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Shelf Life Of Compounded Progesterone?? Shelf Life Of Compounded Progesterone??

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Unread 09-01-2004, 06:27 PM
Shelf Life Of Compounded Progesterone??

Hi. Acute stress in my life. If I use too much progesterone cream I feel kind of tired and a bit sick the next day. I was using small amount of "estriol" cream in the morning for "vaginal use only". It works good . After using that daily for months my breasts hurt on the side and I felt PMS recently around the full moon. So despite the stress, trying to achieve hormonal balance again. My doc said at our last visit, that the compounded progesterone cream (which I rub on from a jar with a lid on it ), only appears to last a month, and then I need a fresh batch, or I have to use more of it, or I don't sleep. I'm wondering If i should cut down on the estriol cream and just use it every other day. I stopped the progesterone for a couple of nights and the anxiety is back , I'm having trouble sleeping. Could a lack of progesterone cause tender breasts or could that be too much estrogen??. Any clues?????
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Unread 09-01-2004, 06:49 PM
Shelf Life Of Compounded Progesterone??

Hi Sandy

I just ran upstairs to check my progesterone label. Mine is compounded and in syringes. According to the label, it's good for 5 months. I only get a month's supply at a time. I'd ask your compounding pharmacist what the shelf life is of your particular progesterone.

Do you still have your ovaries? Your profile doesn't say. I'm assuming the only estrogen you're using is the Estriol cream, is that right? It probably wouldn't contribute enough estrogen to cause breast pain. Still assuming you aren't using additional estrogen, are you cycling your progesterone or using it every day? I've found that progesterone keeps my breasts from feeling tender. Maybe you need to cut back some, but not completely on it.

Stress does factor into all of this. There is a link between it and our hormone levels. Weight loss, illness and exercise can affect it, too.

Also, according to my compounding pharmacist, it is a good idea to rotate the sites where any hormone cream is applied for maximum benefit. Progestrone is fine to apply to the breasts, forearm, under bicep, neck, inner thigh and buttocks.

Give your doctor and pharmacist a call about this. Let us know what you decide to do, okay?


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