Progesterone, Stress, Menopause, Heart Palpitations
(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).