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Doctor insights on: How Should I Take Estrogen Progesterone

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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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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


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

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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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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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?

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

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

Estrogen (Definition)

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