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FDA Approved Bioidentical Prometrium for Insomnia: It Works (For Me)

An image of a woman sleeping on a cloud. Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.comI’ve been taking Prometrium, an FDA approved bioidentical progesterone, for the past month to help me with sleep, and to help with my night sweats and hot flashes. I told you all I would share my experience with you, and the jury is in: it works. 

I am taking 200 milligrams about 2 hours before my desired bedtime. For me, that is between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.  Provided that I am not engaged in any mentally stimulating activity – such as surfing the Internet – I am able to relax and fall asleep very quickly. 

Progesterone is known to make women feel sluggish and groggy; so if you wish to try it, it’s important that you give yourself plenty of time to sleep it off. Otherwise, you will feel the effects of it the next day.  My optimum amount of sleep is between 8 ½ and 9 hours. I can muddle through my day with around 7 hours, but if I get anything less than that, I feel like I have cinderblocks on my feet. Progesterone will only make this worse. So make sure you give yourself enough time to sleep through it!

The standard dose of Prometrium is 100 milligrams. Some women take 200 milligrams per night, and some are even prescribed 300 milligrams.  It will depend on your personal needs and specific health issues which you need to address with your physician.  

The first night I tried it I took 100 milligrams, which didn’t seem to be enough.  The next night I took 200 milligrams and viola! I was sleeping like a baby and did not wake up with any hot flashes or night sweats. I should note, however, that I did phone my physician right away and let her know that I needed to take 200 rather than 100 milligrams.  \She rewrote my prescription for 200 milligrams. 

Self-medicating is not a good idea ladies, and I’m not advocating it!

According to the website, there are potential side effects and health risks associated with Prometrium, which you can read about here.  My personal sense is that because Prometrium is FDA approved, it is legally required that all known possible risks or side effects, no matter how small or how remote, must be disclosed. 

But do not rely on my personal opinion. Please read it for yourself and make up your own mind how you feel about it. 

I would like to add, however, that many physicians and healthcare professionals will tell you that bioidentical progesterone has no known adverse side effects and that there is no research to date which links it to breast cancer.

Again, do not take my word for it. Do your own research and make up your own mind. 

To conclude the matter: my personal experience with Prometrium has been positive. However, what you take from this, any conclusions you draw, or health decisions you make, should be made strictly under the advice and care of your own physician or healthcare provider.

Sweet dreams, ladies!

Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women’s health and a women’s freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.




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Tags: Symptoms of Menopause , Hormone Therapy

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