Saliva or Blood test?
Dear Progesterone Therapy
I know you answer questions about general use of progesterone creams in addition to just using Natpro. I've been wanting to use Natpro but it seems to be out of stock every time I try to purchase a tube.
In the meantime, I'm using a compounded version of progesterone cream prescribed by my doctor and its 50mg a pump. I use between 2-3 pumps a day depending on my symptoms.
I originally had a saliva hormonal test which determined that I was low in progesterone. Since then, I've been blood tested twice and I continue to show that I'm low.
However, the compounding pharmacist told me that blood tests do not give an accurate reading for progesterone levels when using a cream. The best way to measure progesterone would be via a saliva test. However, those tests cost at least $240.
Is she just trying to get me to spend more money or this true? Should I be saliva tested to get an accurate account?
I also have another question. A nurse practitioner I've seen told me that she was a little concerned about my using so much progesterone on a daily basis. She said that it could lead to atypical PAP smears and that I should monitor this carefully. Well, guess what? After years of getting very normal/perfect PAP smears, and I've been on progesterone for about a year now, my PAP smear came back atypical. Connection?