Fibrocystic breasts and progesterone link?

by Emily

I have had severe fibrocystic breasts (soreness, lumps, swelling, etc.) for approx 6 years. I was recently told by a health professional this can be caused by estrogen dominance and I should try progesterone cream. She feels I may be prematurely experiencing menopause symptoms, as well (I am 38). I got a prescription (I think it is a 20% cream) and have been using it according to her instructions. I have been on it since Dec. 2014. So far I have only felt WORSE. And in addition, have had more frequent periods. She says this is because it's working and to be patient and eventually there will be relief. It's very frustrating and uncomfortable! Does this sound familiar or feasible (that's it's getting worse)? I'm ready to throw in the towel if it doesn't turn around soon.

Also, I don't know if the cream I am on is "safe" it's a prescription strength and after reading about the cream available through this website, I'm a little worried that I may be using something that is harmful to my body.

Thanks to anyone who would be kind enough to share any experience they've had with fibrocystic breasts and progesterone creams!

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Apr 17, 2015
Fibrocystic breasts and progesterone link?
by: Wray

Hi Emily Yes it can get much wore when starting progesterone, please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance for an explanation. 20% is a very strong cream, not that it's dangerous, but we have never been able to make one that strong without the progesterone precipitating out. It could be you are not using enough progesterone, I generally recommend at last 100mg/day, but in your case wold suggest 200mg/day. I also suspect you are low in iodine, as this is often responsible for Breast Cysts. We also have another page on Breast Tenderness. 38 is not too early to enter Peri-menopause. You might like to read our page on How to use Progesterone Cream too. Take care Wray

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