Progesterone cream verses Promtrium

by Carol
(Battle mtn, Nevada)

I would like to know the differnce its all so confusing... I started out on just estrogen after being off it for 8 years, my mind was getting clearer but no energy or sex drive, I suffer from severe anxiety and depression.

I have been on Xanax for 20 years and anti depressants this year. I have no sex drive and I was put on compounded T cream in Sept and Promitrium. Also, I don't seem to like it. I have tried 3 different usp creams and I think they make me fell worse than promitrium. I'm now on the vivelle patch. My complete hysterectomy was in 1995 had a tubal ligation in 1986. I so want to feel good but even the hormones aren't helping thought my bloood levels all showed low. The creams I have tried are Prolief by Arbonne and ess pro lief one that dr lee has recommended. I can't remember the third one. I read where progesterone will help anxity and depression and sex drive, well I disagree. I seem more down and as I said I started promtrium Sept 20 and went to creams Oct 26th, so I think I need some advice... what's in promtrium that's not in a cream. They say promitrium is bioidentical? Thanks

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Nov 19, 2010
Progesterone cream verses Promtrium
by: Wray

Hi Carol It can be confusing. It seems your problems started after you had the tubal ligation, this doesn't surprise me, see here. You had this procedure just over 20 years ago, and you say you've been on the anxiety meds for 20 years. We do have a page on Anxiety. Please read through it, it explains what to do about it. Giving you oestrogen and testosterone would have made things worse. And then adding progesterone at the low dose recommended for the creams, would have merely ramped up the oestrogen, keeping you in permanent state of Oestrogen Dominance. Progesterone can help with your symptoms, but only if enough is used. To feel well it's essential to make progesterone the dominant hormone, but this won't occur if oestrogen is taken too. And as for testosterone, I don't believe any woman needs this. There's evidence progesterone increases libido, and not testosterone, see here. It could be your prolactin is high, this wouldn't surprise me either, as oestrogen stimulates it's production. High prolactin decreases libido. I recommend 100-200mg/day progesterone, but in a form that's absorbed well, oral progesterone is the least effective delivery system, see our page on Progesterone application methods. This page also explains the ingredients in the many progesterone preparations that there are. I feel you'll need at least 200mg/day progesterone, either as injections, suppositories or a cream. These three systems deliver progesterone effectively. Take care Wray

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