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I had a miscarriage 4 months ago, I'm still not better. My estrogen is 25 & progesterone -5 prolactin 159 CBC normal. Hcg negative &fshn 3.3.? Suggestions please?

I had a miscarriage 4 months ago, I'm still not better. My estrogen is 25 & progesterone -5 prolactin 159 CBC normal. Hcg negative &fshn 3.3.? Suggestions please?

Repeat the prolactin: If you were pregnant, it is unlikely that the high prolactin is due to a tumor. Have it repeated fasting, first thing in the morning before you get a mri. The prolactin will go up with stress and a single test should be confirmed before going for an expensive test like a mri. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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TTC. Before our first iui we did a 250mcg hcg trigger shot on 5/22, then an iui on 5/24. Hcg booster shot (250mcg) on 5/31 and using estrogen and progesterone now. I'm now 14 do from the iui and 7 do from hcg boosterToo soon for urine preg test?

TTC. Before our first iui we did a 250mcg hcg trigger shot on 5/22, then an iui on 5/24. Hcg booster shot (250mcg) on 5/31 and using estrogen and progesterone now. I'm now 14 do from the iui and 7 do from hcg boosterToo soon for urine preg test?

Doctors instructions: It sounds like you are under the care of a good fertility specialist who is managing your treatment. Most likely they have given you instructions on when to follow up for testing. The best thing to do is to follow their advice. You can check a test at home any time you choose ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to do the hCG diet while on progesterone and testosterone?

Is it possible for me to do the hCG diet while on progesterone and testosterone?

Yes & no: HCG diet is not recommend by most physicians anymore so while you can do it, we don't advise it. You didn't mention your gender, but since you mention both Progesterone & Testosterone, I'm guessing that you're female. Regardless, you should address this w/you're prescribing physician so that s/he knows everything that you're doing and can look for potential drug-drug interactions. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm Paleo & cleaned it up more to help lower estrogen. 21day Progesterone 15.8ng. Period this month was 2 days of heavy instead of 5-7 diet do this?

I'm Paleo & cleaned it up more to help lower estrogen. 21day Progesterone 15.8ng. Period this month was 2 days of heavy instead of 5-7 diet do this?

Monitor: It is hard to draw conclusions based on one menstrual cycle. Track them over the next few months. Since you had a day 21 Progesterone test done it seems like you may be trying to get pregnant. If so stay in close contact with your treating obgyn. At age 39 aggressive efforts may be needed to help you achieve your goals ...Read more

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Mom in icu for massive p/e said may be from taking estrogen 50 yrs I take progesterone 10 days/mth scared I have a clot not seen odds?

Possible: Taking hormones may be associated with an increased risk of pulmonary embolism or other clotting disasters.
Some people are hypercoagulable, or smoke or have other risk factors and should not take hormones.
Even people with no apparent risks can have a clot.
You have to weigh the risks versus benefits in each case. ...Read more

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In HRT is it best to take estrogen separate from progesterone or together for symptom relief?

In HRT is it best to take estrogen separate from progesterone or together for symptom relief?

There is some: Recent disagreement on this subject. Best to discuss the specifics with your doctor, or even with more than one doctor for a broader range of opinions and then make the best decision for your individual case. ...Read more

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When I take my progesterone I have signs of estrogen dominance, but when I don't I get hypothyroid again, what should I do?

When I take my progesterone I have signs of estrogen dominance, but when I don't I get hypothyroid again, what should I do?

See endocrinologist: If your Progesterone levels are impacting your thyroid levels to that extent, you probably need to have an expert looking at your overall hormone picture. Your situation is one which merits special attention. Seek out a recommended endocrinologist. ...Read more

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If progesterone is the first hormone to become depleted in middle age, why do women take estrogen and find relief with that?

If progesterone is the first hormone to become depleted in middle age, why do women take estrogen and find relief with that?

Different functions: Estrogen and Progesterone have very different functions in your body's chemistry and physiology. Estrogen replacement has been proven to help with night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, etc. Because of its chemical properties. Some women find relief with progesterone, but the majority of studies show women who have menopausal symptoms show more improvement with estrogen v. Progesterone. ...Read more

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Is it more beneficial to take estrogen & progesterone daily together vs according to your cycle for best relief of perimenopause symptoms?

Is it more beneficial to take estrogen & progesterone daily together vs according to your cycle for best relief of perimenopause symptoms?

Depends: How to take hormones for peri menopause somewhat depends on the symptoms. Most women are having hot flashes and night sweats, caused by lower estrogen levels, so taking estrogen daily is better. The Progesterone is to balance the effect of estrogen on the uterus. For a woman with periods taking Progesterone cyclically is better. Also, it's a little better for breasts to take cyclically. ...Read more

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I've been taking 1mg estradiol + 100mg progesterone for almost 2 months. My estrogen levels are still very low, how long will it take to see increase?

I've been taking 1mg estradiol + 100mg progesterone for almost 2 months. My estrogen levels are still very low, how long will it take to see increase?

Unclear plan: I would clarify with the doctor what you are taking and why you are taking it. The answer depends on the underlying problem being treated. For example, If you have premature ovarian failure then one would base treatment on symptoms not blood estrogen levels. Other diseases treatment could be based on LH/ FSH levels. ...Read more

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Should a 54-year old menopausal woman with no risk factors take estrogen/progesterone and for how long? What are the risks/ benefits as now understood

Should a 54-year old menopausal woman with no risk factors take estrogen/progesterone and for how long? What are the risks/ benefits as now understood

Hrt benefits: The women's health initiative showed that healthy women who are within 10 years of menopause can benefit from HRT for symptoms of menopause, prevention of osteoporosis, dementia, and colon cancer. How long one stays on HRT depends on how healthy you remain. Traditional medicine says 2-5 years. As an age management md, I say as long as you stay healthy. ...Read more

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Is it true your hCG levels start doubling at 6 wks, is it ok to take progesterone cream to bring up my levels for progesterone?

Do not take any : Medication without your doctor's approval. Hcg levels double every day or two in early pregnancy, but there are wide variations in normal pregnancies and you should not try to influence the levels. ...Read more

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What do progesterone creams do? Can they help with low estrogen? If not, what natural supplements could I take to help raise estrogen?

What do progesterone creams do? Can they help with low estrogen? If not, what natural supplements could I take to help raise estrogen?

See your GYN: You need to see your GYN to discuss treatment of menopausal symptoms. There is no natural supplement to raise estrogen levels. If you have or are going through the change, you need to discuss hormone replacement. ...Read more

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I am pregnant (6w) but have low HCG and progesterone levels. Stopped suppositories, told MC was inevitable. How long does it take to start MC?

I am pregnant (6w) but have low HCG and progesterone levels. Stopped suppositories, told MC was inevitable. How long does it take to start MC?

Misscarriages : First of all, I'm sorry for your loss. Usually, your body wii start to expel things in 1-10 days. However, if you don't want to wait your doctor can start things with medications or do a D&C. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Was put on under tounge sublingual bio hormones progesterone and estrogen due to low hormones. How long do they take to work and are they dangerous?

Hormones: Generally a woman of 34 should not need supplemental hormone therapy, especially estrogen. Many woman young and peri-menopausal woman have low Progesterone in the later part of their menses (luteal phase), but not estrogen. I am curious why they were prescribed for you and what tests were used to determine you have a deficiency. ...Read more

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How long does it take zinc to work for low progesterone/estrogen dominance?

Zinc: Zinc does not necessarily work at all for low progesterone/ estrogen dominance which is normal in the first half of the menstrual cycle. To help more would require knowing what symptoms you are having and how you got this diagnosis. ...Read more

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I take the estrogen patch v-dot ans prometrium (micronized progesterone) but can II start bio-identical progestrone with the patch?

Yes: Bio identical Progesterone obtained from reputable compounding pharmacies, works just as well and can be titrated easily. However, you can take one or the other, you can replace the Prometrium (micronized progesterone) with the bio identical progesterone. ...Read more

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Hi estrogen a lo progesterone but cant take bio ident prog, cream since the hormones r not level isn't this why anxiety a depressin?

Hi estrogen a lo progesterone but cant take bio ident prog, cream since the hormones r not level isn't this why anxiety a depressin?

Probably not: The progesterone level only rises with ovulation and with pregnancy. So it should be very low, depending on when it is checked. Hormone levels can affect the mood, but that should also be a cyclic effect that varies throughout the cycle. The bio identical formulations may not offer any benefit — one way or the other. See your Ob/Gyn. ...Read more

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My estrogen level was 5600 before fresh cycle. I was prescribed IM progesterone and PO estrace (estradiol). If my estrogen level was why do I need to take estrace (estradiol)?

My estrogen level was 5600 before fresh cycle. I was prescribed IM progesterone and PO estrace (estradiol). If my estrogen level was why do I need to take estrace (estradiol)?

Unclear: That will need to be addressed with the prescribing physician. The answer likely depends on what problem the doctor was trying to fix and what your goals of treatment are. Without that information there is no way to comment ...Read more

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When do you take progesterone in cycle to treat estrogen dominance?

When do you take progesterone in cycle to treat estrogen dominance?

Day 14-28 of cycle.: The first day of your period/cycle/menses is day one. Take Progesterone the 14th day after your period thru 28th. Explore why you are estrogen dominant in the first place. Common causes include not ovulating (? Hormonal imbalance, stress, meds, excess body fat, sugar/refined carbs), constipation (? Lack of fruit/vegs/exercise, food sensitivites), non-organic foods, and abnormal estrogen metabolism. ...Read more

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Is minigynon 30 high in estrogen/progesterone? Can I take it with high blood pressure?

Is minigynon 30 high in estrogen/progesterone? Can I take it with high blood pressure?

Minigynon hi BP: Is minigynon 30 high in estrogen/progesterone? Can I take it with high blood pressure? ANS: Yes. It is a birth control pill and can in fact cause high blood pressure. I specialize in high blood pressure and happy to do 2nd opinion to help. I also know high BP experts in Jamaica. Do not take if you have HBP until talking with Dr. Run risk of stroke. ...Read more

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Take 200 mg daily prometrium took blood test cycle day 21 progesterone .9 estrogen 40 fsh 7.2 lh 3.9 progesterone still low?

Take 200 mg daily prometrium took blood test cycle day 21 progesterone .9 estrogen 40 fsh 7.2 lh 3.9 progesterone still low?

FSH: age 50: 200 mg. of prometrium will not raise your progesterone levels above what is noted. An FSH of 7.2 is not menopausal, and indicates that you are producing significant levels of estrogen, just not ovulating, which makes the progesterone level only produced by the prometrium. This is normal for age 50, and your ovaries are still active and productive of estrogen. ...Read more

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In HRT when you have a uterus, do you need to take estrogen & progesterone daily for relief or estrogen first half of cycle progesterone second half?

Depends: There are many ways to prescribe estrogen and Progesterone for treatment of peri-menopausal and menopausal symptoms. Some women take estrogen and Progesterone every day. Others take Progesterone for only 10-15 days out of the month. Others might use Progesterone iud to protect uterus. There's no "right" answer, only what you and your doctor have decided is right for you. ...Read more

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I am currently 11 weeks pregnant thru IVF and was told to stop all estrogen and progesterone. Is it safe to stop? And when does the placenta take over?

I am currently 11 weeks pregnant thru IVF and was told to stop all estrogen and progesterone. Is it safe to stop? And when does the placenta take over?

Now: By 11-12 weeks the placenta is producing its own progesterone. This is why you were directed to stop the hormonal supplementation. As always follow your doctors directions. ...Read more

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Hi . I'm 6 days post an IUI. Is it safe to take estrace (estradiol) if my estrogen level was 76? And progesterone suppositories if my progesterone was 7.5?

Hi . I'm 6 days post an IUI. Is it safe to take estrace (estradiol) if my estrogen level was 76? And progesterone suppositories if my progesterone was 7.5?

Yes: I assume your reproductive endocrinologist has a plan, and that these prescriptions were given to you as part of it. Estradiol and Progesterone are very commonly given as part of a fertility treatment plan, but you shouldn't try to adjust your medications yourself. Good luck! ...Read more

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Pregnant with blood hCG levels at 15 DPO are around 6and progesterone =5, which is low?hv I miscarried?my obgyn asked to take promethium.will it help?

Pregnant with blood hCG levels at 15 DPO are around 6and progesterone =5, which is low?hv I miscarried?my obgyn asked to take promethium.will it help?

Recheck HCG: I would recommend you recheck the BHCG in a couple of days. A level of 6 may be negative, based on the lab doing the test. A progesterone level of 5 is low, but I' not convinced you are pregnant at this point. ...Read more

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10 days since hCG trigger shot. When is the earliest I can take a pregnancy test? Taking progesterone vaginal supplements since day after ovulation.

10 days since hCG trigger shot. When is the earliest I can take a pregnancy test? Taking progesterone vaginal supplements since day after ovulation.

If miss period: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more

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Period will start on wedding day. Can I skip triphasic ocp placebo and take continuous estrogen/progesterone to prevent period?

Period will start on wedding day. Can I skip triphasic ocp placebo and take continuous estrogen/progesterone to prevent period?

No: That may cause some breakthrough bleeding.
You may need to switch to a monophasic for a cycle or 2 and then skip the placebo on that or take phase 3 from other packs and continue that till you are ready to get a period. ...Read more

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I have pcos & I'm 5 weeks pregnant, hcg 507 but low progesterone at 6.2. Now taking supplements can I have a successful pregnancy? I also take metform

I have pcos & I'm 5 weeks pregnant, hcg 507 but low progesterone at 6.2. Now taking supplements can I have a successful pregnancy? I also take metform

Yes: You will hopefully have a good pregnancy. But a lower progesterone especially below 5 can indicate that the pregnancy will have a higher chance of miscarriage. It is too early to know. as your hormones go up the ultrasound will hopefully be reassuring ...Read more

Dr. Seth Derman
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Progesterone (Definition)

Progesterone has been found to be helpful in preventing preterm birth in a patient who has a history of delivering babies too early. It can be given as vaginal suppositories. It is most often given as weekly ...Read more


Estrogen (Definition)

Estrogen is a hormone that is secreted by the ovaries and affects ovulation, ...Read more