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Progesterone For Men – The Missing Link In Man Boob Reduction?

by Garry Davidson on April 27, 2013

Progesterone in Male Breast Reduction

If you weren’t too busy lusting over your high school biology teacher (biology teachers almost invariably being female and hot… why is that?), you may recall that progesterone is an important hormone in women. It’s mainly known for its role in pregnancy. But that probably has you wondering – if progesterone is a pregnancy hormone, what in the world does it have to do with men?

Well you could say progesterone makes men manly enough to get women pregnant. Most of the studies out there suggest progesterone in men has a similar effect to the male hormone testosterone. Like testosterone, progesterone enhances your libido, improves your mood, helps keep your weight down and increases muscle mass, gives you more energy, stronger bones, stronger erections and a whole host of other health benefits. Progesterone also increases levels of testosterone in your body and enhances its effects. At the same time, it reduces estrogen and antagonizes its effects.

It’s no wonder then that progesterone can play a big role in helping you lose those man boobs.

How Does Progesterone Help Get Rid Of Man Boobs?

The role of progesterone has been severely underestimated in men. Depending on the stage of a woman’s menstrual cycle, men can have just as much progesterone in their bodies as women. Most scientific studies have focused on the effects of progesterone on women, and its role in men has been neglected. It’s only recently that scientists have started to realize how important this hormone is in men.

When it comes to determining a man’s masculinity – body fat, muscle mass, libido, sperm count, erections, etc – the latest studies suggest progesterone is just as important as estrogen and testosterone. In fact, progesterone is a precursor to both of these hormones (meaning both estrogen and testosterone are produced from progesterone), so it plays a big role in deciding the levels of these hormones. Where guys with man boobs generally have high estrogen and/or low testosterone, progesterone works, in part, by lowering estrogen, and raising levels of testosterone.

Progesterone Acts With Testosterone

Progesterone has many of its own effects on the body. In men, the studies suggest that progesterone works a lot like testosterone, so much that it can even be considered a second male sex hormone. In a study, published in the book, The Hidden Structure of Interaction, researchers found that progesterone and testosterone levels rise and fall together in weekly and monthly cycles. Both testosterone and progesterone levels rise together in response to increased sexual activity in men.

Progesterone is also the most potent known inhibitor of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a known cause of male pattern balding, prostatic hyperplasia, and prostate cancer. By blocking 5-alpha-reductase, progesterone promotes higher levels of testosterone in your body.

Progesterone Antagonizes Estrogen

Not only does progesterone raise levels of and have similar actions to the male hormone testosterone, it also acts against estrogen, much like testosterone does. Progesterone antagonizes the estrogenic effect on your body via multiple different mechanisms. One such mechanism is via regulation of cell metabolism to promote the oxidative pathway. This prevents conversion of the much weaker form of estrogen, estrone, to a more potent form, known as estradiol.

We know for example, that like testosterone, progesterone reduces estrogen-driven cancers like prostate cancer in men, and breast and endometrial cancer in women.

As men age, both their levels of testosterone and progesterone decrease, while estrogen levels increase. When high estrogen levels are unopposed by testosterone and progesterone, it leads to a condition called estrogen dominance. Amid the myriad of different problems, symptoms and conditions caused by estrogen dominance, it is also the single most important cause of gynecomastia (man boobs).

Known Problems with Estrogen Dominance Known Benefits of Natural Progesterone Therapy
  • Gynecomastia (man boobs)
  • Excess, stubborn and hard to lose body fat, especially abdominal and chest fat
  • Hair loss
  • Male breast tenderness
  • Cellular changes leading to cancer, including breast cancer in men
  • Enlargement of the prostate
  • Inflammation of the prostate
  • Increased frequency of urination (waking up multiple times at night to go for a pee)
  • Heart disease (makes you more prone to chest pains and heart attacks)
  • Depression and fatigue
  • Reduced sex-drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Helps use fat for energy, making it easier to lose weight
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Protects against prostate and breast cancer (both are increasing in men)
  • Increases sexual drive
  • Corrects erectile dysfunction in much the way viagra does, by increasing production of  nitric oxide
  • Helps normalize blood sugar levels
  • Normalizes thyroid hormone function
  • Stimulates new bone formation
  • Improves brain function, has antidepressant properties
  • Improves skin problems including acne, seborrhea, rosacea, psoriasis
  • Diminishes muscular aches and pains, has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Improves sleep pattern

So do you see how progesterone can be a big player in man boob reduction? It’s important of course, for us to focus on the estrogen to testosterone ratio (E:T ratio), but perhaps we’d get better results if we focused on the E:T&P ratio (estrogen to testosterone & progesterone ratio).

If Natural Progesterone Has So Many Benefits, Why Don’t Doctors Routinely Prescribe It For Their Patients?

Since progesterone is a natural substance it can’t be patented for sale at high profit margins. That makes pharmaceutical companies uninterested in marketing and promoting progesterone. If pharmaceutical representatives don’t market a product to doctors, most doctors tend to be unaware of its benefits.

How Can You Use Progesterone To Get Rid Of Your Man Boobs?

If you have man boobs, make sure you see your doctor to exclude any medical causes first. Absent any medical causes, it’s likely your man boobs are caused by an over-exposure to environmental estrogens, in which case your progesterone levels are likely to be low.

If you want to be sure that you have low progesterone levels, you can always get yourself a saliva hormone testing kit.

Using Dietary Tactics

The following nutrients in food are known to increase progesterone levels naturally:

Omega 3 fatty acids: a good source is flaxseed oil, take between 15 to 75ml per day.

Zinc: good natural sources include sesame seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, green peas, and raw crimini mushrooms. Zinc deficiency is very common, especially in those who do weight-training and exercise regularly. For this reason it isn’t a bad idea at all to take zinc supplements. Zinc also inhibits the enzyme aromatase to prevent the conversion of testosterone into estrogen, and can really help you to lose those man boobs quickly.

Walnut

Walnuts do an excellent job at both increasing progesterone and decreasing estrogen. Just two 1-ounce servings per day can keep breast cancer at bay.

Vitamin B6: both increases progesterone and decreases estrogen. Liver, kidney beans, soy beans, navy beans and chickpeas are a good source. Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts are also a good source.

Using Natural Progesterone Creams

Natural progesterone creams are perfectly safe and have no known side-effects when used at a low, physiological dose. Progesterone is very poorly absorbed orally and broken down into unwanted metabolites. Fortunately, it’s readily absorbed by the skin into the blood so transdermal creams are very practical and effective.

Natural Progesterone Cream

A natural progesterone cream is the best way forward. Progesterone applied on your skin, goes straight into your blood, just like naturally produced progesterone in your body does. Pills and tablets on the other hand, have to go through your GI tract and undergo metabolism by the liver.

What Type Of Progesterone Cream Should You Buy?

It’s very important to opt for the natural variety. Pharmaceutical companies made a lot of mony at one time producing and selling a synthetic version called progestins. These were soon found to have quite a few undesirable side-effects.

The progesterone cream you buy should contain “USP progesterone”, where  USP stands for “United States Pharmacopia” which refers to the grade or purity of the product. Opt for a cream that contains 400-500 mg of progesterone per ounce (like this one) and states so clearly on the label.

How Should You Apply The Cream?

As advised by leading progesterone expert, Dr. John Lee, you should aim to use no more than 8-10 mg per day. So with a cream that contains 400-500 mg of progesterone, use one eighth of a teaspoon (0.6 ml) once per day.

Rub the cream on any one of the following body parts daily:

  • Chest
  • Inner Arms
  • Inner Thighs
  • Abdomen

The cream you buy may tell you to use more than just 0.6 ml once per day, but keep in mind that most progesterone creams are made with women in mind. Because of the early misconception that both estrogen and progesterone only play major roles in women, most information, materials, books and treatments for estrogen dominance are tailored around women. Women naturally have more progesterone in their bodies than men, so they require a higher dose of the cream to achieve hormonal balance.

But don’t forget. Just because women are getting all the attention with their estrogen excess, doesn’t mean YOU don’t suffer from it as well. Your man boobs are testament to the fact that you do suffer from estrogen dominance and you should do everything in your power to correct it so you can fix your chest and live a normal life.

How Long Should You Use Progesterone For?

This depends on your progesterone levels. If you do a saliva test and find that your progesterone levels are low, then continue to use progesterone for as long as your levels remain low. If this is the case then I’d advise you see your doctor just so they can keep an eye on your levels and the dosage of progesterone you use.

If however you don’t do a saliva test, then give progesterone a trial – see if it works for you. Many have reported benefits within a few days of using a progesterone cream, while for others it can take a little longer. If you feel progesterone isn’t helping you after 3 months of use, then stop using it and focus your efforts on other methods of man boob reduction.

If you find that progesterone creams are working for you, then I still want you to taper it down after 3 months. It’s OK to use an over-the-counter cream to help you get rid of your man boobs, but you don’t want to be using hormone modification therapy for the rest of  your life just to maintain a flat chest. You should be relying on lifestyle modification as discussed in How To Lose Man Boobs Naturally.

If your man boobs come back as soon as you stop using progesterone, then you must see your doctor and get a hormone test.

Where Can You Get Natural Progesterone Creams From?

Natural progesterone creams are readily available over the counter, so you should be able to find some at your local chemist or drug store. Take a look at the ingredients list and make sure the cream contains “USP progesterone”, very important.

You can also order a progesterone cream online here. This particular cream contains 450 mg of USP progesterone per ounce, which is just what you need. If you prefer to get a cream that is specifically designed for men, you can get one here.

Where Can You Learn More About Progesterone?

Dr John R. Lee was a leading expert on progesterone and its benefits on the human body. Here is an interesting article on his website, entitled ‘Hormone Balance In Males’:

http://www.johnleemd.com/store/male_hormone.html

Most of Dr Lee’s work on progesterone in males focuses on the prostate rather than on gynecomastia and man boobs. But this is all still very relevant to you and me because the hormonal changes that cause prostatic enlargement are very similar to those that cause the development of man boobs.

Be Warned However…

Progesterone can be awesome, I’ve seen it work wonders for some guys, and do nothing for others. The only way to find out what it’ll do for you is to give it a try. If you’re not too convinced, do some more reading around the net. You’ll find there are very few, if any, complaints about side-effects from people who use a quality natural progesterone (here, here and here).

If you do try it, make sure you give it around 3 months to have an effect. Though you can notice its effects much earlier, it takes longer to work on some people than it does on others.

Right, so the warning…

Progesterone does NOT replace a good diet, lifestyle and exercise regime. If you are overweight for example, nothing will help you more than bringing your weight down. Progesterone can help of course, but you must also do the right type of exercise and eat well. If you have man boobs, you have to follow a system that covers all of your hormonal bases – not just progesterone, but also all of your causes and sources of high estrogen, low testosterone, and high insulin.

When Will Progesterone NOT Work?

When it comes to losing man boobs, progesterone is just one piece of the puzzle. To successfully reduce man boobs, you need to follow a full, comprehensive program on natural male breast reduction. Progesterone can really help accelerate your results if, at the same time, you’re following a good male breast reduction diet, exercise and lifestyle regimen. But you’ll only be wasting your money if progesterone is the only thing you use.

From what I’ve seen, if you apply progesterone while following the guidance in How To Lose Man Boobs Naturally, you can’t go wrong. You can learn more about male breast reduction in this free video:

http://chestsculpting.com/how-to-lose-man-boobs-naturally-free-video/

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kerwyn Belford May 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Can I put progesterone cream before exercising. When is the best time??

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2 Garry Davidson May 23, 2013 at 10:25 pm

I don’t think there’s any consensus on when is a best time to apply progesterone. What we do know is that most of your testosterone is produced in the later hours of sleep, just before you wake. So I apply my progesterone before going to bed. I very much doubt there’s any added benefit in applying progesterone just before exercise.

Please don’t expect any immediate results in your chest. Like any supplement, progesterone takes time to have its effect. Also, progesterone is only meant as a supplement to exercise and good nutrition. The one immediate effect me and many of my clients have noticed with progesterone, is that it’s an awesome natural way to boost your libido, an indication that it’s testosterone-enhancing effects are working.

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3 justin hill January 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Great info..I’ve been using progesterone cream to lower dht..I’ve read some studies that claim progesterone lowers free testosterone in men.That is something we certainly do not want..What are your thoughts?

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4 Garry Davidson March 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

From what I understand Justin, progesterone normalizes your hormone levels. If your testosterone levels are low, then progesterone will help increase your testosterone levels. If your testosterone levels are already normal, then progesterone will not raise or lower testosterone. If your testosterone levels are high, then progesterone will lower your testosterone levels.

So before you take progesterone, always make sure you check your hormone levels first.

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5 vidhan May 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm

i cant order anything online , is it available in supermarkets ? pls name the brands if so

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6 Garry Davidson May 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Hi Vidhan, I’m afraid I’ve only ever ordered my progesterone online. You could try asking at your local health store.

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7 davidgmills May 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I am almost 63. About two years ago I was diagnosed with low testosterone and put on high levels of testosterone due to low LH. I got gynocomastia and shrunken testicle sac (felt like my balls wanted to ascend to my abdomen). My estrogen increased from 46 to 86. I started taking progesterone and overnight my gynocomastia and shrunken sac went away. I was amazed.

It appears that my low testosterone might have been caused by statins and low progesterone. Getting off statins and getting on progesterone has made my testosterone normal enough that my doctors will not prescribe it for me. Also being only on progesterone has reduced the size of my enlarged prostate to the point where my urologist says it is normal for my age although peeing is still difficult. But for me progesterone, decreased my estrogen, probably increased my testosterone, decreased the size of my prostate, got rid of gynocomastia and shrunken sac and upped my mood. Not bad.

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8 Garry Davidson May 25, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Hi David

Thanks for sharing your story. Progesterone is great stuff. From what I can tell, the body takes from it what it needs. If you are low in testosterone, it will use progesterone to make testosterone. If your testosterone levels are already normal, it won’t make excess testosterone. It balances things out, which is why there are very few known side-effects if any. It’s generally far better to take progesterone than testosterone.

Did you self-medicate with progesterone? Or did your doctor prescribe it? If you self-medicated, where did you hear about it?

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9 davidgmills February 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Sorry Garry, I never got back but will give you an update. 
I am still on progesterone and have been over two years now.  About 60 mg per day (four pumps from a pump bottle).  And to answer your question, I did not do it on a doctor’s prescription.  In fact it was the opposite — although my doctor has been quite surprised at my results. 
Gynocomastia has never returned nor has a shrunken sac.  My pee problem turned out to be a bladder condition and an anti-spasmotic is managing that pretty well.
I have learned a lot since the first post that you and your readers might further consider.  When I first found out I had low testosterone my level was about 150.  Progesterone bumped it up to about 325 and by later adding d-aspartic acid, whiched bumped up my LH from 2 to 3, my testosterone went to 448.  So not bad.
D-Aspartic acid can help improve testosterone if you have low LH like I did but remember you need something to make testosterone from so I kept up the progesterone and added pregnenolone (250 mg per week) and DHEA (25 mg per week) to have a continuous good source of precursors available for making testosterone.
Also learned that since pregnenolone and pregesterone comes from LDL (“the bad cholesterol”) there was a study done that showed that returning the hormones of progesterone, DHEA, pregnenolone, and testosterone to “youthful levels” helped cholesterol profile. 
So I began a regimen of taking all of the hormones except testosterone and along with d-aspartic acid to raise testosterone, and my cholesterol profile improved.  Cardiac risk is down form normal (1.o) to .7 of normal based on cholesterol profile.
After following the Atkins diet since 1995, I have now ramped that up to a full ketogenic diet and that seems to be helping with the belly fat we all get when we age.  Hoping to get leaner.

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10 Garry Davidson February 13, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Thanks for the update David, I’m sure the readers here will find your experience with progesterone very helpful. Congratulations on losing those man boobs.

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11 davidgmills February 14, 2014 at 8:34 pm

I am beginning to conclude that most of the fat we get on our bodies is from either excessive estrogen or excessive carbohydrates and these excesses deposit fat in different areas of the body.   Estrogen excess seems to deposit fat in the things, hips, butt and breast/chest and carbohydrates tends to deposit it in the belly and love handles.
Maybe that is why we often can’t get rid of stubborn fat in one of these areas: we are applying the wrong corrective method.

12 Jack June 4, 2013 at 12:45 am

I have a feeling you might be aware of the research of Dr. Ray Peat? I’d been reading and implementing his research into my diet (oxidative metabolism, thyroid, hormones, etc.) for three months before realizing I had a man boob problem and kind of always have but didn’t really acknowledge it – having read through your book now I see some similar conclusions to his. Peat has done a lot of research on progesterone and I recently ordered oral progesterone (i believe it’s the only supplement he’s ever developed). Here’s an article he wrote on Estrogen: http://raypeat.com/articles/hormones/h1.shtml

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13 Garry Davidson June 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

Hi Donovan

I’ve heard of Dr Ray Peat, though I haven’t studied his work in detail just yet. That’s a very interesting article you linked to. I never knew there was any association between red light exposure and estrogen/progesterone. That’s something I’ll definitely look into.

Regarding oral progesterone, from what I’ve read so far, I’m under the impression the dermal route is best, as it avoids metabolism by the liver. But hey, I could be wrong. I’ll read up Ray Peat’s stuff and get back to you.

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14 Sydney June 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Hi Garry Davidson,
i am 31years old without beards or mustache. I also developed man boobs since puberty but it refused to reduce since then especially my left chest.. What can i do about this because i have been under physicological depression for more than 15years now. I can move bare chested and all that.. Pls email me the remedy to my problems? Thanks in anticipation!

Sydney,
from Nigeria, West Africa.

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15 Garry Davidson June 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Hi Sydney.

If you have unilateral (one-sided) gynecomastia, then the first thing you must do is get it checked out by your doctor, just to make sure there isn’t any underlying disease. I advise all man boob sufferers to do this, but it’s more important with unilateral gynecomastia, which is more likely to have an underling disease process associated with it.

Progesterone can definitely help, but it really is important to first see a doctor.

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16 Steve October 13, 2013 at 2:03 am

Can progesterone cream increase testosterone in the body  and cause prostate cancer

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17 Garry Davidson January 6, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Hi Steve. The idea behind using progesterone, is to increase testosterone. Studies suggest that the whole thing about testosterone causing prostate cancer is a myth, and that it’s actually rising levels of estrogen that results in prostate cancer in men. You can read more about the role of estrogen and testosterone in prostate cancer on this article on Ray Peat’s site.

Think about it. Testosterone levels decline with age. Old men have low testosterone levels. If high testosterone levels resulted in prostate cancer, then it would be adolescent kids and young men in their twenties who were most at risk of developing prostate cancer, not elderly men.

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18 David December 3, 2013 at 6:56 am

Have been dealing with BPH [benign prostatic hyperplasia] for about 6 years. Did not want to deal with our legal drug dealers (medical doctors). I tried the naturopath route and was badly disappointed for reasons too long to describe; fortunately, thanks to tHe internet I found an excellent while unlikely site.

They recommended about 17 different natural supplements, among which was progesterone cream. I have been using the cream for about 8 months. It is claimed that the only receptor in the male body for progesterone, is located in the testicular sack. My BPH symptoms have improved, specially by having less pain.

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19 Ryan Houston December 29, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Hi Gary,
I have been suffuring with gynecomastia since around 2008. I thought working out like crazy was the answer. It wasn’t. Nothing worked for me. I didn’t know what to do. For years, not even my doctors could help. In 2012 (4 years from my initial symptoms) I was finally diagnosed with low testosterone believed due to a head injuty that I sustained from a motorcycle accident in 2006. I have been on a prescription testosterone supplement for about 1 year now and it’s been a god send (except for my gynecomastia!) I came across your book through your YouTube video. I was instantly blown away! I’ve fully adopted all of your program as fully and completely as I can; from diet, exercise, limiting chemicals, etc.  It’s only been 1 week but it’s already working! The puffy nipples were the first thing to go after about 2 days. I just received my progesterone today and I’ll start applying it tonight. I hope it too makes a difference. Thank you so much for your vast knowledge and insight on this matter. Your program is life-changing! Thank you. 

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20 Garry Davidson January 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Hey Ryan, great to hear your success story, keep up the good work! Let us know how you get on with the progesterone.

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21 Angelo January 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm

What about using it for regrowing hair…?  I think I’m going to try it.

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22 Garry Davidson March 10, 2014 at 5:59 pm

I’ve no idea! But I’d love to find out! Please do let us know how you get on :)

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23 J. Mandel January 30, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I am turning 30 this year.  I still have a baby face and my hairline is receding quickly.  Prone to depression/mild social anxiety and addiction.  No man boobs.  My father is much the same turning 51 with an enlarged prostate, but his hairline seems intac He’s getting man boobs and has erectile dysfunction.  I started with 20mg a day yesterday.  Also, I have worked out tremendouslyand eaten like a horse and it is still hard for me to gain muscle mass.  6’2″ 185lbs.  Maybe 5% body fat.  I got up to 210 but it was mostly water weight.  I was in an accident at the age of 15 that caused two far urgein my my facial bones.

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24 Anne Glover February 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Hi Garry,
I just wanted to say how brilliant to see a man writing about progesterone.  I am using it in very high doses to help my husband who has prostate cancer.  When he was first diagnosed five years ago his PSA (which I know doesn’t really count for much) was at 4.3 Following a biopsy it confirmed a 3+3 gleeson score low grade cancer.  Watch and wait was put into operation.  I have long been a fan of John Lee and ordered his book on prostate cancer.  He recommended between 8mg – 10mg.  This had no affect.  I began writing to the natural progesterone therapy people who have also been studying cancer for years.  They suggested having a blood test.  The original blood test revealed very low testosterone, high progesterone (for a man but due to the supplements) and extremely off the scale estrogen.  We upped my husband’s dose to 100mg a day and the following year PSA test revealed it had reduced to 3.5.  Acceptable for a man of 63.  His high estrogen was mainly caused by xenoestrogen that is all around us these days, in the environment, cleaning products, foods, plastics clothes and it exactly replicates estrogens within the body.  Our diet is a main cause for too much estrogen although not necessarily  from carbs.  The high carb modern diet is, however, responsible for diabetes, obesity, heart problems and many metabolic diseases.  Men have to take responsibility for their own health.  My husband is typical of the man who leaves it to me to sort it out.  His  PSA went up last year to 7.8 and following another biopsy his gleeson score 3+4.  The doctor has advised surgery.  However, we are on a ketogenic diet together with various alternative options.  If you’d like an update I shall post again.
I hope this helps a bit.

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25 Garry Davidson March 10, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Hi Anne, thanks for the great post.

I’m sorry to hear your husband’s PSA is up again. Another expert on progesterone is Ray Peat. I learned a lot from his articles, you may want to check out his site.

I hope you find a solution for your husband. Do let me know how you both get on.

Best wishes,
Garry

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26 Magnus March 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Hi, I’ve been using 10mg ProgesterAll  for around 2 weeks now, and I noticed the small gyno I have had might have actually become worse.
All other effects are great, happier, raised libido and such, but I am scared that my gyno might grow. I am 19 male.
Do you have any experience of this? It’s so hard to find any science on this subject, especially on men.
Thanks beore hand

I meant to say puffy nipples, not gyno. I had a little puffy nipples 2 weeks ago, started using Progesterone cream to raise my low testosterone levels, I also had a low Pg/e2 ratio. Now however, my nipples are bigger than ever. It’s freaking me out a bit.

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27 Garry Davidson March 18, 2014 at 11:53 am

Hi Magnus. You should always check your hormone levels before you start using progesterone and after you’ve used it for a while. If things are getting worse you should stop using it. Reduce your dosage gradually rather than stop using it suddenly. You may consider using pregnenolone in the future, but check your hormone levels first and consult with a physician.

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28 Garry Davidson February 16, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Hi David, thanks for the insight. From what I’ve read and seen, carbohydrates seem to enhance the effects of estrogen in the body, and decrease the effects of testosterone. If you don’t already have the problem of excess estrogen and too little testosterone, then carbohydrates can either help to give rise to this problem, or they can result in the typical android body fat distribution of belly fat and love handles.

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