I hope I am writing this question in the right place. I am in early menopause and have decided to double up on my progesterone cream usage to see if I can eradicate my night sweats and insomnia. Just want to know if I can continue to take phytoestrogenic foods through my diet. I have always worked on the premise that these foods would supplement my low estrogen but can clearly see it might negate my progesterone usage. If anything can I still take my 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds daily or do I have to eradicate all phytoestrogenic foods to benefit from the progesterone?
It is all a bit complicated as my herbalist gave me a formula (shatavari, red clover, pulsatilla, rose etc.) which works fabulously for 10 days (cures all aliments including insomnia) but then I get, what I assume is, estrogen dominance (bloating, headache, insomnia returns). Would it make any sense to be able to balance taking progesterone and this formula? I gather you are going to say that I do not need any extra estrogen but I have had had horrible hot flashes/ night sweats and insomnia for 2 years and have been using progesterone cream as well (albeit not at the levels I see you recommending on this site). Thanks for your input.