Using cream for 4.5 years, but still confused...

by Nancy

Wray, I had been using a prescription progesterone cream for about 4 and a half years. Because of finances, I'm looking at some creams I can get without a prescription and came across your web site.

I've been told never to use creams made with soy since soy messes with hormones. I've only used mexican yam based creams before. Is Natpro made from soy or yam?

I started using the cream because for most of my adult life I haven't had periods. I did until I turned 18, but then it was very sporadic if at all. I am now 45. The cream has helped me have periods although I've haven't been able to have consistent periods. My cycle when I was in high school was 35 days. Now with the cream it can be anywhere between 33-60 days. Which makes it confusing as to when to use the cream. I've tried being consistent with the cream, 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off. But was told as soon as I start a period to stop and wait to start again for 2 weeks. So, I was starting and stopping the cream without any consistency. Then I've tried waiting to start the cream 2 weeks after my period starts, use it for 2 weeks and just stop until 2 weeks after I have another period, which could be a while. Then it seems I'm not using the cream when I have most PMS symptoms. Any advice on when to use the cream with inconsistent periods and how long? Should I go by the cycle I had in high school?

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May 03, 2011
I have a great bio identical Dr. right here in Denver
by: Michelle Meredith

Hi Nancy,
I am 44 years old and I have been fighting with my Doctors since I was 37. Six months ago I found a Specialist in Denver that has changed my life. I have been peri menopausal since I was 36 and the symptons had gotten so bad that I thought I was going crazy,because every Doctor that I went to told me the same thing.... YOU ARE FINE ! I knew that there had to be something going on, because although they all told me I was ok, I didn't feel ok. I found Dr. Joseph Agnello who has figured out what the problem has been all along. He was very comprehensive with my testing and has since put me on bio identical hormone replacement. Now six months with him I feel great! I felt a difference in as little as 1 week when I began the therapy. He has tested my hormones twice now because he is working towards getting my hormones completely balanced. The labs he uses are Blood and Saliva as well. He is very easy to talk to and really understands what is going on. By the way, my progesterone cream comes from a compounding pharmacy made just for my needs and it only costs $39.99 a month. His office is off of Colorado Blvd. and Mexico st. Give him a try I think that you will be pleased. 1-877-445-9052 Good Luck! Tell him that I referred you. :))

May 09, 2011
Using cream for 4.5 years, but still confused...
by: Wray

Hi Nancy It sounds as if you could have PCOS, has any doctor thought to check this? As the page describes, a lack of periods plus erratic ones when they do occur, are but two symptoms. You are now in Peri-menopause, when cycles become erratic anyway. So if you're not worried about having a regular cycle, and not intending to fall pregnant, I would suggest you use the cream daily. Trying to follow an erratic cycle is impossible, plus it means you are not getting enough progesterone. As you say, often when you need it most for your PMS symptoms, you are not using it. I've found when in P-M it's impossible to regulate the cycle again, even with the help of progesterone. Unless you are only in the very early stages, when it could possibly help. I'm not sure how much progesterone you were using, but I do recommend 100-200mg/day, dependant on symptoms. But before increasing the amount, please see our page on Oestrogen Dominance first as this can occur. I would ask you to have a vitamin D test done too, most of us have too low a level, and it's vital for the normal functioning of the ovaries. For more info see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. We used to use soy as the plant substrate, but with the confusion arising around soy, we changed to yam. It actually matters not which plant is used, as the end result in all cases is progesterone. Cholesterol is the starting point for the steroid hormones made naturally in animals, including humans. But it's expensive to use for the manufacture of progesterone, so plant sterols are used instead. Plants such as the soy bean, Dioscorea species of yams, fenugreek, sisal, calabar bean, some lilies, yucca, some solanum species, maize and many more contain phytosterols. Some of which are stigmasterol, diosgenin, beta-sitosterol, campesterol, hecogenin, sarsasapogenin, solasodine. As these plant sterols have a similar molecular structure to cholesterol, they are used as starting points for the synthesis of progesterone. We actually eat far more phytoestrogens than we realise. Take care Wray

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