Progesterone helped with my fibrocyctic breasts

by Deb
(Janesville, WI USA)

A year and a half ago I started reading Dr. Lee's book on menopause and decided to start using progestrone cream. I was able to find a doctor who was knowlegeable on the subject and helped me start the cream. I am 51 years old and had awful fibrocyctic breast pain for most of my life. I was constantly called back for mamograms and ultrasounds because of the number of cysts in my breasts.

When I first started using the cream the breast pain was probably the worse I had ever had but the doctor explained that the progesterone was "waking up" the estrogen receptors in my breasts. I hung in there and am now so pleased! I have had two thermograms of my breasts a year apart and the difference even shows there! No more breast pain! I am in perimenopause now with my periods in the last year starting to become very irregular.

I was wondering if raising the amount of progesterone I am using will help with prolonged bleeding that I am experiencing with my periods. My last period was 10 days long (Mostly spotting for the last 4 days) then it quit for 7 days and then started again with mostly lite flow and spotting. I had been doing 20mg a day but I think I want to go to 40mg a day. Will that help? Should I do more? I have an appointment with a new Dr., as my old one retired, but that is not for a month.

Also, just a note, I have had no hot flashes or any other symptoms of menopause which I am sure is a credit to progesterone.

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Feb 01, 2010
Progesterone Treatment for Fibrocystic breasts
by: Anonymous

Very Interesting about the Cream Progesterone "waking up the Estrogen" and that you found this was helping your fibrocystic breasts. Also that you do Thermography vs Mammograms. I think the same way and feel I have obtained the same results but will say I have been prescribed biodentical Progesterone (200mg) tablets and found that it has controlled the bleeding wonderfully (due to multiple fibroids and enlarged uterus)... but had ultrasounds last year for the cystic breasts that were benign. This may have been due to the year long treatment of Progesterone. I too have skipped a couple of months of my period, so I stopped taking the Progesterone tablet, but found that the third month was rough with having the period. So now I am inclined to restart the Progesterone, but have requested "biodentical cream". I have read that the cream may not deliver properly into the body and that the tablets may be the way to go. I hope by reading another perspective may help in guiding you. Keep me posted regarding how you are doing and readdress your treatment plan. Thank You!

Feb 02, 2010
Progesterone helped with my fibrocyctic breasts
by: Wray

Hi Deb. I am so pleased the progesterone helped, and at such a low dose too. I usually recommend 100-200mg/day for severe symptoms. Progesterone does help with heavy bleeding, in fact can stop it if the dose is between 600-900mg/day. But peri-menopause is such a difficult time, you might like to read more about it here.

A higher amount will help with the other symptoms of peri-menopause which you luckily don't seem to have! But it will not stop the erratic cycle you are now in. The bleeding should get lighter on a higher amount, as it suppresses the excess oestrogen you now have. Oestrogen and only oestrogen causes the cells lining the uterus to multiply. A drop in progesterone levels causes us to bleed. If the level is too low bleeding can be continuous. I would suggest you try a higher amount, and it's best to divide it between am and pm, this prevents the level dropping too low. Please have a look at >this web page

Feb 02, 2010
Progesterone Treatment for Fibrocystic breasts
by: Wray

Progesterone does activate the oestrogen receptor sites, and vice versa, please see this web page on this.

I'm pleased you're switching to the cream as oral progesterone is the least effective delivery system, please see these papers...
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Take care, Wray

Feb 24, 2010
Progesterone Treatment for Fibrocystic breasts
by: Wray

I'm interested you are using oral progesterone and it's helped. It's generally regarded as the least effective delivery system, most of it being destroyed by the gut and liver. The best are injections, suppositories/pessaries and creams, please see these papers...
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So I hope you find even greater benefit from the cream, from 100-200mg/day of progesterone should be used. The cream is far more versatile than the tablets as it can be applied everywhere. Specially on sore or aching places, including the breasts, progesterone is effective against mastodynia and fibrocystic breast disease. Take care, Wray

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