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#1 of 5 Old 01-03-2010, 03:47 PM - Thread Starter
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Mamas, what do you think it means if you are using natural progesterone cream to lengthen your LP, but you get your period around 7-8 dpo while still using the cream? I thougt that I would not start bleeding until I stopped using the cream (after waiting long enough to make sure I wasn't pg). Am I not using enough? I was using a good amount of it every morning. Or maybe it means the progesterone is not my issue? Any ideas? TIA!

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could be progesterone is not your issue (which is why you REALLY should be tested before using it)

could also be that your body is not soaking up the cream properly which is the other reason I suggest getting tested because then your doctor can put you on a suppository or gel which is MUCH more reliable.

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I used progesterone cream for several months on the advice of my Naturopath. Your period still don't have to stop using it in order to get your period. Theoretically it could lengthen your LP, but as Maeryn mentioned, that's why it's a good idea to get tested.

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Natural progesterone cream has helped a lot of women conceive. But quality AND quantity count! A lot of NPCs don't have enough progesterone per dose to be effective. I read up on it and there should be 30mgs of progesterone per gram. I did a lot of research and finally decided to go with ProgesterAll Natural Balancing Cream. I do a little less than 1/4 tsp, morning and night. it's also important to switch the area of the body you apply it each time (I'll put it on my chest in the AM and on my inner arm in the PM. So check for those much USP progesterone is in each gram (or if they tell you per dose that's even easier)...use it morning and night and switch the area it's being applied to.

Also, because you're tandem nursing, you probably have a LOT of prolactin so your progesterone need may be higher than what a cream can give you... IF it's an option for you to have your levels tested, I would do it. It'd be very helpful to know!

TTC while nursing is such a unique and difficult thing. I'm in that boat and I know how frustrating it can be!

Good luck to you and please keep me posted!

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As the other ladies suggested it really is best to know for sure if you are Progesterone defficient. Have your doctor test you.

Transdermal application (through the skin) has been found to be one of the most effective ways to use natural progesterone. It is absorbed through the skin into the underlying fat which helps to slowly allow progesterone into the blood. This way of application helps the progesterone to be “time released” into the blood stream. To closely mimic the body’s progesterone cycle, it is best to use progesterone cream twice a day.

Natural progesterone cream is easily and quickly absorbed into the body through the skin (within seconds). So you can apply it essentially anywhere as long as you rotate locations of application.

The best areas for application are places that have capillary blood flow such as:
-Upper Chest
-Inner arms
-Palms of hands and feet

When it comes to dosage, more is not better. Too much progesterone can cause hormonal imbalances, just like too little progesterone can. Dr. John Lee recommends a dosage of 15-30mg during the two weeks before your period.

Dr. Lee recommends that progesterone use begin directly after ovulation, which is usually day 12 in our cycles (twelve days after menstruation), and ending usage once menstruation begins. Once you become pregnant, stay on the progesterone.

This is a piece from an article which you can read at this link:

This article in titled "Progesterone Fertility Guide" and may help you understand progesterone supplementation better.

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