A Little Scared about Weight Gain and Bioidentical Progesterone!

by Angie
(New York)

I've been reading over your website including the questions and answers and am pretty excited that I may have found the answer to the nightmare of menopausal symptoms. However, I'm a little scared about weight gain for this reason: during both of my pregnancies, I gained 50 pounds of water weight which came off by the third week after birth). I was so bloated and puffy, it looked like you could prick me and I would pop like a balloon! Since pregnancy causes progesterone to increase, and I experienced such traumatic weight/water gain, I am concerned that taking bioidentical progesterone will have the same effect. Can someone put my fears to rest? Thank you!

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May 29, 2013
A Little Scared about Weight Gain and Bioidentical Progesterone!
by: Wray

Hi Angie Progesterone is an excellent diuretic, it can't cause water retention. There's more info on our page about Traumatic Brain Injury. But oestrogen does cause it, and oestrogen also rises during pregnancy. So this is probably the reason you retained water. When using too little progesterone it can cause water retention, as it's stimulating oestrogen, so please make sure you use sufficient. Oestrogen Dominance can occur with anyone though, but I've found if high amounts are used the affect is lessened, and passes quicker. We do have a page on Peri-menopause you could look through, and another on Menopause too. And a general one on How to use progesterone cream. If you try it let me know how you get on. Take care Wray

Jul 06, 2016
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by: Jacqueline

HI Angie

I experienced horrific weight gain - 1 stone over 9 months in early menopause. I was frantic about it - Id been a slim active woman all my life and felt a real sense of loss of identity and control. After using bio-identical hormones - Estrogen and progesterone taken by troche immediately stopped the weight gain and Testerone by creme eased the anxiety. Every now and then, now that my symptoms have been under control for 2 years I consider synthetic HRT (a far cheaper alternative) but am too nervous to change as even a slight change in the dosage changes my symptoms.. But Id genuinely recommend Progesterone.

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