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Unread 10-22-2011, 07:27 AM
progesterone or not???

Hi,
This is my first post so please bear with me! I had a partial (cervix, ovaries intact) in 08 and have been struggling with menopause symptoms- hot flashes, poor sleeping, low sex drive, weight gain. I have tried for years to take estrogen in different forms only to be plagued with migraines that take 24 hours to recover from. My drs. kept suggesting it's "all in my head". I found a GP to do hormone testing and he prescribed progesterone cream and tabs with the hope of adding estrogen down the road. I stopped the patch in april and started the progesterone cream--** headaches and sleeping like a baby!
When I recently went back to my gyn for my yearly, she went nuts when she heard I was on progesterone, saying "no woman without a uterus should be on progesterone". She convinced me to try evamist spray and come back in a month. Three days after starting the spray, I had another crushing migraine! I have stopped everything now but I'm miserable!
I'd like to handle my symptoms in a more natural way but I have an allergy to soy. I have taken remifemin in the past with good results as far as hot flashes-but that's not a big issue for me anymore. I'd love to have a sex drive again-any suggestions?
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Unread 10-22-2011, 08:09 AM
Re: progesterone or not???

I think your GYN has taken the "no uterus means no NEED for progesterone" and interpreted that as "shouldn't take progesterone". Most GYNs seem to go with the "no need" rule, but that doesn't mean that no one benefits from it. Other Drs think every or most women need progesterone, so they don't all agree. I guess if the one Dr had you on meds that worked, I'd stay with that Dr. Or, since it seems progesterone agrees with you, I'd find a Dr willing to work with your progesterone needs. I know it takes a while to get evened out on hormones, but it sounds like you were OK on the previous meds, and worse on the new ones. Migraines are no joke so I can see why you stopped this med. It's a nuisance to change Drs but if this one won't listen and work with you, you may need to change who manages your HRT. Good luck finding balance again, I hope you get relief soon.
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Unread 10-24-2011, 11:40 AM
progesterone or not???

I agree with last post, sure progesterone keeps the lining of the uterus from thickening but just because you have no uterus doesn't mean you don't need it. If your ovaries are still producing estrogen then they should also be producing enough progesterone to balance it out. Otherwise, you'll still experience nasty symptoms of estrogen dominance. I know this from experience, I just had partial hyster 2 weeks ago and decided to try and wean myself off progesterone I've been taking since before hyster, big mistake! Within 5 days I was having anxiety attacks, insomnia and felt myself slipping into depression. Within 2 days back on Prometrium symptoms are subsiding. Would def get"all" your hormone levels checked not just progesterone and estrogen if you haven't , not sure if you said you had done that or not
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Unread 10-24-2011, 11:55 AM
Re: progesterone or not???

Thanks for the responses. I had all my hormones checked by a more holistic dr that is pretty far from my home-it's difficult to return as many times as he wants so I wanted to be followed by my regular gyn. Problem is she says all this testing and progesterone is nonsense! All she wants to do is put me on estrogen which causes migraines, that she suggests may be brought on by the 'power of suggestion'. I suppose I'm in the market for a new dr! Just bought Dr. Lee's book and it's an interesting read--but why the difference of opinion between drs? Anyway, has anyone tried the OTC creams ? Do they work? I'm off estrogen, on remifemin instead (no headaches) and back on my progesterone--and feeling better. So thought when I run out of my current stash I might try the otc creams if it's worth it!
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Unread 10-24-2011, 02:45 PM
Re: progesterone or not???

For women who have ovaries such as yourself, your body can convert progesterone to estrogen as needed; therefore you may not have a need to use estrogen if you're using progesterone. (It doesn't work so well for those of us without ovaries.)

DRs are confused by all the hype from the WHI study, which found that the synthetic progestin Provera is associated with a slight increase in breast cancer risk. Unfortunately, some of the news reports mistakenly announced that it was progesterone, not specifically Provera (NOT the same thing!) that is associated with the increased risk.

I've used OTC progesterone cream for years. The important thing is to choose one that has at least 400mg of USP Progesterone per ounce of cream as stated on the ingredients list. If it doesn't specifically say the concentration I would not waste my money on it; in particular, many of them say "wild yam cream", and our bodies are not able to make use of the compounds in wild yams, even though that's what is used to synthesize progesterone from commercially.

s,
-Linda
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