Starting Progesterone Cream, Massive Water Retention
(Ohio, USA )
My blood tests showed that my progesterone level is 0.4 compared to an estrogen level of 115. It does not say the unit of measure, BUT I have felt extremely estrogen dominant my entire reproductive life. I am 30 years old, and had my uterus, tubes, and cervix removed at 27 due to excessive and uncontrolled bleeding. Since then, I have gained 30 pounds and have serious water retention issues that Lasix does not help. I have been treated for adrenal burnout and take Cortef as needed. My water retention seems very unrelated to the steroids however. In fact, when I began steroid treatment, I lost three pounds.
I decided to try progesterone cream as a last resort, and give it a real go. I have been taking 180mg of cream in three 60 mg doses. It sure seems like a LOT of cream. Today is my 7th day. I have gained 6 pounds and my breasts are swollen, heavy, and tender. I've tried progesterone cream in the past, but could not get past this flare up symptoms. I dont know if I can make it too many more weeks feeling this way. I cannot button my jeans at this point.