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Pros and Cons of Progesterone Use

 
 
littlek
 
Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 08:35 pm
It was suggested that I use a progesterone cream by my uncle who is a biologist and endocrinologist. My aunt used this through menopause and had an easy time of it. He suggested it would help with both my pre-menopausal symptoms AND my migraines, among other things. He suggested a brand which is derived from natural sources instead of being synthetic.

Is there any reason not to take progesterone (cream form)?
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sun 19 Sep, 2010 09:34 pm
@littlek,
It is what helped me survive peri-menopause when I was experiencing extremely heavy and painful periods before I had the hysterectomy. You should get a blood test done to determine all your hormone levels.

There are other things you can add to your diet that will help. I found this book to be very informative about what was going on with my body and how to use natural remedies to lessen the symptoms. You can take a look at the table of contents to get an idea of how comprehensive it is:

Before the Change: Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause by Ann Louise Gittleman

I used progesterone creams for about two years and definitely noticed a difference in how I felt and how severe the worst of the symptoms were.

This is the brand I used:

http://www.amazon.com/Balance-Progesterone-Naturally-Natural-Cream/dp/B002T5FAHM/ref=sr_1_24?s=STORE&ie=UTF8&qid=1284953231&sr=8-24

It only takes a very small dab less than the side of a pea. Some people advise applying it to different parts of your body rather than the same spot each time. I usually applied it to my wrists or inside elbow where the skin was the softest and it could easily absorb.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 20 Sep, 2010 04:03 pm
Thanks B-Net
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 30 Oct, 2010 07:52 pm
May be helping in general, but I am still having several flashes a day....
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2011 06:33 pm
When I told my doctor I was using this cream she asked who told me to. I told her and she basically ridiculed me. I think I need a new doctor.
roger
 
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Reply Sun 23 Jan, 2011 07:31 pm
@littlek,
Sounds like you do. I don't have a high tolerance for ridicule, either. Might be better if Doc is right, but not by much.
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 26 Jan, 2011 05:29 pm
Mm. I don't know how to go about changing doctors. Health insurance first or Doctors' office first?
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 26 Jan, 2011 05:43 pm
@littlek,
Can't you just go where ever you want to?
If your insurance has restrictions then they would be your first step then
look for another ob/gyn who specializes in menopause.
JPB
 
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Reply Wed 26 Jan, 2011 05:48 pm
@CalamityJane,
She may have an hmo that requires a referral from her primary physician for any type of specialty care.

littlek, if that's the case you may need to talk to your primary physician to get another in-group referral. Or, like CJ said - your insurance co can give you a list of ob/gyns in your group.
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 26 Jan, 2011 05:54 pm
Thanks, I'll look into what to do.
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