How to Use Natural Progesterone
How do you know if you need it?
Progesterone is a safe and beneficial hormone, but you don’t need extra if your body is happily producing its own. The charts and symptom lists on this website should have given you an idea of whether you have a progesterone deficiency (and therefore oestrogen dominance), but to be really sure check to see if you are ovulating. If you have passed the menopause, of course, you are definitely not making your own progesterone. Using a cosmetic progesterone cream would then be an excellent way to restore your hormone balance and ensure that you have the full protection that a healthy progesterone level brings.
Are you ovulating regularly?
One of the most reliable ways of checking for this is to buy a basal thermometer (like an ordinary thermometer but with a bigger scale and just the few degrees either side of normal body temperature: 98.4 Fahrenheit or 36.9 Centigrade).
Beginning on the second day of your cycle (the day after you start to bleed) take your temperature the moment you wake in the morning. Do this before you talk to anyone, or brush your teeth, or even before you go to the bathroom. Just put the thermometer under your tongue the moment you wake and leave it for one minute. Keep a book by your bed to record your temperature. It will fluctuate a little day-by-day, but if you ovulate there will be an unmistakable rise of between half and one degree, on or around day 14. If there is no noticeable change in your morning temperature by day 21 you haven't ovulated.
You can also check if you're ovulating by taking a saliva hormone test for progesterone. Take your saliva sample on day 21 of your cycle, when progesterone should be at its peak. See the enclosed NPIS Products & Services leaflet for details of the NPIS Saliva Testing Service.
How to use natural progesterone
We suggest you consult your doctor or health care practitioner before deciding to use a progesterone cream, and for advice on how much to use. These notes provide an information guideline only.
Natural progesterone can be applied almost anywhere on the body but it absorbs best from soft tissue area such as insides of your arms or thighs. It can also be applied to the face and neck. Progesterone is beneficial for the face, but once it has been absorbed from any area of the body it will reach the whole body.
Your monthly cycle table
Day 1 is the first day of bleeding
Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
How much cream should I use?
Ideally, your doctor will tell you what dosage you need. But if that is not the case, we include some general information here. Progesterone creams come in different strengths so it is important to know how to calculate the dosage.
Many creams provide a measure and tell you how much progesterone each measure provides. If there is no measure you will probably be asked to use a teaspoon as a measure.
A reputable cream should tell you how many milligrams (mg) of progesterone it contains, and the total weight of the cream, usually in grams*. You can use these two figures to work out how much progesterone there is in a half or a quarter teaspoon.
For example, if a cream contains 1800mg of progesterone and the total cream weighs 60 grams, you will get 20mg from 0.6 grams of total cream. This is approximately a quarter teaspoon of cream.
*Note: 1 gram = 1000mg
Up to age 45
Apply 10-20mg of progesterone to any soft tissue of the body once or twice daily, beginning 12 days after the first day of your period. Apply the cream daily for 14 days, and then discontinue. Begin again 12 days after the first day of your period.
Age 45 – 55
Apply 10-20mg of progesterone to any soft tissue of the body once or twice daily, each day of the month, or follow the cycle given for women up to 45, whichever pattern suits your body best.
Once you have passed the menopause
Apply 10-20mg of progesterone to any soft tissue of the body once or twice daily, each day of the month.
If you suffer from migraine
Apply the cream as above according to your age group. As soon as you sense the ‘aura’ that usually comes before a migraine apply 10-20mg of progesterone immediately and every three to four hours until symptoms subside.
How soon will I feel the benefit of natural progesterone?
Each woman is unique. Expect to use a cream for at least three months before experiencing full effect.
Will natural progesterone make me bleed if I have passed the menopause?
No, natural progesterone does not cause bleeding. Occasionally you may experience an unexpected period when first using it. Do not be concerned. This is probably a healthy shedding of your womb lining.
When should I not use natural progesterone?
Do not use natural progesterone if you are pregnant or while you are breastfeeding, except on your doctor’s advice.
How long can I use natural progesterone?
For as long as you wish. Natural progesterone will help protect you for many years to come.