Progesterone Cream Caused Floaters - HELP!

by Katie
(USA)

I am devastated.

After using progesterone cream for a number of months, I eventually stopped using it. It did help a lot with some mysterious chronic pain I was having. However, I seem to have developed floaters in my eyes for the first time in my life. After doing a little research on Google, I have found others who experienced vision problems, such as blurry vision and floaters, from using progesterone cream. Had I known this, I would have never used it, because they're destroying my day-to-day life.

These floaters are driving me mad. At first I only saw them in certain situations, but now? They're 24/7. They zoom all over any time I move my eyes, and I can't concentrate. I can't stand being under bright lights or sunlight. It's like having bugs flying around or stuck on your eyeballs. It's distracting and disgusting and I just want my normal vision back.

I don't know what to do. Has anyone else here experienced this? Are there any supplements I can take to reduce the effects the progesterone cream had?

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Jun 08, 2015
Floaters
by: Diane

Katie~
I am so sorry that you have this condition. It must be so frustrating. I have worked for a Bioidentical hormone doctor for 2 years and out of nearly a thousand patients, most who have been on progesterone therapy, we have never seen this side effect of floaters in the eyes in our patients or heard of this ever being a possibility. I myself have been on P for nearly three years and many personal family and fiends as well and have not ever experienced this. Have you visited with an ophthalmologist? What does the doctor state? Do you have any other medical conditions?
Women produce progesterone in the body natrually at varying levels throughout their reproductive life and in vastly great levels during pregnancy. Im not sure this condition is really a consequence of progesterone. I will ask the doctor what her thoughts are. I will let you know. Till then, I Hope you have seen an opthalmologist and had a full evaluation.
Take care.
Diane

Jun 08, 2015
Progesterone Cream Caused Floaters - HELP!
by: RJ

Hello Katie!
First, how old are you and second what brand and how much of the cream did you use? Do you have high blood pressure or diabetes? If you do so more research you will find women who are ED will have all sorts of issues with their eyes...floaters are just one of them, along with dry and gritty eyes. I have suffered with all of them. Blurred vision really upset me because I have never had to wear glasses and now I have that restriction on my license. I do not want to sound off here, but I do not understand why someone wants to automatically point a finger at progesterone. Other things happen in our lives, we become deficient in vitamins and minerals over time. Since you have been taking progesterone for some time and it has helped other issues for you, how do you not know it isn't something else going amiss in your life causing it? If you are in peri all sorts of things are going to go haywire for you and things that once were normal no longer are. Eye stress can cause floaters. Aside from diseases, most floaters are from a lack of proper nutrients. Check out this site here. It's my "go to" for many ailments.

Hopefully, these sites will offer some solutions for you! Don't give up! God Bless! RJ

Jun 08, 2015
Floaters
by: Shalny

That sounds awful. It hasn't happened to me and hopefully never does. Could it be coincidental? Have you consulted a dr.? How much have you been using and for how long? Also, do you trust the manufacturer or brand you've been using? There are so many ingredients out there that can adversely affect us.

Jun 09, 2015
Progesterone Cream Caused Floaters - HELP!
by: Wray

Hi RJ That site Earth Clinic is very good. I'm fascinated they recommend taurine for the floaters. Irritating that one man says he took it for 5 days and it hasn't helped.....5 days.....huh?! It is the most important amino acid for the eyes, a potent antioxidant. Not only do I take it daily, but I make up 2% taurine eyedrops for myself, and 'wash' my eyes each morning and night using a dropper. It's so soothing. These are some studies on taurine and eyes, sorry rather too many I see! Here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Blessings to you, take care Wray

Jun 09, 2015
Progesterone Cream causes Floaters - HELP!
by: Alyce

I agree with RJ. Why does progesterone always get blamed? If progesterone is not used correctly it can cause an upset. The CORRECT amount of progesterone is of the utmost importance, different brands have different strengths. This website if full of information advising the correct way of using progesterone. Stress also plays a big part.

Jun 12, 2015
Follow up
by: Katie

It's possible it's a coincidence, of course, but my gut feeling - whatever that's worth - is that it's not.

Many women start getting floaters or experience a worsening of floaters during pregnancy, so hormone fluctuations can cause them. Just google "pregnant and eye floaters" or other phrases along that line, and you'll find many pregnant women discussing the development of floaters. Women entering menopause sometimes experience issues with floaters as well.

My blood pressure is normal, and I do not have diabetes.

Ophthalmologist and doctors in general do not consider floaters to be a serious or important issue, unless you have such numerous, dark, and/or large floaters that they cause near blindness. Some doctors even suggest that floaters are a psychological phenomenon that's merely in your head. I haven't wasted my money yet on a visit, because I'm sure that's all it'll be - a waste.

Also, just to note - based on all my research I've done and a few doctors I've spoken to online, eye stress and eye strain (from, for example, frequent computer use) can NOT cause floaters. It may cause eye tiredness, redness, and irritation, but that strain doesn't reach all the way back to the vitreous and somehow damage it.

Again, there are many different causes for floaters, but hormones is one of them. Yes, the progesterone cream helped one of my issues, but I've tried plenty of medications and supplements before - both natural and otherwise - that helped one issue and caused another. So I'm not going to rule the progesterone out.

Jun 13, 2015
Progesterone Cream Caused Floaters - HELP!
by: RJ

Hello to you Wray!
Hope all is well. I see Joy has been answering queries and I know when that happens you are getting stressed. Take care of yourself and slow down LOL. Easier said than done isn't it...don't I know. Earth Clinic is fantastic...there are others but this situation I knew they had this answer. I remember you telling me about those eye drops. I never did that, everything left once the I started the cream and all the supplements, I just couldn't see the last box on the drivers' test...dumb!
Now Katie, obviously, you will find out if your floaters will go away from the removal of progesterone. You didn't state your age, but if you are in peri you will pursue the usage of it again because you will have multiple problems occurring and if you are in meno you should be taking it to ward off cancer that strikes women once their periods stop altogether because remember we continue to make estrogen and you need progesterone to balance the estrogen our bodies are building to harmful levels. If you read my story you will find I have little faith in "white coat" doctors....floaters do come from stress, whether it be day-to-day stress or computer stress. I know from experience...google Dr. Mercola's site, he just posted a recent study on floaters and eye stress...quite interesting. Best of luck to you in your journey! Wray I am off to the garden...dern potato beetles have almost destroyed my patch in less than two days. I sprayed last night and am hopeful I find lots of buggies laying about on the ground LOL. Take care of yourself and remember to slow down! God Bless! RJ

Jun 13, 2015
Floaters
by: Diane

Hi Katie~
Experiencing the symptoms of floaters has got to be so frustrating. I find it interesting that out of the thousand women that I have encountered in our medical office who are on progesterone, not one pt has ever complained of this symptom. If P brought on the symptom of floaters, it must be a rare phenomenon. Also, you stated that your research has uncovered that horomone flexuations can lead to floaters. There are no times in a women's life where hormone flexuations are greater then when she's pregnant and Perimenopausal. I sincerely hope that this resolves for you over time.
Best,
Diane

Jun 15, 2015
Follow up
by: Anonymous

If I developed eye floaters under stress, I would have gotten them probably 15+ years ago. I have gone through many periods of severe stress and experienced no eye issues. I started developing floaters during a period where I had very little stress, and the only stress I have now really is being caused by the floaters themselves.

My intention was not to bad-mouth progesterone or blame it for all my woes. But given the timing, the fact that I've NEVER experienced these before, and a few other women who mentioned they got blurry vision and floaters after taking progesterone, I felt it would be rather silly to assume it COULDN'T be the progesterone.

And for the record, I used the dosages recommended here. I did a lot of research beforehand.

Jun 16, 2015
Floaters
by: Joy

Hi RJ

How are you, it's been a while. Hope you and the family are doing well.

Take care.

Jun 16, 2015
Progesterone Cream Caused Floaters - HELP!
by: RJ

Hello Katie!
Unfortunately, as we get older things are going to happen to us. I do not see your age anywhere, so we can only assume since you have taken progesterone for some ailment that you are either in peri or meno. As you can see from other folks, nobody can link floaters with progesterone. Again, not knowing your age my mother has had terrible floaters and arrow-like flashes going across her eyes consistently. Recently, at a follow up with her eye doctor, she was told that as we age the jelly part of our eyes begin to shrink and/or fall and it causes floaters in some people. She is 79, again, not knowing your age, perhaps that is the trouble. Maybe you should visit an eye doctor and have them look into this matter, you may find that it has nothing to do with progesterone. Also remember that water retention builds and can do so in the back of the eye, pushing on optical nerves. So, if you might be in peri, where water retention is so very bad for all of us, that may be causing the issue. Just as water retention is so bad in pregnancy and women complain of these floaters. You may not be feeling the retention in your hands, feet, etc., but the eyes are more sensitive and that could be it. And when you say you took the recommended amount on this site, for how long did you take it. I have taken 400-1,000 mg a day of cream for over three years and I still have all kinds of issues that come and go and I'm 49. My thoughts are that your floaters should be gone by now since you have been off the cream for a couple weeks as supplemental progesterone lasts less than 24 hours in our bodies and hopefully you will be able to find something other than the cream to help the symptoms you were having to cause you to start the progesterone initially. God Bless! RJ

Jun 18, 2015
Progesterone Cream Caused Floaters - HELP!
by: RJ

Hello Joy!
We are hanging in there. Life is still throwing us so many curve balls. My husband still cannot breathe with doctors finding no solution or cause. My father is getting worse with the dementia. Refuses to take anything we are trying to give to him...his answer is always I am allergic to it. So sad to watch such a debilitating disease. Our oldest son is healing from third degree burns on his arm. On the good side, I actually have been feeling better, other than a sciatic that's driving me insane. I work hard in my gardens, which are about 1,200 sq feet and I sweat till I'm drenched...it makes me feel great and aside from my sciatic slowing me down I have tons of energy. Still use my progesterone everyday. Haven't had any real bad issues with the female side...knock on wood. We pray alot and hand most of what comes our way to the Lord for Him to take care of. Have to as all these things are so beyond our control and care. But as Scarlet said "Afterall, tomorrow's another day" LOL. Take care of yourself, Joy and Wray, too! God Bless! RJ

Jun 24, 2015
RJ
by: Joy

Hi RJ

Life is simply one big curve ball! hahaha. Such a pity that your husband will not take anything, does that mean progesterone too? Such a pity if that is the case, but I have a suggestion. Why don't you ask him to rub Natpro on your back, that way he will be getting progesterone too! *wink* Sorry about your son hope he is healing well.

Glad to hear that you are doing well, I think that you and Wray would get on so well, you both love digging in the garden. She loves camping too, that is horror material for me!! lol

Take care.
xxx

Jul 20, 2016
Eye Floaters
by: Pam

I have gotten them in one eye since starting Progesterone cream June 29th,2016.

Jul 22, 2016
Eye Floaters
by: Joy

Hi Pam

If you type ‘Floaters’ in the search bar provided you will find a few posts on them. It is not progesterone that is causing it. So many people tend to think that progesterone is the cause. It is actually excess estrogen. What cream are you using now and how much? It could be that you are not using enough which is aggravating your estrogen receptors. As you were on Estrace your estrogen levels will be high, therefore suffering from Estrogen Dominance symptoms. A lack of the amino acid, Taurine could also be the cause of your floaters. Please read this http://www.progesteronetherapy.com/progesterone-cream-caused-floaters-help.html

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