A few days ago, I saw a progesterone cream that a friend of mine gave me a couple of years ago in my cabinet, and decided to just use it up, I didn’t think much of it nor expect anything but this week I suddenly feel energized again and wake up without the alarm clock and ready to go, even if it’s raining or cold. So I started wondering if maybe my progesterone levels were low and I didn’t know it and this cream is helping me. My luteal phase also had shortened by 4 days, I’ll see in a month if it goes back to 4 weeks. Thank you for all the info!
Nikki actually did a little self-discovery on her family’s diet as well. She said her family had always eaten a healthy diet… BUT, that they were a family that did eat pasta, sandwiches and whole grains. So she has cut out gluten and tried to eliminate as much processed sugar and carbs as possible so that she can prepare for a future attempt at pregnancy.
I have a question — I’ve been struggling with what I’ve been told is Hypothalamic Amenorrhea for a few years now. I’ve lost and regained my period several times due to fluctuations in weight, calorie intake, and exercise, but have always managed to get it back by changing my lifestyle. I had my period in January 2012, then didn’t get it again for an entire year. My gyno did bloodwork which was normal, except for low hormone levels (also had an ultrasound to check for cysts on my ovaries, result was negative.) In November of last year I took provera and had a withdrawal bleed, but no period in December. I then got my period this January (same time that I did last year, while I was on winter break from school) after further reducing my exercise, mainly cutting back on running. However, I haven’t gotten another period since.
A: According to the package insert, the most common side effects of oral progesterone that occurred in more than 5 percent of patients during clinical studies were dizziness, breast pain, headache, abdominal pain, fatigue, viral infection, abdominal distention, musculoskeletal pain, emotional lability, irritability, and upper respiratory tract infection. Increased liver enzymes have been reported rarely since the drug has been on the market. For more information, please contact your health care provider. You are encouraged to report any negative side effects of prescription drugs to your health care practitioner and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch, or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088. Michelle McDermott, PharmD
One of the first steps in protecting the health of our breasts and preventing breast cancer, is to recognize its hormonal risk factors and begin to reduce them. According to the experts, almost all risk factors associated with breast cancer are directly or indirectly linked to an excess of estrogen, or estrogen that is not sufficiently balanced with progesterone, as is the body’s accustomed way. Also known as estrogen dominance, the condition was defined by John R. Lee, M.D., as an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone in which estrogen levels can become too high relative to inadequate progesterone levels. Dr. Lee also emphasized that estrogen can become dominant whether levels are within normal range, high, or even low, if progesterone levels are even lower, relatively speaking. This is a common condition during perimenopause when hormone levels are fluctuating, and at menopause when ovarian hormone production ceases altogether. A growing number of experts believe that correcting this fundamental imbalance is at the heart of preventing and treating breast cancer.
Hi! I am 49. I’ve never taken any kind of hormonal birth control my whole life. I’ve always had easy routine periods. I’ve had three healthy children with very easy pregnancies. Suddenly about a year ago I’m experiencing horrible heavy period as with lots of blood clotting and cramping that go on for 2-3 weeks at a time. I may go 1-2 weeks without bleeding and it all starts all over again! I’m also having just about every premenopausal symptom there is! I’ve been trying lots of different herbal remedies that just don’t seem helpful much. Ugh!!! I’m really at whits end here.
I’ve just ordered some of the Beeyoutiful cream – thanks for the info. My naturopath has me on a tonic containing vitex to increase my progesterone levels (I have endometriosis and having been trying to conceive for the past 2.5 years). Is it ok for me to take both at once? She’s not a huge fan of progesterone creams – thinks the vitex is better. But I have been taking it for the past 8 months or so and I think my symptoms are getting worse (shorter cycles, pre-menstrual spotting, pms etc). I appreciate any input!!
I have always been very healthy and have gotten pregnant very easily. The year I turned 30 I had my first miscarriage, followed by 3 more within 2 years. All of the miscarried babies measured between 8-12 weeks. After the miscarriages I experienced stress, anxiety, depression, headaches and dizziness over the year. This was followed by the classic symptoms of low progesterone–in fact, my doctor thought my symptoms were much like menopause. My hormones were tested 2 weeks apart and both showed very low progesterone. My questions now are twofold: 1) What is the cause of my low progesterone? And 2) Is it important to keep my progesterone up? My doctors have seemed to only want to do something if I feel like I need it. I have acne, low libido, foggy thinking, joint pain, and no menstrual cycle, all moderately. I hesitate to do hormone therapy because I do not want to experience the depression/anxiety again. Any thoughts?
Men, children, and postmenopausal women all have lower progesterone levels than women in their childbearing years. What is considered a “normal” progesterone level depends on a person’s age and gender. In women, other factors include whether you’re pregnant and where you are in your menstrual cycle. Progesterone levels fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle. They peak about seven days before your period. And levels can vary during a single day.