by Louise
(England, UK)

I'm 50 and using around 600ml of progesterone cream a day to manage hot flushes, insomnia and heavy periods. I slowly increased to this high dose over the past 18 months but managed to stop my problematic periods by using continuously. In the past two/three months my periods have returned, lighter tho still painful, and weight has piled on overnight. Night sweats are back. I feel this to be ED again - but why? And do you have any ideas as to how I can manage this? I have removed most stressors and have v good Vit D levels. Thank you.

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Jul 14, 2023
by: Joy

Hi Louise

I take it that's 600mg and not ml? This amount should have helped you greatly, so something is causing your progesterone levels to drop. What is your Vitamin D3 level? You say that it is very good but is it optimal? It should be between 70-100ng/ml. Are you using the cream no less than twice a day and does the cream that you are using equate to that of Natpro?

You are in Peri-Menopause which as you know is a terrible time for most women. Painful periods could indicate Endometriosis and Fibroids. Have you been tested for these? Try rubbing some cream on the painful area as needed. Progesterone is an excellent anti-inflammatory and should help to ease the pain.

The following could cause your progesterone levels to drop:

lack of or drop in 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.

I do not see the need to increase the amount of progesterone that you are currently using, but perhaps address possible things that could be causing your level to drop.

Take care.

Jul 14, 2023
thank you
by: louise

Dear Joy
Thank you so much for your reply and all the info. I apply the cream 3 times a day, without fail. My Vit D tests always show 'high' and I supplement with 10,000 iu daily during winter. I can easily try supplementing now, as you suggest. I don't drink much alcohol and eat organic as much as possible. I'm fortunate in that my energy levels are good, this time around, so I exercise quite a lot. It's a strange phenomenon where, ever six months or so, I need to increase the progesterone! Fascinating, really. Looking back on it, I've been ED all my adult life. Perhaps I'm just highly disposed to my estrogen rising.
A midwife friend told me that even women on continuous HRT have a bleed occasionally, it's the womb lining shedding. I can't thank you enough for all your help. Blessings! Louise

Jul 15, 2023
Thank you
by: Joy

Hi Louise

Vitamin D3 should be taken every day, not only during winter. I live in a very sunny country, I thought that the sun would provide enough D3, but it doesn't for reasons explained on the page given to you to read. I take 10 000iu's every day, my level is around 125ng/ml and I like to maintain it there as that is where I feel at my best. Something for you to think about. What exactly is your "high" result?

Listen to your body, if you feel that you need to increase progesterone, then do so. You can do no harm by doing that. The moment a baby is born it starts with estrogen dominance because of our Environment. There are well over 100 estrogen mimics in our environment as it is. ED doesn't only appear when in menopause. Men also suffer from it.

Progesterone does clear out the lining of the uterus which is estrogen build up. Even women in full blown Menopause sometimes get an occasional bleed. HRT is estrogen, so the lining will continue to grow. Your bleeding is due to peri-menopause. Natures way of preparing you for menopause.

Aug 09, 2023
Toxin exposure
by: Anonymous

Hi there, according to Dr John R Lee MD, what our maternal grandmother is exposed to when pregnant with our mother can affect us. So my grandmother would have been exposed to coal dust and smoke/smog from fires in homes and factories, lead in paint, car fumes and potentially other toxic elements. Worse still, my mother smoked like a chimney.

I now know I was oestrogen dominant from age 10 when I started my period. I had excruciating pains and such heavy bleeds including large clots. The premenstrual symptoms were unbearable and I used to think I was going in sane, quite literally. I never told anyone how I felt and suffered in silence.

Aug 10, 2023
Toxin Exposure
by: Joy

Hi Anonymous

It saddens me that you suffered in silence when there is help out there, mainly in the form of the correct use of progesterone. Sadly our Environment has a lot to answer for.  There are well over 100 estrogen mimics in our environment.  It's no wonder there are so many sick people around.  The moment a baby is born, it is exposed to our toxic environment and Estrogen Dominance starts.  

There are many who think, or are told, by their doctors that their adverse symptoms are due to 'mental' issues.  They quite happily prescribe anti-depressant.  Why when all it takes is the balancing of our hormones.  Why do they often think that menopause means mental issues?  Makes me so angry.  The research is out there for all to read, they only have to put aside their belief in drugs and give natural progesterone a chance to work it's wonders.

Love and light to you.

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