anonymous

I really appreciate your guidance. I researched all the information prior to your response, and I doubled my Progesterone Cream dosage. It has helped significantly-it is not triggering the Estrogen response (red face, etc) immediately,now. I am still getting heart palpitations about 11-12 hours after application, but then it is time for another dose.

I also appreciate the confirmation that I can use it every day with no breaks. I have always followed Dr. John Lee's recommendation of 25-26 days on, at least 4 off, so I am glad to know I can use it all the time. I use Life-Flo Progesta-Care Cream, and the instructions say not to exceed 40 mg per day. Can you recommend another product that delivers more Progesterone? I am a little reluctant to increase to 100 mg a day, as all my research books (Dr. John Lee, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Uzzi Reiss) warn about taking that much. I will look around this site for more information about the dosage, but any further information you could give me would be wonderful.

Thanks again for your help, I have no other resource to help me with this, so I am truly very grateful. This site has been a godsend for me.

Mar 23, 2020
I found Nat Pro
by: Anonymous

Hi again, I found the information on NatPro. I also went to their site, as the link here did not work for me. One more concern about increasing Progesterone: I read that it affects GABA receptors and I take 100-200 mg of GABA a day.

Is there any conflict with taking both Progesterone and GABA? Also I take Toprol XL 25 mg per day (beta blocker) for my SVT (Tachycardia). Any problem with interactions?

BTW, I posted here years ago about how Progesterone majorly reduced my Tachycardia.

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