Progesterone Cream for Menopause – Two Ways It Can Benefit You

by Laura Ramirez on July 20, 2011

The use of progesterone cream for menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness has become a topic of medical debates in recent years. One of the biggest concerns of medical professionals and patients alike revolves around the risk of breast cancer when long-term (five years and beyond)  use of progesterone combined with oral estrogen is prescribed. However, case studies among women who have been using topical treatments have shown that health risks are significantly reduced, and that hormone creams have a bigger appeal among menopausal women over oral remedies.

There are important things to remember before using them first, though. First, they are typically not FDA approved so care must be taken to do thorough research on the best hormone cream for you. Discuss it with your doctor so that you know the relative contraindications that need to be avoided based on your medical history.

Another issue of vital importance relies on whether or not you are a breast cancer survivor. Using a progesterone cream for menopause is not advisable if you are, because many breast cancer survivors have their own natural progesterone receptors and could up the risk for a recurrence with large dosages. With this in mind, go over a list of creams with your doctor to weigh their pros and cons before buying one. Studies show that most menopausal women respond well to hormone creams with 450 to 500 milligrams of progesterone per ounce.

Once you have determined that it is okay to use it, here are the benefits that you are likely to experience:

  • Improve hot flashes. Around 20 milligrams of progesterone cream for menopause applied daily is enough to significantly reduce hot flashes. Hot flashes are caused by the initial fluctuation and inevitable steady decline of estradiol levels at the onset of full menopause. The great news is that applying a progesterone cream to specifically address hot flashes does not necessarily mean relying on it forever. Recommended dosage is from six months to one year, until the body learns to slow the tapering of hormone levels.
  • Alleviate vaginal dryness. This particular menopause symptom is also caused by declining hormone levels. Alleviating vaginal dryness using a hormone cream can work as simply as adding vaginal lubrication for less painful sexual intercourse, or as something to help strengthen and repair thinning vaginal tissues. Using progesterone cream for menopause is convenient because it is easy to apply and requires less maintenance as compared to its oral and skin patch counterparts.

When using progesterone cream for menopause, it is best to remember that anything topically applied is about ten times more potent than its oral dosage so make sure to follow the instructions on the label. Pay attention to how your symptoms improve as you use the cream the first few weeks. If you like how you feel, then stay at that dosage. Do not use the “more is better” approach.

Have you used progesterone cream? Please share your tips, thoughts and experiences with it below.

 


 

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