Why do some people take progesterone every day and others take it off and on throughout the month?

Why do some people take progesterone every day and others take it off and on throughout the month?

The question often arises about whether progesterone cream should be cycled or used every day. All providers of progesterone cream recommend cycling the cream, skipping either the first week or first two weeks. I am probably the only exception because I recommend using it every day. The reason for this is as follows: progesterone is felt to be an anti-estrogen hormone and helps to protect women (and men) from problems caused by estrogen. If this was the only function of progesterone then it would make sense to cycle it. However, what is not known is that progesterone also blocks insulin and adrenaline,...

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Michael Platt
Cortisol and Adrenaline Dominance

Cortisol and Adrenaline Dominance

Hey Doc,Can progesterone cream be used throughout the female cycle if being used for adrenaline dominance issues? Also, does high cortisol as determined by a 4-pt saliva test indicate adrenaline dominance?Thanks, Julia __________________________________________________________________________ Dear Julia, Progesterone cream can be used throughout the female cycle in order to maximize its effect on managing adrenaline and insulin. The only exception to this in those situations when a woman is trying to get pregnant. In that case, progesterone should not be used for the first 7-10 days of the cycle to avoid the possibility that it might prevent ovulation. A high cortisol always...

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Michael Platt
BC Pills Cause Tumor Growth?

BC Pills Cause Tumor Growth?

Hey Doc, I am wondering if birth control can cause tumor growth. My 16-year-old niece had a schwannoma tumor removed two years ago. There was a small piece left connected to spine. they monitor it and no growth until recently. Found out she had started taking birth control pills and wondering if this could have caused it.Julie __________________________________________________________________________ Dear Julie, An interesting question. BC pills are known to increase certain brain tumors such as gliomas. Schwann cells produce myelin which is how nerves communicate. Progesterone is the strongest stimulant to the production of myelin, so needless to say Schwann cells...

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Early Menopause

Early Menopause

Hey Doc, I wanted to know if this is a beneficial product to use if I am in early menopause? I had my daughter at 30, went on menara contraceptive for 5 years at age 33. About half way through I started getting hot flashes. I didn’t think much of it. I had the contraceptive removed at age 38, then had my tubes tied. After the surgery I have never had a period and my hormones test positive for menopause. My doctors couldn’t explain it. They wanted me to go on synthetic estrogen hormones. I refused. I am now 41....

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