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  #21  
Unread 11-28-2012, 10:27 PM
Re: Side effects

Oh how terrible! Everytime I use progesterone I blow a vessel in my eye so that I look like a wounded prize fighter. When I go out I can see the look on people's faces. I wonder if they think my husband clocked me!

So your Dr. didn't think it could be an allergic reaction to either hormone you're using? The timing sure seems to be a strange coincidence though! I hope the dermatologist has some ideas.
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  #22  
Unread 12-06-2012, 11:14 PM
Re: Side effects - UPDATE!

Dr sent me to a dermatologist today, just baffled. Derm said that it is the worst case he has seen in 35 years. He called it cystic acne, but said it's much worse than that. But what happens is in women who had a history of adult acne, (which I had), progesterone causes cyst break outs. Mine is bad because I am full of infection. And unless you treat aggressively, it is life long. Even after stopping the progesterone. He said once it starts, it doesn't stop without treatment. So been on the lowest dose of progesterone for 3 days, and adding 3 months of topical and oral antibiotic and special soap. Yes, 3 months! Then we see what happens.

He said it will be 2-4 weeks before I see an improvement, and will still be very red. But I am okay with that. 2-4 weeks is better than a life time!
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Unread 12-07-2012, 08:10 AM
Re: Side effects

I'm glad they figured it out! What a scary thing to have happen. What does it mean that you're "full of infection"? How exactly does progesterone cause the cyst break outs? Does it contribute to the infection?
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  #24  
Unread 12-07-2012, 10:57 AM
Re: Side effects

He just said that my face is really infected - full of infection - a few times. That is why we have to be so aggressive with antibiotics. I don't know how the progesterone causes the breakouts - my gyno wasn't aware that can happen. I assume it is all related to hormones. I am just really hoping the course of treatment I am on clears me up!
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Unread 12-07-2012, 10:58 AM
Re: Side effects

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Originally Posted by E2Me2 View Post
Oh how terrible! Everytime I use progesterone I blow a vessel in my eye so that I look like a wounded prize fighter. When I go out I can see the look on people's faces. I wonder if they think my husband clocked me!

So your Dr. didn't think it could be an allergic reaction to either hormone you're using? The timing sure seems to be a strange coincidence though! I hope the dermatologist has some ideas.
So sounds like you were having a terrible reaction too! Makes me question HRT all together. What ARE we putting in our bodies???
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Unread 12-07-2012, 02:18 PM
Re: Side effects

I just think that progesterone has been touted as the miracle hormone of the century. According to Dr. Elizabeth Vliet, progesterone decreases insulin sensitivity and causes resistance to the glucose regulating effects of insulin. It's especially troublesome for women with PCOS. If you don't have enough estrogen on board, your testosterone will also have more influence. There is definitely a place for progesterone use, just not in such large amounts and not everyone actually needs it.
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