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)?
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:
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.
May be helping in general, but I am still having several flashes a day....
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.
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.
Mm. I don't know how to go about changing doctors. Health insurance first or Doctors' office first?
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.
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.
Thanks, I'll look into what to do.