by Arlene

I am 46 years old. I have regular periods but suffer from terrible PMS which is why I decided to try progesterone cream. I am using pro relief balance cream 3000 mg it’s progestogen from wild yams. I began using the cream on day 14 of my cycle and five days later I started bleeding like a period. This has never happened to me before as I said before I have regular 29-31 day cycles. I’m not sure what to do now should I stop the cream or continue using it?

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Feb 01, 2022
by: joy

​Hi Arlene

As you have most probably read already on this website, you are in Peri-Menopause (PM) which can be a terrible time in a woman's life. Although your periods are regular it is preferred to use progesterone cream every day with no breaks now unless you are ttc.

Hormones become unbalanced during PM, I have suggested to some women who suffer from PMS etc and want to use the cream while following their cycle i.e. your luteal phase, to increase the amount they use the few days prior to bleeding, it does seem to help. I'd be interested to hear if it helps you too. If you are on the pill or any other synthetic HRT will make matters worse, they all have a potential to cause harm. Also sugar, apart from it being toxic, leads to the excretion of magnesium, which is vital in preventing PMS and menopausal symptoms in the first place see here.

I am unfamiliar with ProLief, advice given on this website is based on Natpro which is a 3.33% cream. Between 100-200mg is required, more if symptoms are severe. The late Dr Kittie Dalton used to ​successfully ​prescribe 800mg per day until the situation improved see here. Perhaps contact ProLief and discuss with them.

Progesterone will disrupt things when first using it as the body adjusts. It can take 2-6 months for this to happen, please read the How to use Progesterone Cream page. Take note of Estrogen Dominance symptoms which you may also experience when first using progesterone.

Vitamin D3 is so very important, what is your level? A deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone and is connected to every single functioning cell in our bodies making it vital, as are the co-factors mentioned.​​

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