Used progesterone creme before and had problems. what now?
I'm a 47 yr old woman. I started using progesterone creme around 2002. It was the Vinco brand at 3%. At first it was wonderful. My joints stopped hurting. Helped my carpal tunnel, period cramps reduced, did'nt catch colds anymore. I used it on a 14 day cycle I believe it was.
After awhile it stopped helping slowly. I began breakthrough bleeding. Near the end I never knew when my period was coming. Or I would get a period, stop and restart a few days later. I can't remember what dosage i used or the cycles I used at this point because I was always changing since my bleeding had me so confused as to when to use it.
In 2007 I was under extreme stress from a multitude of reasons during the late fall which was never a good time for me anyway and it got real bad. Enormous water retention and weight gain so I stopped. I started getting hot flashes, mood swings and very bad water retention. I also stopped getting periods for about 3 months at at time.
My friend who owned a natural food store and started me on the creme in the beginning convinced me to start again and us ALOT of it. So I tried and it just go worse. So i stopped again. It seemed like my symptoms would be better in the spring and summer months. Finally I spoke to a woman who used chinese herbs and she told me I needed to cleanse my liver and gall bladder. She also said that Progesterone creme starts to act like estrogen in the body after you have used it for a long time. I believed that was the problem. So I didn't use it again.
I used her herbs for a long time but never did the gallbladder flush because it scared me. I got my last period last september. I get hot flashes and cramping, water retention and it feels as if I'm "cycling" but I assume I'm in menopause. I am using chaste berry which helps with the hot flashes but the water retention still comes and goes and seems to correspond with how many carbohydrates I eat.
I wish to try progesterone creme again because I fondly remember how good I felt on it. But I'm afraid I will get worse and that the chinese lady was right that it will act like estrogen in my body.
Please tell me if this is true. Or perhaps how I can take it again and get the results I once had. Before all this happened I always had cysts on my ovaries and Horrible period cramps since I was 11yrs old. I also have anxiety and OCD.
Can someone tell me what happened before to me with the progesterone creme and how I can take it again? PLEASE! I'm miserable.