Pain and swelling: Will progesterone cream help?
Dear Wray, My order arrived today. Hurray! I could hardly wait to get started. So, I've already applied the progesterone to areas where it's needed.
I have questions about a very delicate subject. But first of all, I want to say thank you for your informative website. I've read for hours and appreciate your hard work, heart, and dedication to helping women.
Since I haven't found the main symptom that concerns me on your forum, I'll write it here.
I'm 50 years old; had my last period when I was about 45. Since the birth of my last child, 19 years ago, I've experienced severe to moderate pain during physical intimacy with my husband. She was a natural birth, no complications, no episiotomy.
Doctors have not explained the cause of the pain.
Over the years, some have suggested I take HRT or an estrogen cream. This is an uncomfortable idea for me, and I haven't tried it.
In addition, last December I found a walnut-sized "lump" right on the edge of the vaginal orifice. It's soft, yet firm, and it can be pushed back inside the vagina.
I went to a gynecologist 100 miles away, because there isn't a gyno doctor in my hometown, and he examined me and said that he didn't see anything wrong.
After I was home, while standing, I checked and sure enough the lump was still there. It moves a little and can be pushed back inside. I think that while I was lying on the table during the exam that it was back inside and not detectable.
The doctor said that the walls of my vagina are thin. He said that I have vaginal atrophy, and explained that this is the cause of the pain. He prescribed a low dose HRT, recommended a mammogram, the whole shabam. He also ordered blood work--the typical panel.
Have you heard of anything like this lump? And if so, do you know what can be done for it?
I applied about 1 1/2 tsp cream. I'm unsure of the amount to use. Even after reading the information, I'm unsure of the correct dosage. I'll apply a second dose this evening.
Thank you for reading my long inquiry. You are a dear.