Progesterone After DCIS
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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?
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