Hi Wray, I've been using a compounded progesterone cream. They said the progesterone is made from yams and that the base is vanicream which they said includes: water, petrolatum, sorbitol, cetearl alcohol, propopine glycol, glycerol monostrate.

Are these ingredients ok?

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Jul 14, 2011
Compounded Cream
by: Eve

The compound cream I tried did not work for me. I assume one or more of the ingrediants was a problem. I don't think all compounds are made with the same ingrediants so yours might work fine. My advice is to pay attention and be aware if symptoms are not getting better or you are feeling worse. Don't "marry it" so to speak because it is progesterone cream. I was on oral and trouche delivery and wanted to try cream. My doc prescribed the same amount via compounded cream. At the time my symptoms were fairly stable, but I thought I might use less dose if I used cream as it is thought to be the best delivery method. Horrifying symptoms came back. At first I was confused as to why I was feeling terrible and then I realized the compounded cream was not working for me. I am not trying to scare you, but make you aware that some compounded creams don't work for everyone. Be alert as symptoms can creep in. Eve

Jul 14, 2011
by: Anonymous

VaniCream is a very safe product made out of only natural ingredients. Hope that helps.

Jul 15, 2011
by: Wray

Hi there I know vanicream, and yes it does contain all that. Petrolatum is of course petroleum jelly, in other words a mineral oil. It's cheap and is the preferred base for many cosmetics and skin creams because of this. Liquid paraffin is another cheap mineral oil which is often used. According to the EWG, petrolatum is found in one of every 14 products on the market. They contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, implicated in cancer. I wouldn't use propylene glycol in any cream I made, or would ever use a cream which contained it. It's a close relative of anti-freeze. The following sites are all excellent for their in depth research. In fact the EWB has one devoted to cosmetics, see Skin Deep. There is a window into which you can put any of the above ingredients. You will be given a hazard rating, plus any concerns they have. Many so called pure products are not, they contain impurities which are of course not listed. An example are the PEG emulsifiers, often used in cosmetics. PEG stands for polyethylene glycol, it can contain 1,4-dioxane a human carcinogen. EWG has another page on these, see here. The Green Guide is another site you could look at. Take care Wray

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