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Progesterone Cream for PMS?

I've been scouring the internet looking for help with this subject. Before I had my daughter my dr. put me on progesterone cream to help with PMS. The change was so dramatic and amazing! No bloating, headaches, & anxiety. I realized that after I had my daughter, stopped breastfeeding, and experiencing awful PMS that I need my progesterone cream again. So I put myself on it. The change again was remarkable and had a great month last month. This month, however, I started my period 2 weeks early, it's not a "normal" flow, very light and brown-colored. (hate to be gross, sorry) I also have a raging migraine (since i stopped the cream once I started bleeding) I'm so confused!

Has anyone experienced this??

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I would like to hear some answers too! I did a saliva test to test hormones after feeling totally imbalanced and got this cream called "Bliss Cream" and it does really really help as well. I guess it has some form of progesterone cream in it. Saliva test came back as way too high in estrogen in 2nd half of cycle and I can totally feel the progesterone dropping and the hormones getting all out of whack. We have it so much harder as women!! Would love to hear others responses!

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I don't know about the Progesterone for PMS.

BUT, I get PMS'y... and what I use is "Hyland's Calms Forte" (the adult version), and liquid/powdered Magnesium (the brand is "Natural Calm).

THIS is the thing that has helped my PMS a lot. And its natural.
If you google search "benefits of magnesium", you will see that it is beneficial for lots of things, one of them being PMS. It is water soluable, so it does not accumulate in the body. It is also good for stress and relaxing.

I really recommend these things. I tried all kinds of stuff, but this is what helped me the best.

Also, you need to tell your Doctor about your side-effects per the migraines and abnormal flow.

Good luck,
Susan

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There are 2 books--"What your Dr May NOT tell you about Perimenopause" & What your Dr may NOT tell you about Menopause" by Dr John R Lee that have a lot of great info...I had a lot of issues & did try the pill...BIG mistake..but now I use the bio-idententical cream called Women's Balance Cream. Got it at Henry's. You didn't say if the progestrone cream was a natural or man-made progestrine? like in the pill? check out the difference...the man-made one is stronger, sometime a little too harsh..

You didn't mention, but did you take a pregnancy test? Since you were early, you might want to check that out...a light flow, 2 weeks after you ovulate....a raging migraine..I'd go pee on a stick, quick!

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Hi L.,

The best thing I found for PMS is acupuncture. I started going for asthma in 1994 and I would go once a month for "maintenance" until about 2000. Now I just go a few times a year. As a result it helped my PMS to the point where it went away and hasn't come back even though I don't go as often. I don't get bloating and hardly ever get cramps and I don't get crabby and nasty like I used to. Acupuncture works on lots of other things too so you get added benefits from it. It's very relaxing. It also helps your body naturally without chemicals.

If you're open to it, maybe try it. I don't remember how long it took the PMS to go away but it was within that first year.

Good luck. Hope this helps.

I've been experiencing the same thing, before I had my son I got the depo shot which had hormones in it after taking it for 7 years I quit only to get horrible headaches and an irregular period experiencing exactly the same thing as you. After I had my son my Dr said the only way to fix this was to get the shot again which is not recommended for prolonged usage, progesterone or a pill called yaz which is birth control, the Yaz worked great, my period has never been regular since but as for all the other symptoms they were gone, about a year and a half ago i got on IUD and started experiencing the symptoms again, recently i started taking a natural herb called Black Cohosh which I bought at Henry's market, I feel so much better its not even funny.

Hi L.,
I have lots of experience with this topic & do use the cream as well. "ProgesterIN" refers to a synthetic hormone, one that is similar in chemical structure to the human hormone "progesterONE". "Bio-identical" progesterone is extracted from plants & has the exact same chemical structure as the human hormone - given in form of a cream because it is readily absorbed through the skin and you can use less of it since most is not filtered out by your digestive system, liver, etc. Sounds like you were taking the bio-identical progesterone - good for your doctor! Surprisingly, most doctors do not know the difference. fyi - The sythetic hormones have to be tweaked slightly in order for drug companies to patent them & make a profit.

The pioneer in this field is Dr. John Lee. His website is www.drjohnlee.com - lots of great information there. Also, there is a 6 page article on this topic in the July issue of Oprah magazine. If you'd like a copy, email me separately & I will send you the pdf of the article.

The reason you probably responded to the cream is that 85% of women are "estrogen dominant" by the age of 35. That means we do not make enough progesterone to balance out all the excess estrogen we are exposed to. Excess estrogen is NOT good, causes many symptoms including PMS, headaches, insomnia, mood swings, foggy brain, to name a few as well as increases our risk of several cancers. Let me know if you'd like any additional info. -M.

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I would like to hear some answers too! I did a saliva test to test hormones after feeling totally imbalanced and got this cream called "Bliss Cream" and it does really really help as well. I guess it has some form of progesterone cream in it. Saliva test came back as way too high in estrogen in 2nd half of cycle and I can totally feel the progesterone dropping and the hormones getting all out of whack. We have it so much harder as women!! Would love to hear others responses!

Hey L., Don't worry about grossing us out. We're all moms after all and have seen plenty of yucky stuff. It really sounds to me that you are experiencing more hormonal types of fluctuations. The bleeding you're experiencing might not be a "true" period. I think the migraine also was triggered by the drop in hormones. Go talk to your OB/GYN. I had similar things happen post-partum. I never had bad PMS before babies, but lots of similar issues to you afterwards. The nurse practioner told me at the time that I'd have a hard time going through menopause. At the time I thought- "How can she say that". Well she was right. I've been on HRT for some time, and it's made a huge difference ( no more spaciness, anxiety issues, physical changes). I know a lot of people are scared to go on HRT- but for me it was a necessity. I'm on the lightest dosage to manage the symptoms. I always say "Quality of Life" if people try to scare me! I'm just sharing this, because I hope you see that you're not the "only one", not crazy, etc. regarding these issues.

Hi L.,

I am taking a bio-identical progesterone pill called Progest50 (available online). I actually have read that it can HELP with migraines. Weird. If you send me your email address in a private message I can email you this awesome article called "The All-Natural Cure for Your PMS" by Andrew Jones. Anyway, to answer your question.... my period has been really strange in the last 5 months or so, too, but I'm not sure it's related to the progesterone since I have other things going on (abnormal paps and what not). Can you send me the info on the cream you're using? Does insurance usually cover it? I ask because the pills are not covered by insurance and can get kind of costly!

Thanks,
E.

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