I have been trying the bioidentical hormone route for three years. Trying the cream from a local pharmacy, levels never increased at all, I was told I did not absorb them. Then the troches, levels skyrocketed. Too much Estrodial, cut that way back. I was on the sublinguial drops of Progesterone and Estrodial. I have been taking up to 200 mg of progesterone daily and very little Estrodial. Hot flashes and Night sweats have still continued. I stopped the Estrodial and still have the hot flashes and night sweats.
The biggest problem, is the weight gain, even when I am on the Progesterone alone. Up at least 10 pounds, when still exercising and eating good. (not perfectly) but not enough to gain this weight. I am confused as to why I am still gaining weight with being on the progesterone 200 mg only and still have the hot flashes and night sweats.
I would love to try the cream, but I have spent so much money on prescription creams that have not changed my levels at all.