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Can Natural Progesterone cause Yeast Overgrowth? Can Progesterone cream help severe hand pain (started when periods stopped)?

By June 21, 2010 - 11:09am
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I've been period free for a year. Insomnia issues: taking supplements (not drugs, recently stopped all drugs except for my thyroid). Hypo-Thyroid: taking Levothyroxine 112. Also, on and off Progesterone cream (4 pumps per night). Struggling with severe joint pain in hands and wrists, started to the month when my periods stopped (been a year now)...a little spotting 6 month's back. I have stopped taking Progesterone on and off due to concern for issue with stubborn yeast infections. I've been on Dyflucan 8 times this year. I am now on a special Phase 1 Diet for 3 months. Still struggling with yeast and vaginal swelling and low sex drive, stinging tongue and a slight discharge, insomnia, fatigue, muscle contractions, night sweats. Frustrated! Not much help from Dr.'s (Gyn, Primary Dr., and a specialist for joint pain). Specialist thinks it could be estrogen caused, so no longer using bio-identical estrogen. I have the testosterone but too scared to try it. My sugar levels are fine. DHEA levels are fine. Other hormones are low (normal for Menopause they say). I have varicose veins so using cream, lower risk of blood clot, I've been told. Weight is 145 at I'm 5'7". I'm 52. Biggest frustrations: Joint pain, Yeast overgrowth, low sex drive (my poor husband), bladder infections, insomnia, inability to lose weight and recently depression because I'm so discouraged. Don't want any more drugs!! Help!!

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Hi Everyone, Wow...what a journey I've had. I've re-read my posts and have to celebrate that I have learned so much and feel so much better. Starting with the loss of 30 lbs. yay!! I'm still convinced that the progesterone cream was the cause of my wrist pain. What I have found is that my thyroid has been a big issue when it comes to hormones, pain, inflammation, etc. May I suggest that you read Suzy Cohen's Thyroid Healthy and check out Isabelle Wentz's book on Hashimotos. These books have changed my life and have caused me to be more of an advocate regarding my thyroid. I doubt I will ever feel like I did pre-menopause, I'm healthier and addressing my thyroid but this has made a huge difference. Most doctors only check TSH. Educate yourself, you may need a tweek. Also, gluten and dairy are inflammatory (even a little bit can cause pain). Still have not been able to tolerate even a little bio-identical hormones...so a little frustrating. Food is medicine and thyroid health affects hormones. Don't go solely by TSH, need to get T3 and T4 levels tested. Stress is also a VERY BIG FACTOR (adrenal fatigue causes me pain as well). I just recently found out that your adrenals take over making hormones after the ovaries slow down. So, if you are stressed, you are going to be at a disadvantage. Tryptophan, Gaba, L-theanine and Magnesium supplements have also helped me sleep and heal. Lastly, sugar. I know :(, very difficult to get out of your diet. It's so addictive. But it is also very inflammatory. If you have pain, eliminating some high sugar foods (including processed carbs) can bring relief. See JJ Virgin's books. So..thyroid/good food/sleep/supplements and lastly exercise! Good luck, made these changes (over time) and I'm not looking back. I feel so much better. Not perfect, but better. Hugs (Joann)

March 30, 2015 - 10:19am
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I am 47 & feel I'm pre menopausal & feel I've been for awhile. Its been two years since I been to my gyn, because of relocating i need to find a new gyn Dr. a few years back I started with mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia, crying spells, etc. Someone got me to try I-cool & it really seemed to help with most of those symptoms. Those symptoms were not totally gone but much better. about 15 years ago I was diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder so Ive been taking a ton of supplements for quit some time. About 5 years ago my rheumatologist ran some blood work & found out I was vitamin D defficient, she put me on a mega dose of D, got back @ normal D levels. However my D seems to want to drop to the lower levels so I take 2000 mg per day & that's seems to keep it regulated. I take calcium, magnesium 500 mg per day(helps with leg/muscle cramps), stress B, 1000 mg C, selenium, zinc..just started taking coconut oil & amino acids. I want to & will add pro-biotics since reading everyone's suggestions. I also have IBS, & a bladder condition called interstitial cystitis. I am on medicine that helps this however I still had a ton of gas & bloating so I have been trying the gluten free diet for at least 6 months now. I am not totally gluten free , but the change has seemed to help that for the most part. Just in this past year & a half I've been getting a ton of yeast infections & breast tenderness is aweful. i started to do some research wondering if the yeast infections could have anything to do with menopause & found out that it does. I will be making an apt with a gyn to run some tests to see if my thyroid & other hormones are off. I am glad to have seen all this before I go because I really want to try natural as well. Thank you for all the advice...

March 29, 2015 - 10:02pm
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Sorry, I am not replying to that, I'm adding to my comment. wanted to add the I've been working out 3-6 times a week for at least an hour & half(strwnth training for 45 min, 15-20 min of cardio, stretching. I feel like I should be skinny but I am not. Its been a long road but over the course of 2 years I've lost 20 lbs & have not been able to loose another lb. I know my diet could use some improvements but it's not terrible. I'm prob eating 1400-1500 cal a day which is sligirly over what my fitness pal (an app) suggests.

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July 28, 2014 - 3:38am
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Candidiasis encompasses infections that range from superficial, such as oral thrush and vaginitis, to systemic and potentially life-threatening diseases. Candida infections of the latter category are also referred to as candidemia or invasive candidiasis, and are usually confined to severely immunocompromised persons, such as cancer, transplant, and AIDS patients, as well as nontrauma emergency surgery patients.

May 24, 2014 - 9:01am
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Hello, I am new here, but saw something that really caught my attention. I didn't read thru everyone's comments, but wanted to bring up the issue of progesterone cream. Long story very short: I've dealt w/endometriosis & associated symptoms, and began progesterone cream about 8 or 9 years ago-after first taking Prometrium for a short time. Progesterone cream has been touted as the "fix all" for women's issues all over the internet. in 2010, I experienced a rather major episode of thrombosis. I was told to up my dosage of the cream, and I wound up with another episode that I am still recovering from. Right before this last "episode," I developed severe-and I mean severe-pain in my left wrist/thumb joint area. That began about 3 months ago. I found a couple of comments here about "wrist pain." Can anyone expand upon this, please? I am not trying to bash progesterone per se, but also ran across this, & decided to quit using the cream: http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/10/30/warning-about-natural-progesterone
Any thoughts/comments??

January 15, 2014 - 12:07pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi there Anonymous.
I'm not sure when you wrote this comment. I haven't checked the site for a lot time, but I just wanted you to know that I am totally convinced that the natural progesterone cream caused my and pain. After a year of use, and no help from my GYN, or my Gp. I schedule a visit with the Rheumatologist, no one could explain the severe pain in both of my wrists. I couldn't even lift anything and it wasn't carpal tunnel the Doc said. He did suggest going off of the progesterone (to try to see if it "might help", which I did the very next day. The pain disappeared two days later and it has never returned. It's been 3 years. I did have thumb pain for two weeks one other time, during a change in thyroid medication, which caused me to cycle a bit (just guessing because of other symptoms I had). It disappeared and also didn't come back. Strange. But am totally convinced the original wrist pain was caused by the natural progesterone. It helped me sleep (had bad insomnia) but the pain made this treatment unworkable for me. Hope my experience helps. I would suggest stopping for a while (if you haven't already) and see what happens. I have no doubt you might find the same truth as I did. Just because it's natural doesn't mean your body is happy with it. :) Good luck. joann

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June 7, 2013 - 3:18am
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I once struggled with yeast problems as well, but switched to a yeast free/gluten free diet and it cured it. Hope this helps. I remember how frustrated I was. I also take progesterone and have no issues with the yeast as long as I follow the diet. Good luck.

June 21, 2012 - 1:05pm
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Hi Everyone, Joann Here. It's been a year since I've posted and wanted to give all an update in case my experience can help anyone out there.

Still period free, so I guess I'm officially in menopause (according to my GYN). Have lowered my thyroid medication a bit and my sleep is much better. Still taking calcium/magnesium for sleep. Along with other good supplements daily (fish oil, Vitamin D and C). But overall sleeping much better, once in a while I'll have a set back. Bladder is very prone to infection these days and D-Mannose is wonderful (simple sugar that does not encourage yeast, and washes out bacteria). I am presently on a small amount of vaginal natural estrogen a few times a week to help my vaginal area stay healthy. Infection prone (not yeast, put a bacteria overgrowth due to no hormones). This has helped a lot. Other than this, I am not on any hormone replacement. Wrist pain and chest rash (from NATURAL PROGESTERONE AND NATURAL ESTORGEN), has not returned AT ALL since I stopped using. Yeast is better under control as well, since I am not using progesterone. Bad news for me. Natural Oregano, coconut oil, and other anti-fungals have helped a lot. I take gel coated pro-biotics every day, morning and night. This also has helped tons.

Night sweats still around, but not quite as bad these days so perhaps I am leveling off. Still have hot flashes during the day, and now, adult acne has shown up for a week every month. Any suggestions?????

Thank you Carey, for your help and support, I love this website!
Best wishes to my struggling Empower Friends. We need to stick together and share our "finds" so that we have a quality of life during this season of changes. Thank you everyone for your input, I have appreciated it all!!!


December 8, 2011 - 4:40pm
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