2 months using cream...sore boobs and retaining water

by Katie
(Reno, NV)

Hi there,

I've been using progesterone cream for about two months now. At first I was using too little and didn't get results, so I bumped it up to 200mg per day sometimes more, applying throughout the day. My skin is clearer, my hair seems to be growing faster, and my mood is more calm, however my breasts are swollen and have been for the past couple weeks. Its weird and I'm not a fan. I am not due to start my period yet and before using the cream, I didn't really have a problem with swollen boobs. They are super sore and I've had to switch over to my old bras from when I was breastfeeding. I am also feeling really bloated in the belly and like I'm retaining water. My whole body seems to be swelling. Am I using too much perhaps?

I am currently using it every single day. Last time I had my period I attempted to take a break from the cream .. but that wasn't a good idea...I felt terrible within a day of stopping I started back up and resolved to use every day for a while. Maybe that's too much? I was hoping progesterone cream would help me to drop water, not retain more. :(.


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Jan 08, 2022
swollen Breasts
by: Anonymous

I am also having this issue. I have been taking about 200mg almost daily, bar one month that I stopped cycle days 1-8.
I don't know if I should keep going or not? I am scared to increase as I had abnormal breast biopsies and don't want to mess with my breast hormonal health.

Jan 08, 2022
2 months using cream ... sore boobs and retainign water
by: Joy

Hi Katie

I am dreadfully sorry but I have only seen your post now only because someone else posted on it.  Things do tend to fall through the loop at times.

Have you found relief?  Painful boobs are due to a few things.  Your body is adjusting to progesterone.  You did the right thing by increasing the amount, in fact you could have gone higher to get you over this, same applies to water retention.  We always advise experimenting with the amount used. You are still suffering from Estrogen Dominance.  If you read the list of symptoms there you will see that they mention water retention.  Many women suffer from this and the quickest way to deal with it is to increase the amount.  Progesterone therapy is not an overnight fix, it can take 2-6 months before positive results are felt provided progesterone is being used correctly.  Read the How to use Progesterone Cream.

Painful breasts could also indicate that you have thyroid problems.  Have you had this tested and are you taking iodine and selenium, both support the thyroid and you could be deficient in those too.  You could also have a prolactin issue.  The Breast Tenderness page explains in more detail.  

What is your Vitamin D3 level?  A deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone.  Please consider having that tested too, the level must remain optimal at all times.  

Please let us know how you are getting on.

Jan 08, 2022
Swollen Breasts
by: Joy

Hi there

Please read my reply to Katie above.

You have not been using progesterone correctly if you want to use it by following your cycle. The cream should only be used from ovulation (Luteal Phase) for the last 14 days of the cycle. Please read the How to use Progesterone Cream page, link mentioned in the above post. However in your case, I suggest that you use the cream every day until your body adjusts and progesterone is dominant.

Please do not be concerned about using progesterone because you have breast problems. Progesterone in fact is most beneficial when it comes to progesterone. I was constantly plagued with breast cysts and tenderness. Every year I had to have the cysts aspirated. These cysts were cause by excess estrogen. The moment progesterone became dominant I have never had a cyst since. Same applies with ovarian cysts. Mine have never returned. I do take iodine and selenium to help support my thyroid.

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