The Amount Of Progesterone To Use
(Palmdale, CA USA)
I have a question about the amount of progesterone to use. Can too much cause your blood pressure to elevate?
How do you know how much progesterone to use or if you need it? I'm perimenopausal, periods sometimes on time or skip 1,2,3 or more months. I'm 55 yrs.
I've never heard that elevated blood pressure levels are a side effect of using too much progesterone (if you are talking about NATURAL progesterone, of course).
On the other hand, if you are using some form of synthetic progesterone (progestins) than you can suffer a wide range of unpleasant side effects. That's one of the reasons why we recommend completely avoiding synthetic hormone replacement therapy.
Knowing the amount of progesterone to use is more a case of trial and error unless you want to go and get your hormone levels tested.
If your hormone levels are tested, you can then get a unique combination of natural progesterone made up for you to meet your current needs more precisely.
Based on my research, it is believed that the majority of women in western countries like the USA are low on progesterone (or out of balance in comparison to their estrogen levels).
This is particularly true as we age. Our progesterone levels decrease the older we get.
If you are starting menopause (it sounds like that is your situation), the recommended amount of progesterone to use is 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. of natural progesterone cream per day, depending on the amount of progesterone per ounce of cream.
You would use the cream for 3 weeks and then stop using the progesterone for 1 week. This will simulate your body's natural hormone cycle.
If you are concerned about using too much progesterone, start at the lower end of the recommendation with 1/8 tsp. per day. Rotate the location of application so you don't get over absorption in one particular area. I use my upper inner arms and breasts as the easiest places to apply the cream.
You should notice an improvement in your hormone imbalance symptoms within a month or two. Actually, several people I know felt the benefits within days. :)
To be honest, Susan, I haven't heard or read of ANY negative side effects of using a good quality natural progesterone cream.
The benefits of reducing your menopause symptoms or PMS symptoms, decreasing your chances of developing cancer, etc., are well worth it, in my opinion.
I'm only 41 and I've been using natural progesterone cream for several years. I highly recommend it. To your good health!