Weight gain/bloating since starting bio identical progesterone cream

(Belgium )

Hi, I'm a 47 year old mother of three kids and I have just started taking progesterone cream for the luteal face to overcome my PMS (that I have battled against for the past 25 years) including strong feelings of sadness and low self esteem, brain fog, lack of concentration and mood swings. I have taken the recommended dose for two cycles (day 14/16 to 24 since my natural cycle always has been 24 days). I just ended the cream two days ago awaiting menstruation.

I need advice on two fronts. The first question is if I should keep using the cream until day 28 despite my naturally short cycle?

The second question is more complicated...when I first started the cream, just over a month ago, I reacted very strongly, hot flushes, irritability and angry outbursts. I amended the dose down and then up again and at the end felt ok. On day 14 of this cycle I woke up emotionally unstable and remembered to start taking the progeaterone cream and immediately felt great again. I have felt good and stable with a functioning brain all throughout this luteal face but have put on 2 whole kilos! And i am extremely(!) bloated, both tummy and breats (also very tender) and I'm terrified. I really don't need to gain weight - the contrary! And suddenly wondering if this will have to be the downside of getting rid of other PMS symptoms?

Please can someone advise?
PMS victim

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Nov 09, 2017
Weight gain/bloating since starting bio identical progesterone cream
by: Joy

Progesterone can cause weight gain and other adverse symptoms in some when first using it especially if not enough is being used. You do not state how much you are using? Using too little can cause an upset with estrogen receptors, between 100-200mg per day is needed, more if symptoms are severe. Progesterone therapy is not an overnight fix, it takes time and patience. It should be used every day for 2-6 months, longer if symptoms are severe. Once all adverse symptoms have cleared and you feel stable, it can be used by following a regular monthly cycle. If using by following a regular cycle it should only be used from ovulation (Luteal Phase) for the last 14 days of the cycle.

You are also in Peri-Menopause which starts at 35 when progesterone levels start to drop causing havoc on our hormones. A missed period for 12 months puts one in Menopause. If you have a regular cycle then you can use Natpro Progesterone Cream by following your cycle, if not, it really should be used every day from now on with no breaks at all as it will soon become difficult to use by following it.

Do you know what your Vitamin D3 level is? A deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone and is connected to every single functioning cell in our bodies making it vital. Important co-factors are needed when taking vitamin D3 especially Magnesium and Vitamin K2 with NO soy. These will also help with your PMS.

Please read these pages and the references as they will help you to understand how to use Natpro Progesterone Cream correctly.

How to use Progesterone Cream -

Estrogen Dominance -

Peri-Menopause -

Menopause -

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Magnesium -

Nov 09, 2017
Progesterone cream
by: Anonymous

All of the questions you asked can be answered by searching this site thoroughly. Until you read and understand for yourself you will probably continue to suffer. Unfortunately doctors are usually useless when it comes to female hormones. If you are using only 20 mg of cream, and are stopping for a cycle, expect this to take a long long time. I have been using 200 mg nonstop now for 2 months and am still struggling with a few symptoms. It takes time for progesterone to become the dominant hormone, and stopping for a cycle and only using around 20 mg is only going to Stimulate your estrogen (hence the bloating and weight gain — estrogen causes cells to proliferate) Just be warned that most docotors will not give you this much, and will probably want to just put you on birth control. Which is ridiculous. You are going to have to become as smart, or smarter than your doctor when it comes to your hormones.

It has taken me four years and about 13 doctors to realize this.
Only when I took it upon myself did I start to heal. My doctors have been completely useless. You can do it if you really read through this website. All of the information and links to studies are here.

Good luck.

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