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My experience with progesterone and question please

Hi, I started to use progesterone cream (natpro) because I have a lot of facial hair... since using it there has been a noticeable improvement... is this one of the benifits of using the cream..? But I also got sores at the side of my mouth which cracked and has taken days to clear up and has left the side of my mouth still red but not sore...
I eat very healthy with lots of fruit and nuts as I don't eat meat or chicken just fish once a week... I take a multi vit, flax seed oil, calcium tabs, cranberry for cystites - which has helped a lot and folic acid tabs...
I had breast cancer in '99 will the cream help against it's return...? I've been tested and I do have the gene...!!
I'm 68 years old and I'm thrilled at the fact that the facial hair has just about gone but I'm concerned about the side effects I've been reading about on the net

I would appreciate your comments...

Kind regard Maureem

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by: Candice

Thanks for your question and comments. I love hearing about other women's experiences!

Using progesterone cream may help balance out the levels of testosterone related to other hormones in your body. This may be helping because testosterone is thought to be the source of the unwanted facial hair in women.

I don't know about the reason for the mouth sores. If you think it is caused by the cream, either lower the amount you are using or quit using it for awhile and see what happens. If it turns out not to be the cream, you could start using a mouthwash with tea tree oil to see if that will help. Tea tree oil is antibacterial and can be very helpful with infections. Another possibility is that your liver needs some support. See the page on digestion for more information on this. If your sores don't get better I would suggest seeing a doctor.

Be sure to buy only the highest quality supplements, preferably natural or food-based. (See menopause vitamins for my personal recommendation).

We can only hope that the progesterone cream will be protective against cancer. Unfortunately the scientific research required to predict these things has not been conducted.

Regarding your statement about “side effects I've been reading about on the net.” I am aware of the concerns about using any type of hormone that some doctors and others have, but even those people have not come up with any specific risks or side effects that I am aware of. I did just find some patient responses to progesterone cream side effects. Some of these people were taking oral progesterone, which is going to act differently in your system. First of all, it has to go through your digestive system. Also, if people are taking estrogen, bioidentical or otherwise, that will complicate whatever side effects they might be having.

Also keep in mind that every woman is different and will have different responses. Some people are much more sensitive to any type of medication than others. This is where it really pays to know your body and trust your own wisdom. It is also true that we go through different cycles based on everything from what we ate one day to where the moon is to what type of products we have in our homes. So something may work extremely well for you for a time and then stop. This is not unusual. I'm not saying that is what's happening with you, just something for you to consider when making a decision.

I am not a medical professional; I can only tell you what I would do. Weigh the benefits of the cream against the possible risks (right now all we don't know what the risks may be, if any). I am currently taking bioidentical estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, because I am basically non-functional without them. I plan to taper off as soon as my life gets a bit more stable.

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