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Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:29 PM

thanks.

That should be good, but the brussel sprouts are important for people with hormone issues.
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:20 AM

Brussel sprouts are awesome tossed with some oil and balsamic vinegar and baked in the oven--had forgotten about this. Thanks for the reminder Love Green Smoothies (great name!). I like buying them frozen so I do have to wash and peel them--great time saver!

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:42 PM

I make them the same way when I cook them. Thanks, I needed a new name. :)
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 09:59 PM

Hello,

Just stumbled upon this forum as I was doing a bit of research on the natural progesterone cream I have been taking for the past 8 months or so. I have been prescribed this cream and have it made at a compound pharmacy for me. It has been prescribed to me by a doctor to treat PCOS. I am 29 and have struggled with an absent periods for almost 10 years now. Along with missed periods, my hormone levels are all out of wack. I have been off and on the birth control pill through out the 10 years but decided that I no longer wanted to rely on them to assist with my periods; so two years ago was when I last took them. I went 10 months with no period after that and throughout that 10 months my acne was out of control. From my face, to my chest as well as my back, my acne became an obsession of mine. After several months spent online researching remedies I came across a youtube video where a naturopath was praising natural progesterone cream for women with PCOS. I found myself a private doctor who specialized in hormonal balancing and was prescribed this cream. During the first few months of taking this cream my acne cleared up as I was told it would. Sometime in April I started breaking out around my cheek and chin area. Since then my acne has gotten progressively worse. I know my body very well and I am certain that my acne has flared up again because I have an abundance of progesterone in my body. I too am frustrated.

I recently started taking Vitex, femMED (which is a hormonal balancing supplement) and saw palmetto but havent noticed any changes as it is still too early to tell.

I'm wondering if switching the area where I apply the cream would help? Also, I recently increased the amount of cream I apply because I haven't had my period in a few months but I am now thinking that I should perhaps decrease it back to the amount I was taking before.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:28 AM

I'm wondering if switching the area where I apply the cream would help? Also, I recently increased the amount of cream I apply because I haven't had my period in a few months but I am now thinking that I should perhaps decrease it back to the amount I was taking before.


Where are you applying it? Mercola says to apply it to the labia or internally.
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 06:45 PM


I'm wondering if switching the area where I apply the cream would help? Also, I recently increased the amount of cream I apply because I haven't had my period in a few months but I am now thinking that I should perhaps decrease it back to the amount I was taking before.


Where are you applying it? Mercola says to apply it to the labia or internally.


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:34 PM

Hello,

Just stumbled upon this forum as I was doing a bit of research on the natural progesterone cream I have been taking for the past 8 months or so. I have been prescribed this cream and have it made at a compound pharmacy for me. It has been prescribed to me by a doctor to treat PCOS. I am 29 and have struggled with an absent periods for almost 10 years now. Along with missed periods, my hormone levels are all out of wack. I have been off and on the birth control pill through out the 10 years but decided that I no longer wanted to rely on them to assist with my periods; so two years ago was when I last took them. I went 10 months with no period after that and throughout that 10 months my acne was out of control. From my face, to my chest as well as my back, my acne became an obsession of mine. After several months spent online researching remedies I came across a youtube video where a naturopath was praising natural progesterone cream for women with PCOS. I found myself a private doctor who specialized in hormonal balancing and was prescribed this cream. During the first few months of taking this cream my acne cleared up as I was told it would. Sometime in April I started breaking out around my cheek and chin area. Since then my acne has gotten progressively worse. I know my body very well and I am certain that my acne has flared up again because I have an abundance of progesterone in my body. I too am frustrated.

I recently started taking Vitex, femMED (which is a hormonal balancing supplement) and saw palmetto but havent noticed any changes as it is still too early to tell.

I'm wondering if switching the area where I apply the cream would help? Also, I recently increased the amount of cream I apply because I haven't had my period in a few months but I am now thinking that I should perhaps decrease it back to the amount I was taking before.


I haven't used progesterone cream in over 2 years. I use a progesterone and estrogen support tincture that my doc makes for me. The progesterone cream made me break out even worse, gave me heavy, painful periods, so she switched me over the tincture. I am tolerating that much better.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:58 PM

What are CSA veggies? Do you use brussel sprouts or broccoli in them? The cruciferous veggies really help with estrogen dominance.

Have you tried vitex? That's what my naturopath had me use to raise progesterone and it didn't give me acne. In fact it helped it. I know you're on something natural but don't think it was vitex.


The phytoprogest in my tincture does have vitex, it's the second ingredient: Dioscorea villosa (wild yam), Vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree berry), Smilax regelii (sarsaparilla), Taraxacum officinale (dandelion), and Trigonella foenum-graecum (fenugreek) in a base of organic alcohol and spring water.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:33 AM

Honestly I think you shouldn't mess with your female hormones, androgens are typically the cause of acne. Check your tesosterone/ free tesosterone as we as cortisol. When do you generally break out? Mid cycle right after or during ovulation or right before your period? See right before your period starts all your female hormones drop ( even progesterone) leaving tesosterone at a constant level. Without estrogen to supress tesosterone it can cause oil skin and over excessive sebum production. Also if your depression also causes chronic anxiety you could have a serious problem with cortisol! Which is not good for the skin as well. Pay attention to your body. My cortisol and progesterone as well as fsh all came back fine, I think my lh too. I am not sure if my estrogen was checked but if it was that's fine too. My doctor didn't bother to check my tesosterone/ free on my lab worksheet and now in convinced tesosterone is my culprit. I mean everyone knows it causes acne but girls think because they are girls it's not an issue. Yet... Wouldn't females be more sensative to tesosterone than men seeing as we aren't suppose to have very much at all. Just listen to your body. Do you have oily skin? Sweat excessively? What about your fat distribution? When during your cycle do you tend to break out. If its caused my a sex hormone you can probably guess easily which one is the culprit. If not look into cortisol see how that's doing because that's an important hormone as well.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:00 PM

I am sort of insulted by your comment "Pay attention to your body." That's assuming that I don't pay attention to my body, that I don't track my cycles, my acne, my depression religiously, go over it with my doctor, and adjust my supplements.

Also, I'm not "messing" with my hormones, I am trying to balance them. I'm not on a hormone cream. I am on a hormone support, which helps my body make it's own hormones. I know I am low in them, because when I don't take the hormone support, I get severely depressed.

I've had my testosterone checked and it was LOW. I also had cortisol checked, which was also low and is being treated (I think I mentioned earlier in this thread). I know about the costisol/progesterone steal, etc (levels of both have gotten a lot better in the last 6 months). I don't have oily skin, I don't sweat excessively, my BMI is 18 and I am very thin. My breakouts are days 4-5, 12-15 and 21-27. Not sure what that says about my acne, but there it is.

So it seems like what is true for some isn't true for me.

My skin has gotten a lot better with zinc oxide cream.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:40 PM

Im wondering why my bio identical hormone cream has not helped me? Im thinking maybe I should supplement with DIM to get rid of bad estrogen. Im on a estrogen/progesterone cream now for 3 months. 4 months and each month is has slowly increased in dosage so why no improvement with my skin? I get plagued with congested clogged pores in my chin area. They are wedged in every little hair follicle and I cant stand it. I also break out on my jawline still and my seborrhea is a disaster as well. Any advise for me?

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:09 PM

Im wondering why my bio identical hormone cream has not helped me? Im thinking maybe I should supplement with DIM to get rid of bad estrogen. Im on a estrogen/progesterone cream now for 3 months. 4 months and each month is has slowly increased in dosage so why no improvement with my skin? I get plagued with congested clogged pores in my chin area. They are wedged in every little hair follicle and I cant stand it. I also break out on my jawline still and my seborrhea is a disaster as well. Any advise for me?


Isn't taking progesterone and estrogen at the same time counterproductive? Progesterone downregulates estrogen and DHT. So you're downregulating the estrogen with progesterone than adding it back in with extra estrogen?

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