Very sore breasts
I have quite bad breast swelling/tenderness before my period, which has been ongoing since I was a teenager. I am now 32 and it has gotten worse in the last 5 or so years. I take Evening Primrose Oil twice a day, which was effective at first, but after a few months my body seems to have become immune to it.
I am not on the contraceptive pill and also take a Vit E and a Fish oil and a Calcium/Magnesium/Vit D tablet every day (I started taking the last one recently as I think winter has left me Vit D deficient.)
The last two cycles my breast swelling started 2 weeks before my period and is really painful. I also have a bit of spotting in the 3-4 days before the period starts. Once it does start, I do not have that much bleeding, and it is mostly brown. It is also over within 3 days. It seems that the shorter my period, the worse the symptoms beforehand were.
I also get a period headache just before and after and sometimes sleeplessness beforehand. But the thing that drives me to despair is the breast tenderness.
Based on reading a lot of the comments on your site, I think I am low in progesterone. The main worry I have about trying progesterone cream is making the breast tenderness worse, as I have read several people's comments saying that this was the case.
I am wondering if there is an ideal way to use the cream (dosage, frequency etc) in order to get rid of this particular symptom?