Take Progesterone and avoid
Estrogens for Relief from Endometriosis
Summary for Helping to get Rid of Endometriosis
The solution to
the disease is to take progesterone to simulate pregnancy and avoid
estrogen intake. Estrogen may come in the form of birth control pills,
hormone replacement, herbs, foods or synthetic chemicals that mimic
estrogen. Progesterone opposes the effect of estrogen and resensitizes the
body's estrogen receptors back to normal.
by Elizabeth Smith, M.D.
- Use a progesterone cream with 500-1000
mg of natural progesterone per ounce.
- For 4-6
months use one and one half or three ounces of cream per month on days 6 though 26 where day 1 is the
first day of your period; this is about one half (1/2) or one (1) teaspoon per day. This comes out to 60-70 mg/day
of Natural Progesterone.
- Rub the cream on any part of the body that
has good circulation before bed time - beasts, neck, chest, legs, arms, thighs, soles of the feet, or back.
- Use a saliva test to monitor progesterone
levels; not a blood test.
- If you
have a lot of body fat, the progesterone must be
soaked up by the body fat first before getting to your body. You may need a higher dose to get rid of the endometriosis.
- Vitamin E 600 IU/day before bedtime
- Magnesium 300 mg/day
- Vitamin B6 50 mg/day
- Take indole-3-carbonol (I3C) 200 mg twice a day. I3C
speeds excretion of estradiol. Use I3C, Dim does not work as well as I3C.
- Cut the dosage of hormone replacement estrogen
immediately to 1/2 of your normal dose while taking progesterone.
- DISCONTINUE estrogen supplements altogether
over a period of 3-6 months.
- DO NOT stop estrogen suddenly or HOT
FLASHES will be the result.
- Do not use birth control pills; use a condom
without spermicide instead.
- HOT PLASTIC in contact with food is VERY
BAD!!! Use glass or ceramics whenever possible to store food and water. Heat up your
food using a glass or ceramic bowl covered with dish. When plastic is heated, it diffuses very rapidly into food.
- Use a simple detergent with less chemicals;
Nature Clean is a good choice for both laundry detergent and dish washing detergent. Natural Value found at Whole
Foods Market may be another good choice. Detergent cannot be fully rinsed from your clothes and is easily absorbed
through the skin. This is an easy change to make.
- Use Condoms without spermicide for Birth
control instead of Birth Control Pills. Use Natural Progesterone instead of HRT.
- In general, the hormones taken orally are
first pass metabolized by the liver 80%-90%. However, when these hormones are applied to the skin, the hormones
are directly absorbed by the body. Thus, any skin dose is 10 times that of an oral dose. The vast majority of skin
lotions and creams use the parabens as a preservative. Avoid them at all costs. Instead apply a vegetable oil right
after a shower to hydrate the skin and lock in the moisture. Check
your natural progesterone cream and make sure it does not contain Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Butyl Paraben,
or any of the Parabens.
The very important changes to
make are do NOT eat HOT plastic. Change your laundry
detergent, no fabric softener, no dryer sheets, change your lotions, soaps,
shampoos, and makeup to avoid xenoestrogens. Avoid
- Avoid Synthetic Chemicals - Read Healthy Living in a Toxic World by Cynthia Fincher Ph.D. See books.
- Simple Soap is a safe choice for shampoo
and a body soap.
- Use natural pest control not pesticides.
- Don't use herbicides; use a cup of salt
in a gallon of vinegar.
- Buy hormone free meats to eat.
- Buy "Organic" produce, produce
grown without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizer or hormones.
Avoid Selected Dangerous Phytoestrogens
- Avoid Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, and
- Avoid Sunflower Seeds, Red Clover Tea,
Camomille Tea, Alfalfa Sprouts, Queen Anne's lace (wild carrot), Pomegranate, Fennel,Licorice, Red Clover, Yucca,
Hops (Beer) and Motherwort.
- Avoid Phytoestrogens that block and interfere
with the action of Natural Progesterone. Avoid Bloodroot, Ocotillo, Mandrake, Oregano, Damiana, Pennyroyal, Verbenna,
Nutmeg, Tumeric, Yucca, Thyme, Calamus rt., Red Clover, Goldenseal, Licorice, Mistletoe, Cumin, Fennel, Camomille,
Readjust your Thyroid Medication
- Cut back the dosage of your thyroid medication,
if your T3 and T4 is normal by laboratory measurements.
- After 2-3 months of progesterone use, it
may be possible to completely eliminate your thyroid supplements.
Do Not Take Synthetic Progestins
- Do not take synthetic progestins such as
Megestrol and Provera.
- These synthetic progestins will compete
with progesterone receptor binding sites and compete with progesterone rendering progesterone useless.
- Immediately lower the dose by 1/2 and lower
it more the second month. By the third month the progestin may be completely stopped.
If No effect is felt after 2 months of
Use - Take a saliva progesterone test
- 5%-10% of patients do NOT absorb progesterone
well through the skin.
- Oral progesterone or sublingual progesterone
(prescription) may be taken 200-400 mg/day or Maca 4 capsules/day (each capsule approx. 500 mg) instead.
- Make sure the progesterone cream is formulated
- Avoid xenoestrogens.