Progesterone Cream

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Registered: 08-18-2010
Progesterone Cream
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Thu, 08-26-2010 - 11:07am

To get back to the conversation about the Progesterone cream, I was prescribed a custom compounded cream by a holistic doctor that I have been seeing since March 2010 for a hormonal imbalance. As Susan said, the cream is not the same as the suppositories that some women use to increase prog after ovulation. It's a cream that you put on your body, applied in places where skin is thinnest sort of as a time release absorption of the hormone. My holistic doc prescribed it for me after a series of saliva hormone tests indicated that my stress level was very high which was creating estrogen dominance over progesterone, which in turn was giving me lots of ugly symptoms like irregular periods, fatigue, low libido, vaginal dryness, moodiness, etc. All of which I have had since my son was born three years ago.

Anyway, I used the creams for 3-4 months, twice a day, every day. But they were not easily portable. The dosage was so high that I had to undress to expose enough skin to apply the cream. The cream stained all of my light colored clothing and my sheets, and i hated putting it on, so i would forget (skip) doses. When I asked the holistic doc about other options, she gave me a prescription for the same compound in oral form, which I have been taking for a month and a half.

The good news is that it is so much easier to take and keep up with. It really helped to regulate my periods. The not so good news is that it really hasn't helped me get pregnant or with the vaginal dryness, low libido or fatigue.

The weird news is that yesterday, when I had my first appt with the RE, she told me to stop taking the oral progesterone, and that taking it in the first half of my cycle before I O could potentially screw up or delay ovulation.

So, I hope that the above information helps, but now I have a few questions of my own since I have two doctors giving me opposite information. Thinking of going to a third doc for a tie breaker. Any thoughts? Does anyone else have any experience with Natural Progesterone while TTC?

Elizabeth
41 YO - Mom to 3 year old boy
TTC #2 since April '08.
Elizabeth-41 Y/O

Mom to 3 Y/O boy

TTC #2 since April '08


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Registered: 09-13-2007
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 11:58pm
Elizabeth, does yours list all of the ingredients?
 


 


Susan V

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Registered: 08-18-2010
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 5:48pm

Yes, the natural prog is much safer than the synthetic form. My oral dosage is also natural progesterone, it's just not as messy. I have to get it from an apothecary that makes custom compounds.

Give the creams a shot. I think most docs agree that it's more easily absorbed through the skin, but just so you know there is another option, if it gets to be a pain, ask your doc for an oral prescription.

One other note... in case $$ is an issue. The creams are not usually covered by insurance, but my insurance covers it like any other prescription when it's in a pill form, so the pills are much less expensive for me. The cream was $75 a month. The pills are $18 a month.

Hope this helps!

Elizabeth
41 YO - Mom to 3 year old boy
TTC #2 since April '08.
Elizabeth-41 Y/O

Mom to 3 Y/O boy

TTC #2 since April '08


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Registered: 09-13-2007
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 4:32pm

Carolina, I used natrual prog cream 2 cycles ago when my prog came back 8 with one of my chems and I expected it would raise my temp if it was working but it did not.

 


 


Susan V

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Registered: 05-16-2007
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 3:24pm

I have been tested

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Registered: 09-13-2007
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 11:17am

As I was reading I was going to ask why you would use it in the follicular phase.

 


 


Susan V