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A 33-year-old member asked:

is it possible to take too much progesterone?

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Dr. Saima Farghani
Specializes in Endocrinology
Progesterone: Yes if your r on Progesterone based contraceptives and taking a higher dose.
Dr. Yvette Westford
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Yes: It is always possible to take too much of anything. That is why there is a dosing schedule and it is generally prescribed. Progesterone in general,can cause many side effects including stomach upset, changes in appetite, fluid retention / swelling, fatigue, acne, drowsiness or insomnia, skin rashes, hives, fever, headache, depression & breast discomfort. All can be made worse by too much of course

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A 21-year-old member asked:

If natural progesterone is so wonderful, why isn't it used by my doctor ?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
Is it so?: While there are some industry-based studies which suggest that natural Progesterone when combined with percutaneous estrogen is associated with a decreased risk of blood clots, most of the time it is the effect of Progesterone that is needed, and synthetic substitutes have this same effect on the receptors for the natural hormone.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of taking progesterone?

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Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Side effects: Side effects of Progesterone are usually mild, such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, and delayed menses. More serious side effects are rare.
CA
A 32-year-old member asked:

Are there foods which contain progesterone?

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Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: Yes, but food sources of Progesterone are very weak.
CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

I'm having an issue with bioidentical progesterone and having trouble with progesterone doses, how should I regulate it?

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Dr. Robert Lang
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Varies: During the normal menstrual cycle, Progesterone levels vary greatly. Thus, for many women who use Progesterone the dose has to vary depending on estrogen levels and other factors. For adjustments, cream rather than capsules allow for better regulation of dose. Generally start with a low dose such as 1/8 teaspoon of Progesterone cream. And work up slowly.
Snellville, GA
A 36-year-old female asked:

Are there foods I can eat that are progesterone rich?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: To eat foods containing chemicals known to be similar (in effect) to the body's hormones is usually a bad idea. The dosing would vary each day because the foods never contain the same amount of chemical from meal to meal, people don't eat the same meals each day, foods from different farms have different levels of chemicals, etc... The only way to get exact amounts is by approved, purified drugs.
Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Food sources such as yams, are very weak sources of progesterone, and likely not of any benefit.
Mar 11, 2019

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