Progesterone After DCIS

by Kay

Excellent resource, grateful to have found it!

Age 56, athletic, happy. Postmenopausal, bilateral mastectomy/reconstruction patient due to two occurrences of low/intermediate grade DCIS. No chemo or radiotherapy.

3 yr progesterone cream use, stopped at DCIS dx. Rejected estrogen-reducing drugs, but opted for estrogen-reducing diet. Within 2 months flushing and joint pain was intolerable. Went off diet. Improved, but not resolved. 1yr after original DCIS dx, began script of conjugated estrogens/bazedoxifene. Safety profile for my history was ok, with no adverse uterine or breast effects in human trials up to 2 years. Script well tolerated, all symptoms resolved.

I am now beyond the 2 year mark. I don't trust estrogen for long-term use. 6 months ago, began weaning off estrogen by using oral Micronized Progesterone, 200 mgs at night. Last estrogen pill 3 weeks ago. When joint pain returns, a dose or two of Black Cohosh suffices. Progesterone helps with sleep and flushing, but not yet resolving joint pain on its own. Will continue with hopes that it will.

I trust Progesterone supplements, even with my history. Comments on this, please?
How long is it safe to continue Progesterone?

Thank you for being here.

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Feb 07, 2018
Progesterone after DCIS
by: Joy

Hi Kay

I am pleased that you stopped the estrogen, there are well over 100 estrogen mimics in our environment as it is.

Progesterone should be used no less than twice a day, morning and again at night. This will keep progesterone levels stable. Progesterone therapy is a life long commitment, the moment you stop using it, all symptoms return. I have been using Natpro Progesterone Cream for 15 years now with no breaks at all. It can take 2-6 months before positive effects are felt. Joint pain is one of many estrogen dominance symptoms.

Please make sure that you Vitamin D3 level is optimal at 70-100ng/mL. A deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone, co-factors are also needed.

Please read these pages.
How to use Progesterone Cream
Estrogen Dominance
Vitamin D3

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