by Jessica M.
I'm 32 years old.
I started using natural bioidentical progesterone cream 3 months ago, because I think I have progesterone deficiency because I have PCOS and I didn't have regular periods. Even if I had my period earlier I had very bad cramps and brown spotting sometimes. I also noticed some estrogen dominance symptoms like: breast tenderness, bloating, insomnia, irritability, axiety, depression, weight gain around the belly and hips, hair loss, craving for sweets.
Since I started using the progesterone cream I established normal 27-28 day long cylces. (I used the cream in the second half of the cycle for 10-12 days applying the cream 2x 5-10mg a day only. It seemd like it worked and I felt pretty good in my skin but all of a sudden after two months the estrogen dominance symptoms got stronger. I knew that if you have estrogen dominant symptoms it will get stronger because of the cream so I was kind of prepared.
I was trying to figure out what to do because someone said when your period starts then you stop the cream, then later another person said if I have PCOS I have to use the cream nonstop. So I got very confused meanwhile. And these are the instructions what I got for the dosage: Cycle day 1-10 apply 20mg cream at night, and then from cycle day 11- the start of your period apply 2x20mg. I started to follow this and now I just had a cycle of 19 days only and again with bad cramps and mood swings. I also started to consume milled flaxseed daily cause I read that it helps with facial hair which I also have because of the PCOS.
I currently have the cream from Bountifulbird, it says its naturally derived from plant sources (Bountiful Bird bioidentical USP progesterone is derived from wild yam). Formulated to meet Dr. John Lee\'s strict criteria, each 1/4 teaspoon of Bountiful Bird Phyto Plus progesterone cream provides 20 mg. of bioidentical progesterone and 60 mg. of phytoestrogen supplements.
So my questions are: how much cream should I use a day to overcome the estrogen dominant symptoms? Is this cream what I have good?
What's up with the phytoestrogens? If I consume it in flaxseed form does it make my symptoms worse? So many confusion on the internet everywhere...