Increased breast size

by Alta Booyens
(Pretoria, South Africa)

I'm 60 yrs old, had a hysterectomy about 14 yrs ago (still have ovaries). Shortly after began experiencing menopause symptoms-hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings. It was awful, but didn't want to take HRT, so started with things like black cohosh, red clover and also tried progesterone cream (New Balance from AIM).

I stopped the progesterone because it worsened the symptoms (seems now I took too little?) Now,more than 10 yrs later, the flashes are all but gone, still suffer insomnia though. My problem is that my breasts have increased in size from B cup to a E cup! What caused this? My weight did increase as I have developed Insulin Resistance for which I take 2000gm Glucophage per day, but my breast size increased out of proportion! Could the supplement for menopause be the culprit or estrogen dominance? I've started progesterone cream again (Solal) and am weaning myself from Menoclove plus (Bioharmony). Will my breast size return to normal if I increase the progesterone cream to your recommended 200mg per day? Thanks.

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Nov 08, 2010
Increased breast size
by: Wray

Hi Alta A hyst can send us into hormonal turmoil, in spite of leaving the ovaries in. The cream you used is a low strength and the amount they suggest is far too low to make much difference. I recommend 100-200mg/day. The higher amount if symptoms are bad, as yours were. Low amounts of progesterone merely ramp up the oestrogen affect, see our page on Oestrogen Dominance for more info on this. Your ovaries will not be producing progesterone, and very little if any oestrogen. But unfortunately our fat cells produce oestrogen, with no progesterone to counter this, we tend to put on weight. Breasts are extremely sensitive to hormones, so are one of the first places to be affected. IR is also a very common occurrence in peri-menopausal/menopausal women, excess oestrogen is causing it, plus a lack of vitamin D. Please have a test done, most of us have too low a level, even those living in sunny climates. We spend too much time indoors. For more info see the Vitamin D council website. No need for the diabetic drug you are taking, there are many natural substances which help reverse IR. Glucophage only affects one aspect of IR, a high glucose level, it doesn't address the cause. Please see our page on Insulin Resistance for more info. I can't say if your breasts will return to normal, it has occurred in some women, but not others. But I hope they do reduce a bit. Take care Wray

Mar 28, 2014
by: Anonymous

I have had an extreme weight loss, through no efforts on my part. Have lost way to much weight and of course chest is the first to go. Was never big chested to begin with, if I take progestrone, will it help me increase "something" back? I see you mentioned Vitamin D..............Can you elaborate?

Thank you, just shy of surgery.

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