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A 24-year-old member asked:

what are the benefits of using progesterone cream?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Serena Chen
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
May/may not b good: Progesterone vaginal gel - brand name crinone, (progesterone gel) is an fda approved medication for the use of hormonal support during fertility treatment and also for hormone replacement and to induce bleeding in some women who do not have a period (pcos for example). Progesterone cream applied to the skin is used sometimes for menopausal hormone replacement but this use is not well-established.
Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
No benefits: Studies have not shown any benefit to Progesterone cream over other Progesterone sources.
Dr. Robert Lang
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Varies: During the normal menstrual cycle, Progesterone levels vary greatly. Thus, for many women who use Progesterone the dose has to vary depending on estrogen levels and other factors. For adjustments, cream rather than capsules allow for better regulation of dose. Generally start with a low dose such as 1/8 teaspoon of Progesterone cream. And work up slowly.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Are there side effects of progesterone cream?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
Usually not: A short answer is 'few to none.' it may depend on what cream you use, where you use/apply it, how often, and for what purpose. Progesterone creams used intravaginallyfor women sometimes give mild itching or irritation, the gels also may 'clump' and give discharge. On the skin, irritation sometimes occurs. There are no medically important risks or major side effects to these creams.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Need to take progesterone cream. Are there dangerous side effects?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
No!: Progesterone creams used intravaginally for women sometimes give mild itching or irritation, the gels also may 'clump' and give discharge. On the skin, irritation sometimes occurs. There are no medically important risks or major side effects to these creams!
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the risks of using progesterone cream?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. PAUL EUN
Dr. PAUL EUN answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Not absorbed: Progesterone cream is not very well absorbed from the skin. Therefore, you have no way of knowing how it affects your body. It is not recommended.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Am i able to lower my cortisol levels by taking progesterone cream?

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Dr. Andrew Lipton
Holistic Medicine 30 years experience
Cortisol: No cortisol is the stress hormone, and Progesterone is an ovarian hormone.
Newport News, VA
A 20-year-old female asked:

How do I use progesterone cream?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
What for?: If you are using a prescription progesterone for luteal supplementation (such as Crinone (progesterone gel) (r) gel) it is inserted in the vagina with an applicator, usually in the evening. If you are using any other cream for other purposes you will have to ask the doctor that recommended it.

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