Treatments for menopause symptoms have come and gone. Once, hormone therapy was the second most prescribed drug in the U.S. Then in 2002, a major study found problems and doctors backed off prescribing it. Now you hear a lot about both hormonal and nonhormonal treatments for menopause, including bioidentical hormones. What's right for you?
Hormone therapy involves taking estrogen plus, in most cases progestin. Progestin helps lower the risk of getting endometrial cancer from taking estrogen. Women...
Progesterone creams. Some women use "natural"
progesterone creams to correct low progesterone levels. Research is mixed about
whether the cream is absorbed into the body.
Concerns about progesterone cream use
You can't actually know how much progesterone you are getting
without having a whole-blood progesterone test. Because of this and the
following concerns, some experts are concerned about use of over-the-counter
If it is absorbing well.
Progesterone treatment has risks. It has been linked to headaches and dangerous
blood clots in a small number of women. This is why
progesterone is usually a prescription hormone and is not safe for women with
certain health risks.2
If it is not absorbing well. If you are taking estrogen (and have an intact uterus), you also
need to have enough progesterone to prevent the estrogen from causing
uterine (endometrial) cancer. Using a poorly absorbed
progesterone cream while taking estrogen does not protect you from uterine
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 26, 2012
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