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Is it true a topical estrogen & progesterone are better than pill form? If so, which topical estrogen & progesterone do you favor?
I mistakenly applied topical estrogen and progesterone creams before my shower. How long should I wait until I have my shower and wash it off? Thx
I read that taking progesterone pills stimulate breast growth. Does that mean topical progesterone massaged into the breast will have the same effect?
Careful: Both estrogen and Progesterone affect the breasts. Typically estrogen leads to more breast growth but not usually after the breasts have matured. There are associations between Progesterone and possible breast cancer if used chronically. Any way that Progesterone is absorbed with affect the breast. ...Read more
When beginning HRT with topical estrogen and prometrium, (micronized progesterone) how long before contacting dr if I feel worse, not better? I'm not on any meds. 46 yr old.
HRT: Hrt works pretty fast. I doubt you'd feel worse on it. You may not feel better and dose adjustment may need to be done. However, with all the risks of hrt known now, I wonder why you'd even want to entertain it as your first choice of treatment of menopausal symptoms. There's a number of supplements and "safer" prescription alternatives that are worth considering. ...Read more
Is bioidentical progesterone topical cream for arms just as good as taking a 50 mg bioidentical capsule at night before bed for menopause hot flashes?
Neither: The term "bioidentical" is a marketing tool, used to make people believe that these products are somehow better or safer than other forms of hormones. There is no good evidence that this is true. Most topical creams are not regulated by the fda, and so their effectiveness is mostly unknown. Estrogen is the much more effective hormone for treating menopausal symptoms than progesterone. ...Read more
Having side effects from mirena (levonorgestrel).I have lots of cysts growing on my ovary. Ob wants to use implanon can I use a 20mg topical progesterone instead?
Both progesterone and androgens are hormones.
I would recommend that you go on-line and search for hormones. There will be many articles that you should read and most, if not all, will give you the information you want.
You might also want to peruse Yahoo Images and type in "Hormones". You will see some valuable images, most of them with a few words of explanation. ...Read more
Progesterone: In a reproductive age woman low luteal Progesterone usually means she did not ovulate. In ovulatory cycles if Progesterone is low, it is usually called a luteal-phase defect, although experts disagree about how important it is. Purely theoretically, no Progesterone at all would mean death because your body couldn't make cortisol. ...Read more
Various: High Progesterone levels can be a contraceptive, and are used as such by gyn's. Other effects may include tiredness, vaginal dryness, high Insulin levels, decreased Insulin sensitivity, weight gain, reduced sex drive and depression. Is your Progesterone level high or have you been taking Progesterone for some reason? Either way, consult your gyn doc. ...Read more
Add progesterone: Progesterone levels can be increased 3 ways. Clomid stimulates he ovary to produce a larger follicle, which in turn produces more progesterone. Oral Progesterone in the form of Prometrium (micronized progesterone) taken by mouth will increase serum progesterone. Vaginal Progesterone suppositories will also increase serum progesterone. All three methods have there own set of risks and benefits. ...Read more
Not usually: For most women, the weight changes seen with the progestin-only birth control pill (if that's what you are referring to) is minimal. Some women say that they are very sensitive to any birth control pills, but each individual's experiences are to be noted and respected. ...Read more