Should I use Progesterone Cream?

Answered on January 21, 2014
Created January 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Hi Again,

First off, sorry for the length of the post, but I I really couldn't think of a way to write it in a briefer manner.

For those that haven't seen my earlier post, I'm a relatively healthy 18 year old - 5'2, was 110lbs, and eat a very healthy diet (1400 hundred calories, and about 70% paleo). I also am fairly active (run 3 miles 5-6 times a week, plus hour long walks apx. 4 times a week).

So, the doctor's appointment I had scheduled got canceled, and it's not looking like I'll get another one anytime soon - so no hormone test results.

My symptoms (weight gain, bloating, migraines, breast tenderness, ect.) all point to "estrogen dominance" as a diagnosis. I am literally staring at a container of bio identical progesterone cream, which (from my research) I have learned that it can help some women with their symptoms. I know that estrogen dominance (which I am 99% certain I have) can be caused by either a) too much estrogen (implying that my progesterone levels are normal, which I doubt they are - I've have not had a period for 8 months now) or b) not enough progesterone.

I know I should consult a doctor, but I would have to wait at least a month to POSSIBLY get a test, and I can't deal with starving myself any longer and STILL be gaining weight.

My question is, given my situation, should I take the cream? Additionally, I am really confused about the whole "hormone balance" thing - in essence, can I expect positive results from the cream even if my progesterone levels are normal and my estrogen levels are high (ie, is the "balanced" part of the hormones the major factor, and not necessarily the individual hormone levels?).

Also, If I should use the cream, how much should I take and where (ie, should I put it on a fatty area or a thin one, as it effects absorption - I've seen both recommended?). Any resources that could help would be greatly appreciated.

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on January 21, 2014
at 07:01 PM

I've been on a paleo diet for apx. 1year now. Some info that might be useful for you to know that the amenorrhea began after I stopped using the birth control pill (due to unbearable side effects), and that's when all the problems began (ie, the weight gain, bloating, ect).


on January 21, 2014
at 05:40 PM

You need to see a doctor but I think you should take the cream simply to induce a period. It's seriously not healthy to go 8 months without a period!!!

How long have you been on the paleo diet? It's supposed to help with hormonal probs

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