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If you were just starting Paleo, would you take progesterone?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 03, 2013 at 5:41 PM

A month ago, I asked my doctor about going on progesterone and she said it wouldn't hurt to try it so I am supposed to start the dosage tomorrow for 11 days. Now that I am through the "low carb flu" days (hopefully) and feeling better, I don't know if I should add something into my body right now while I am still detoxing, losing weight and feeling much better. I am estrogen dominant and that is why I asked the doctor about the progesterone. I don't think she would mind if I didn't start the dosage this month and waited till later. But on the flip side, if it will help release fat and get my body functioning better, maybe I should take it now to help with my new diet. What would you do? If you were just starting your Paleo journey, would you add in a new medicine like progesterone?

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:49 PM

Progesterone helps to metabolize fat. Also you only take it in the normal cycle where Progesterone is produced in the body (the second half of the cycle) which is why your Dr. said 11 days. Lack of Progesterone is what causes PMS symptoms and poor sleep…neither being friendly to weight loss. I'd give it a go, keep a journal with how you are feeling. It can also act as a diuretic so you'll be peeing a lot and probably initially lose some water weight.

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on January 04, 2013
at 12:34 AM

Thanks so much! She only prescribed me an 11 day run in a month. Maybe that is not too much to derail my current efforts. I am losing right now and want to keep heading that direction. I need to lose about 20lbs to be in the normal range but 40 would be nice and put me on the lower end of normal BMI.

9bf0cd801ab042614fe6c9a3adbedd2d

on January 04, 2013
at 12:31 AM

I have been gluten free for over a year now and it helped sooooo much but I started feeling like I needed to eliminate other things. I did a clean diet and elimination diet but I am giving up all grains now, most dairy, cheese, soy, and the biggie - sugar! That is awesome about your PCOS and pregnancy. Meds effect my rather strongly so I don't want to screw up how good things are right now.

9bf0cd801ab042614fe6c9a3adbedd2d

on January 04, 2013
at 12:28 AM

Your comment makes me want to try it. Who knows? I could feel even better than I already do. Check out my comment above to Amy B. I don't really feel bad. Everyone is just worried about it and that's cool but I don't want to gain weight but maybe I would actually lose because I felt better. So confusing...

9bf0cd801ab042614fe6c9a3adbedd2d

on January 04, 2013
at 12:27 AM

Thanks for your help. There is so much conflicting information about hormones. I don't want to gain an ounce because I have Thryoid problems and I watch my weight diligently. So I am worried about weight gain.

9bf0cd801ab042614fe6c9a3adbedd2d

on January 04, 2013
at 12:25 AM

Without spilling my medical history all over the internet, :) I had a little scare with a biopsy last summer. Turns out it was a polyp but it scared the pants off of me with having to see a cancer doc and having a D&C. That is when estrogen dominance was first talked about. My doc is being extrememly cautious and probably over reacting but I love her. I now have to have biopsies every 6 months so I asked about progesterone to see if we could counteract the estrogen and help everyone to chill out a little bit including me, my husband and the doctor. This is such a hard, conflicting decision.

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on January 03, 2013
at 06:10 PM

I would say it depends on how severe the effects/symptoms of your low progesterone and/or higher estrogen are. If they're bad enough for you to have seen a doctor to try and get relief, I'd do it. I was eating Paleo for quite a while and still needed help balancing my hormones. Diet can be a HUGE help, but it doesn't fix *everything.* I dunno...you have to decide for yourself. Are you doing anything to get the estrogen down as well, or only focusing on upping progesterone? There are lots of good supps to get estrogen down too, which is another way to tackle this.

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on January 03, 2013
at 05:59 PM

Make sure and take a bioidentical(i think that's the word for it) rather than synthetic. I follow Dr. Brownstein who is big on giving people hormones and he stresses the serious difference between the two. Also, I think taking progesterone is a good idea for many many people with all the estrogen mimickers in our environment.

9bf0cd801ab042614fe6c9a3adbedd2d

on January 04, 2013
at 12:27 AM

Thanks for your help. There is so much conflicting information about hormones. I don't want to gain an ounce because I have Thryoid problems and I watch my weight diligently. So I am worried about weight gain.

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Ca22738a3c3efc400a35c426dfab47a3

on January 03, 2013
at 06:26 PM

If you are indeed estrogen dominant you will feel instantly better by adding progesterone. As Stephen said above, be sure it's bio identical. There is no reason to wait to feel/get better. A Paleo diet will not fix your hormones..it will assist to help regulate but won't fix on it's own.

9bf0cd801ab042614fe6c9a3adbedd2d

on January 04, 2013
at 12:28 AM

Your comment makes me want to try it. Who knows? I could feel even better than I already do. Check out my comment above to Amy B. I don't really feel bad. Everyone is just worried about it and that's cool but I don't want to gain weight but maybe I would actually lose because I felt better. So confusing...

Ca22738a3c3efc400a35c426dfab47a3

(312)

on January 04, 2013
at 06:49 PM

Progesterone helps to metabolize fat. Also you only take it in the normal cycle where Progesterone is produced in the body (the second half of the cycle) which is why your Dr. said 11 days. Lack of Progesterone is what causes PMS symptoms and poor sleep…neither being friendly to weight loss. I'd give it a go, keep a journal with how you are feeling. It can also act as a diuretic so you'll be peeing a lot and probably initially lose some water weight.

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on January 04, 2013
at 01:13 AM

I think if you are only going on 11 days a month, it will be more beneficial to you and the side effects you will have will be less than say someone like me who's on Depo-Provera (methoxy progesterone) and has been for the past 8 years off and on. I am on it to regulate my hormones and for birth control (one two punch if you will). Your diet is so important and I wish I had found Paleo when I first started this. Maybe I wouldn't have had to worry so much about the calcium issues from Depo. Maybe I wouldn't have developed those mystery "aches and pains". Normally I shy away from hormone replacement and weird chemical stuff.

But I also might not have had the seizure control I have been lucky to have. My hormones were really crazy around my time of the month and my cycle wasn't always normal. My doctors were worried that I would have "the big one" and die. I think it also helped stave off some of my thyroid issues by balancing some of my whacky hormones (which unfortunately run in my family). Like you said you've had a scare yourself and you have been given a window of opportunity. Like others have said, if you can counteract the estrogens you should go for it.

I hope your future biopsies show great results. Keep your diet up, it can only help!

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on January 03, 2013
at 11:48 PM

I would wait until trying other things first, because I have found that a suboptimal diet plus progesterone gives me trouble. I do use it now, but only with a fairly strict low carb diet. Many women get fatter on progesterone, and it does have an impact on certain tumors, so there is a downside. Then again, you might want to try a little bit of it for a few days and see how you feel.

9bf0cd801ab042614fe6c9a3adbedd2d

on January 04, 2013
at 12:34 AM

Thanks so much! She only prescribed me an 11 day run in a month. Maybe that is not too much to derail my current efforts. I am losing right now and want to keep heading that direction. I need to lose about 20lbs to be in the normal range but 40 would be nice and put me on the lower end of normal BMI.

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on January 03, 2013
at 10:08 PM

I've been diagnosed with estrogen dominance. My initial progesterone test was in the normal range, so instead of taking additional progesterone, I changed my lifestyle to encourage a lowering of my estrogen. It's sort of how I ended up here.

Since then, I've not been tested again, but a bit over a year later of eating lower carb, gluten free, and more nutrient-dense and my cycles have regulated, my skin has cleared, and my PCOS let up enough for me to get pregnant right away. For me, that speaks to me better than a blood test, but YMMV.

If it was me, I'd give it time for the lifestyle changes to have an effect. You may find you don't even need the additional hormones! Or at least, may not need as much. :)

9bf0cd801ab042614fe6c9a3adbedd2d

on January 04, 2013
at 12:31 AM

I have been gluten free for over a year now and it helped sooooo much but I started feeling like I needed to eliminate other things. I did a clean diet and elimination diet but I am giving up all grains now, most dairy, cheese, soy, and the biggie - sugar! That is awesome about your PCOS and pregnancy. Meds effect my rather strongly so I don't want to screw up how good things are right now.

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