Michael Platt
Why there is so much variation with doctors in regards to dosage and timing and for how long when it comes to progesterone?

Why there is so much variation with doctors in regards to dosage and timing and for how long when it comes to progesterone?

Q. A member in one of the facebook groups I follow regarding bio-identical hormones asked why there is so much variation with doctors in regards to dosage and timing and for how long when it comes to progesterone.  They cited a page from Dr. Lee's Hormone Balance Made Simple book.  This is what she highlighted seeking clarification from the group,  I thought it might be best to ask you your thoughts.  Thank you! "We have heard tales of healthcare professionals and pharmacists recommending a 100mg daily dosage of progesterone cream.  This type of medical mismanagement is guaranteed to cause not...

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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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