Can progesterone cream cause heartburn?
(Las Vegas, NV)
First of all, thank you for your awesome website! I've learned so much about progesterone cream, and hormones in general, now that I'm going through that period in life of weight gain and hot flashes!! I started on progesterone cream late last year, and after using 20 mg. twice a day to control hot flashes, the flashes are gone, and so is some extra weight! Progesterone cream really works to help balance hormones and get the weight off. So my question now is as of 5 months ago, I'm experiencing acid reflux, and never knew how painful it could be. I'm watching my diet, eating bland food and eating less in general. The reflux fortunately has improved and the pain is less, so I'm thankful for that. Today as I was checking out some articles online, I came across a few websites that state that progesterone pills can irritate the esophagus. Since the cream is absorbed through the skin, vs. orally, I would think that the cream wouldn't cause this problem. However, I thought it was important to write you and see what your thoughts are on this. It's still a hormone that's being absorbed through the skin, and so I'm wondering if it's possible that once the cream is absorbed into the bloodstream, could it still irritate the esophagus? I pretty much doubt that this is the case, but you seem to be very knowledgeable about progesterone, so whatever thoughts you have on this I would very much appreciate!
Thanks so much!!