what do you guys think of this? do you believe it can be beneficial at all or even for short-term use with a good diet? do you think if you take hormones long enough your body stops producing its own hormones? or do you think your body would be able to kick-in and make hormones again like before?
Progesterone has certainly helped me in the last few months with perimenopausal symptoms. I'm 49.
AFAIK, bio-identical estrogen is only available by prescription and so you would have to consult your care provider about that. Saliva testing is the way to go for hormone levels.
Before going Primal (18 months ago), I used Pro-gest cream for about 6 months to help with insomnia, dryness & weight gain. Once I got my diet tweaked, I stopped using it and have been symptom-free until the last 3 months.
Now I use it to prevent spotting between periods and it has been very effective for me. I've actually had fewer chocolate cravings and less bloating in the week before my period this month.
Dr. John Lee's books have been very helpful to me and worth reading even if you are not approaching Menopause.
My understanding is that it can help the body to balance hormones, since Progesterone is a precursor for the other sex hormones.
Best to use Progesterone in physiological doses (~20 mg) day during days 5-26 of your cycle and see how you feel. Large doses (The horrible Wiley Protocol, for example.) should be avoided.
Besides the (repetitive) Internet chatter and sensationalism can you elaborate on what you know to be bad about Wiley? Our very progressive, anti-aging dr, who is a huge supporter of all that is Paleo and Primal has presribed it to me, and 3 of my friends. (Very serious and curious about your reply-thank you!)
There are a few things to think about. I am posting this as someone who has experience with this as a patient of an MD who works in this field. This post is just my opinion based on my experience.
1) I think you need a blood test to see Where your levels are. If you are low then getting into the "normal" range can really help you. I don't think it is a good idea to go way over your normal range like body builders do, that seems dangerous and unnecessary.
2) You need to think about other symptoms you may have. As someone who has experienced some depression as well as other symptoms of having low levels I feel like it has changed my life. I definitely felt like bioidenticals was a better solution than anti-depressants.
3) I do believe diet is also extremely important, I would try to adhere to paleo (diet and exercise) as much as you can first and if that does to not take care of it then perhaps hormones are a good solution.
4) Depending on what you are taking you need to think about how they are administered and if you can deal with that. Some have to be injected which may not be for everyone. There are typically alternatives but you need to look at the trade offs.
5) Yes, I believe your body will reduce its production if you supplement but I also believe it will go back to what it was if you stop. I am not an expert on this so maybe someone else knows for sure.
6) I suggest you find an anti-aging doctor in your area and go thought this process legitimately. I would not recommend that you go online and just order what you think you need. Contrary to what a lot of people think, there are good doctors out there who work with this stuff. Mine was the person who introduced me to paleo and I am really glad he did.