Using progesterone cream to stimulate ovulation

by Phoebe
(Gisborne, New Zealand)

Hi there Wray, I have just received my tube of Natpro and now I would like some help as to when I should use it. I have researched your website which is very helpful and I apologise if I am asking something which I have missed from your site.

I have PCO and we are TTC baby number 2. I do not have the classic symptoms of PCOS such as excess weight or excess hair but my ovaries are very cystic and my cycle is around 40 days (sometimes a few less, sometimes more). I am convinced that I am not ovulating during my cycles. I have been charting my cervix position and mucus and have had no symptoms to suggest ovulation since my fist baby was born.

As your site suggests 14 days before ovulation but I do not ovulate, I am unsure when I should start the cream. I have just stopped bleeding from my period (day 8). First baby was conceived without fertility treatment although took a long time and I was having regular acupuncture and I did ovulate (once) which was when baby was conceived. I am having acupuncture again but it is expensive and I would like to see if progesterone will help me as well. I suffer from tiredness, mood swings, loss of sex drive and need to eat regularly to keep my blood sugar levels balanced.

My doctor has suggested a course of Clomid, which I have not started yet. Can I/should I use the cream with this? So with this information could you tell me when I should use Natpro. With kind thanks.

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Jun 19, 2010
Using progesterone cream to stimulate ovulation
by: Wray

Hi Phoebe Most studies on PCO or cystic ovaries suggest inflammation is causing it. This can be due to a number of things, most notably a lack of vitamin D. Are you getting enough sun? Please have a vitamin D test done, as we all spend too long indoors and are too heavy handed with the sunscreen, most of which are highly toxic. Please see this web page for info on sunscreens Sunumbra. A lack of vitamin D causes insulin resistance which is often found in PCO, but not in all women. Although I suspect you have it, as you mention having to eat regularly to keep blood glucose stable. For more info please see our web page on Insulin Resistance. Studies are finding a lack of vitamin D, inositol, cysteine and arginine are low in PCO, and all have helped induce ovulation in studies conducted using these nutrients. We also have info on this too, please see our web page on PCO. This page does give info on how to use progesterone, as it's essential to get a regular cycle going. Yours is too long and erratic, the range is 21-36 days, with a 14 day luteal phase, this is often too short in PCO. The amount of progesterone needed is higher than normal too, but the web page gives all this info, and you can always come back to me if you are still unsure. Please read the studies too. As for the clomiphene, please see these two papers here and here. I would hope they put you off trying it! Far better to spend money on having the acupuncture again. Take care Wray

Jun 28, 2010
by: Phoebe

Thanks so much Wray for redirecting me. I will check out the vitamin D deficiency - I had no idea. Thanks again for such a useful site.

Jun 30, 2010
by: Wray

Hi Phoebe Glad it was of help! Take care Wray

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