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Started progesterone cream.  8 days out from surgery. Started progesterone cream. 8 days out from surgery.

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Unread 02-01-2005, 09:03 AM
Started progesterone cream. 8 days out from surgery.

Good morning,
8 days out and feeling really good. Went yesterday to my pharmacy for my consult about my compounded hormones. Filled out questionaire and talked at length with pharmacist. She recommended progesterone cream with no estrogen. The reasons for this were the symptoms I was having before my surgery (she really felt that my progesterone was low before) and the fact that I am young (almost 40) and can still manufacture alot of my own estrogen in adrenal glands and fat cells. (was she telling me I am fat?) I apply the cream twice daily. Anyone out there using progesterone cream only? Any comments on how is is working? Just curious. Thanks Christy
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Unread 02-01-2005, 04:02 PM
Started progesterone cream. 8 days out from surgery.

HI Christy

I am happy to hear you are feeling so well after your surgery

I'm sure you will find some women who use progesterone cream only, but not too many who have had their ovaries removed use progesterone alone.

A limited amount of estrogen can be produced by the adrenal glands from progesterone or testosterone, but I do not know if it is enough to control the symptoms of surgical menopause.

Some doctors do prescribe progesterone alone for women who go through natural menopause, but it is different for those of us in surgical menopause

We do have a stored up supply of estrogen in our belly fat and it can take awhile for that to deplete following surgery so I wanted to share a list of symptoms related to low estrogen.
Too Much/Too Little estrogen

I hope you continue to do well with your current hormone plan.

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Unread 02-01-2005, 05:13 PM
Started progesterone cream. 8 days out from surgery.

It is amazing, I had all of the symptoms for too much estrogen, quite a few of the ones for too little progesterone and all of the ones for too much testosterone. Where does that put me? It will be interesting to see if the progesterone helps balance things. That is what we are hoping. If not we will add as needed. I just wondered how this was working for others. I truly don't believe I will be blessed enough to not have any symptoms. That would be too good to be true. I am feeling great other than the soreness and tiredness. I did find some panties with just a little tummy support today and it has made all the difference in the world when I stand. I was exhausted when I left Wal-Mart. I think tomorrow will be a lazy day until time for church. Thanks for your reply. I will keep ya'll posted as things develop. It is so nice to talk to others who understand. Have a great evening. Christy
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Unread 02-02-2005, 01:38 PM
Started progesterone cream. 8 days out from surgery.

Hi everyone,
I was on Vivelle Dot 0.1 + 1mg. estradiol orally (2xday). It all worked great for a while.
Around Christmas time I started to feel awful. I was tired all the time because I couldn't sleep more than a couple of hours at a night and had to work in the daytime. I had frequent headaches, my blood pressure was erratic, and I felt lightheaded and dizzy much of the time.
My wonderful Dr. suggested cutting back on the estrogen and introducing bio-ident. progesterone orally. I take 50 mg. 2X day.
It's been a little over a week and I feel wonderful!!!!!.
In fact, when I was waiting for my scrip to arrive (from Womens International Pharmacy), I tried taking only 1 50mg. a day and substituting with Resonance (bio-ident progesterone cream), guess what, it didn't cut it.
As soon as my scrip arrived I started with the regular schedule and I'm feeling great again.
Good Luck to all of you out there searching.
I know for me, the progesterone made a huge difference, I'm even sleeping again. YEAH!!!!!
Love & XXXX,
Seeker
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Unread 02-02-2005, 04:42 PM
Started progesterone cream. 8 days out from surgery.

Good for you Seeker that you have a great Doc. Everything I have read really points to the progesterone cream. I hope you do well on it. It has been 9 days out and so far no symptoms. Thanks for your input. Christy
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Unread 02-03-2005, 11:50 AM
i went off femring 1 month ago

and am using natural progesterone creme from the health food store,,i have to say that i feel much better than when i was having estrogen pumped into my body. Who knows how long this will last,but for now, i do feel so much healthier. I too, had a tah/bso,,so i must be getting my estrogen from my adrenal glands even if its small doses.
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Unread 02-03-2005, 12:18 PM
Started progesterone cream. 8 days out from surgery.

Went to my 1 wk checkup today and got a good report. Doc thinks I need more than the progesterone but so far I don't so we will see. He was very pleased with my progress though. I go back in 4 weeks. Found multiple fibroids on pathology report besides the softball sized one. Glad they are gone!!!! Christy
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Unread 02-04-2005, 08:05 PM
Started progesterone cream. 8 days out from surgery.

Hi sistas! About progesterone, I'm on the Climera patch now and weaning slowly down to around .025 mg. I asked my NP about bio-identical progesterone today, and she said they don't recommend progesterone after hysterectomy, especially after the estrogen/progesterone study showed increase risk of breast cancer, etc. So I said, well that was synthetic progesterone, and she said no studies have been done with bio-identical progesterone so they can't recommend it. Have y'all heard anything about that? Is combining bio-identical estrogen (Climera) with bio-identical progesterone (either Prometrium or a cream) fairly safe? Do we know?

Thanks for all the help!

--Debi
46-year-old, TAH/BSO on 1/18...severe hemorrhaging due to fibroid
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