Progesterone cream versus Climara Pro

by Martina Archuleta
(Elisabethtown, KY, USA)

I found out about progesterone from a friend and did a Yahoo search and found this webside. I did the test and my result was 24.

My symptoms range from anxiety to dry mouth and not being able to sleep. The anxiety is by far the worst. I have irrational fear and feel like I have my fingers in an electric socket. I can relate the symtoms to my cycle that is not regular any longer. I will turn 50 in a few months. Today I went to the obgyn for my regular check up and wanted to get a prescription for bio identical progesterone. I got a lot of talk and ended up with hormone patches called Climara Pro which contains estrogen and progestin. After reading all the side effects I am pretty sure I do not want to take them but I don't want the anxiety any longer either.

My husband is on the doctors side and tell me that the doctors go to school and I should just do what he says and that they have to write all the side effects on the package. But I have no desire to get a heart attack, a stroke or cancer just to prevent the menopausal symptoms. Please help me to make the best choice for me and how I would know how much progesterone to take if I decide to go this route. Thank you.

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Apr 20, 2010
Progesterone cream versus Climara Pro
by: Wray

Hi Martina. You have a tough decision to make, with your husband siding with the doctors. Both the contraceptive pill and HRT come with adverse side affects which are rarely mentioned. But I see you have been doing some reading, as HRT can cause a heart attack, a stroke or cancer. You might like to read more about this here. And here.

I know what you mean about the anxiety as I had it too. We do have a web page which explains why it occurs, please see here. There are many nutrients which help with anxiety, apart from progesterone, the best two are the B vitamin inositol and the amino acid taurine. Both these are mentioned on the page above. Inositol helps with insomnia too, so does progesterone. It raises levels of serotonin, which is the precursor to melatonin our sleep hormone. But if you do decide to try it, please read these two pages first...
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Incidentally there are plenty of research papers on the web site, which should satisfy your husband! Take care, Wray

Aug 10, 2012
HELP for you
by: Anonymous

A man should NEVER tell a menopausal women what to do or take. The hardest part of menopause is that my husband doesn't understand what I am going through. The constant sweating, insomnia, anxiety and weight gain is the greatest challenge I have come across in life. I am 50 years old and have been going through it for 6 years now. I tried everything, bio identical compounds, all the herbs and vitamins (waste of money, read all the books,(waste of money). I realized quality of life is more important, I was miserable. The thing that worked for me is vivelle dot patch, lowest dose. Climara pro patch made my anxiety worse and didn't stay on. Why should we make our 50's so difficult when there is help? A women has a to struggle with menstruation most of her life.When does it all end and for all of the so called experts, you probably never had a hot flash in your life! Do what makes you feel better and stop reading and listening to everyone else. Good diet and exercise along with HRT will make you feel better! I am on your side, Good luck!

Aug 19, 2012
HELP for you
by: Wray

Hi there Very rarely does a man understand what we go through, or have enough empathy to at least help us. You say you tried bio-identical compounds and they didn't work, they rarely do, as the amount given is far too low. They are usually combined too, oestrogen and progesterone, or worse they have testosterone thrown in too. I recommend at least 100-200mg/day progesterone alone, we have more info on our Menopause page. I would never recommend HRT, the risks are not worth the very few benefits, if there are any at all. Take care Wray

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