Questions About Prometrium
I'm 51 and am nearing menopause (only 1 period in the past year). I've had some hot flashes and night sweats, but nothing debilitating. My biggest issue for years has been the inability to have restorative sleep, and I wake very early unable to get back to sleep. Some days it makes me unable to function due to the intense fatigue from sleep deprivation. I tried bioidentical cream for a while, but it did nothing to help me sleep. My OB/Gyn then suggested Prometrium, stating that many women with sleep issues do well on the oral progesterone. I've been taking 200mg. before bed for a little over two months and it has helped. I am sleeping about 50% better, which is huge for me. I do not take any other hormones and am not on any prescription meds.
I'm concerned with some side effects I've read about, however, but there's so much conflicting information out there that it's confusing and maddening. Heart disease and cancer run in my family, and I don't want to take something that would raise my risk of those diseases, or risk blood clots/stroke. I've also had some weight gain and I'm wondering if this is a typical side effect of taking Prometrium, or if it's just due to winter weight gain and being less active.
I would appreciate your advice!