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Do You Have Low Progesterone Symptoms?

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Low progesterone symptoms are more common than you think.

The female cycle is a dance, a rhythm in constant motion and we are along for the ride. Estrogen and Progesterone are the dominant hormones that run this cycle every month and they both play important roles.

Unfortunately, our environment around us is filled with estrogen and xenoestrogens which are chemicals that mimic estrogens in our bodies.

Plastics and animal products contain chemicals that mimic estrogen in our systems, creating estrogen dominance. When estrogen levels get too high we see a variety of symptoms such as bloating, fibrocystic breasts, menstrual irregularities, hair loss, PMS and low thyroid.

Many of us need an increase in Progesterone to help balance out the hormones.

As women age and begin to enter perimenopause, we can have cycles where no ovulation occurs. If we don’t ovulate, we don’t produce progesterone and the estrogen in our system begins to dominate and become unchecked. (1)

John R. Lee M.D. states the following “In the ten to fifteen years before menopause, many women regularly have anovulatory cycles in which they make enough estrogen to create menstruation, but they don’t make any progesterone, thus setting the stage for estrogen dominance.

Using progesterone cream during anovulatory months can help prevent the symptoms of PMS.

We now know that PMS can occur despite normal progesterone levels when stress is present. Stress increases cortisol production; cortisol blockades (or competes for) progesterone receptors.

Additional progesterone is required to overcome this blockade, and stress management is important.”

So how do you know if you need a boost in Progesterone?

Low Progesterone Symptoms

  • Irregular Menstrual Cycles
  • PMS
  • Brain Fog
  • Weight Gain (Particularly Mid Section)
  • Sugar Cravings
  • Hormonal Headaches
  • Low Thyroid (cold hands and feet)
  • Low Libido
  • Depression
  • Fatigue

 

These are the most common low progesterone symptoms and most cases can be resolved by using a small dose of progesterone cream.

Bioidentical Progesterone Cream is available over the counter and it’s a great way to give your body a boost in progesterone. If your body was low in progesterone you will see an improvement in symptoms rather quickly. Many women have claimed progesterone cream has given them their life back.

I personally have seen huge improvements in my thyroid function after using the cream and have noticed mental clarity as well as reduced migraine headaches related to my cycle. Need some further info on progesterone?

 

Bioidentical Progesterone Cream contains 20mg per one-quarter teaspoon.  It is applied daily to a thin-skinned area such as the neck, breasts, inner arms, ankles or thighs. It’s best to rotate areas every few applications.

Use after ovulation or around the 14 days of your cycle.

 

Life-Flo Progesta-care Cream is my favorite cream as it comes in a measured pump giving me the correct dose each day so there is no guessing involved. I get the same amount, 20mg of bioidentical cream each time.

Cleaning up what you’re eating will always assist your body in producing hormones.

Inflammation can contribute to hormone deficiencies. Reducing your sugar intake is a great way to reduce inflammation.

For further information, your physician can order blood work to give you a detailed report of your hormones and any areas you may be deficient in. Please consult your doctor before starting or stopping any prescription. 

Let us know what low progesterone symptoms you experience and how you feel after adding in progesterone cream!

 

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31 Comments

    1. Hi Jenn! That’s a great question. If you are pre-menopause then you would apply the cream around day 14 and every day after until you begin your period. Do not apply while you are menstruating. If you are post menopause you can apply the cream the entire month with a week break.

    1. If you are post menopause you can apply the cream every day and take a few days break at the end of the month.

    1. My opinion is it depends on where you are at in life and why your using it. Someone who is over weight and estrogen dominate would use it temporarily till their weight was under control and hormones were balanced. Someone who is premenopausal may need it longer. You can have your OBGYN test your hormones and see how your doing. You can also order a saliva test to do at home and send in. Hope that helps.

  1. hi I am post menopause I have a complete hysterectomy almost 10 years ago I’ve been taking or using the estrogen cream and I’m blowing up like a balloon do you think I should be taken from Progesterone instead ??? Also I have been having problems with my Thyroid the doctor just up my prescription to 75 mg daily I still feel very tired and achy all the time.

    1. I always learned that if your going to take estrogen you need to take progesterone to keep the estrogen in check. Sounds like you have a lot of inflammation. Have you looked into cutting out gluten and dairy? It has helped a lot of people’s thyroids.

    1. Progesterone levels can drop to zero after menopause. If you feel like you need progesterone it may be worth asking your Doctor about. Progesterone is a precursor to other hormones so it could balance things out for you.

    1. There are many women your age in pre menopause that use the cream every day, taking a break if you are menstruating. Everyone’s body is at a different stage so it may be best to keep a journal of how you are feeling or just be aware of what makes you feel best. Progesterone will really help relieve menopause symptoms and keep estrogen dominance at bay. Best of luck to you during this beautiful time of life.

  2. Hi IAM 44 did my hysterectomy 20 days back. My ovaries are not removed. So can I use progesterone cream and when?

    1. Hi Usha, If you have your ovaries your hormones should still function as normal. Progesterone cream is great for estrogen dominance and pre-menopause symptoms. If you’re still having a period you can use it the second half of your cycle between days 14-28 roughly. If your having hormone problems your doc can probably run a hormone panel on you and see what’s going on. Hope you are recovering from surgery well!

  3. I am 80 years old in good health, my gyn doc suggested I start using Premarin topical cream for vaginal dryness, I am concerned that the hormone should be used with Progesterin cream as well, I was only given an Rx for Premarin, can you comment on that for me,

    1. Yes, normally progesterone cream is used with estrogen. You can buy high quality progesterone cream over the counter to use with your Premarin. I’m sure if you called the doc they could address this issue, maybe the doctor had a certain reason for prescribing Premarin?

  4. I’m 44 and had a hysterectomy about 3 yrs ago but still have my ovaries. I’ve been having menopause symptoms for the past 3 months. The weight gain, headaches, breaking out and hot flashes have increased drastically over the last month. I have heard that I don’t need progesterone because I’m not menstrating, just estrogen is this correct?

    1. Progesterone is used for a large variety of issues including men can use it to balance their hormones. There are people who use it even though they are not menstruating. It helps keep the estrogen in check and balance estrogen dominance.

  5. Hi Amanda, I am 41 years of age. Just last month and now starting again this month I have noticed spotting at around day 14 of my cycle. I am on the same BC I have been on for years. Doc says ovaries and uterus are fine. I also have menstrual migraines. Do you think progesterone will be good to try?

    1. I don’t know how the progesterone cream would be beneficial if you are on birth control. Is it possible that your migraines are from your birth control? I get horrible migraines and depression if I am on birth control. I would bring this up with your doc and see what they say, but I don’t have experience using any creams on top of the birth control. Wish you the best!

  6. It’s very difficult for some women to get pregnant, and unfortunately I am one of them. My irregular periods make it difficult for me to know about my fertility days. Ovulation calculator has done a great job in solving my problem. By using this calculator I figured out my fertility days and right after I got pregnant. I will consider it a life saver. Getting pregnant is the most precious moments in women’s life and I am enjoying those moments just with the help of ovulation calculator.

  7. Hi Amanda! I am 45 and am pretty sure I’m perimenopausal. My periods have gotten irregular and I have had three hot flashes. I began using a bio-identical progesterone cream (made from yams) just a few days ago and was initially very pleased with increased energy level and mood. But about day four I noticed that my hair seems to be coming out at an increased rate. Might this be a coincidence, or could the sudden increased hair shedding be a result of the cream? Thanks for any advice!

    1. I know progesterone can stimulate the thyroid which may temporarily cause hair loss. It should be slight though. Progesterone for me has helped reduce hair loss because it stimulates thyroid. If it keeps up or gets worse I would discontinue using it or get your hormones checked. ❤️

  8. Hi my doctor write for me Duphaston because I have low progesterone levels but I won’t to use something naturally what’s your opinion?
    thanks for great plog

    1. I am not a doctor so I can not give you medical advice. Duphaston is a synthetic form of Progesterone. A more natural approach would be a bio identical progesterone. You could always get a second opinion or possibly ask for a prescription for a compound pharmacy for a progesterone cream or suppositories. Best of luck!

  9. The only way to pinpoint ovulation, and your most fertile time of the month, is to start charting and watching your fertility signs. Buy a basal thermometer and take your temp first thing every morning – at the same time every day – before you even get out of bed. Before you do anything at all. Note the temp. When you ovulate, your temp will rise and stay elevated above the pattern you note for pre-ovulation temps.

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