Is bioidentical progesterone cream safe?

Is bioidentical progesterone cream safe?

No, they aren’t. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and several medical specialty groups, the hormones marketed as “bioidentical” and “natural” aren’t safer than hormones used in traditional hormone therapy. There’s also no evidence that they’re any more effective.

Can you buy bioidentical progesterone over-the-counter?

USP progesterone is available in over-the-counter 2% creams as well as by prescription. Choices for prescription-based bioidentical progesterone include Crinone Vaginal Gel in 4% or 8% concentration or in an oral micronized form such as Prometrium capsules.

How quickly does progesterone cream work?

When to Expect Results: Some will notice results the very first cycle, others after 2-3 months of use. It depends on the individual and the symptoms being treated. Some will not have improvement in symptoms, and it may be recommended to try a more potent form of progesterone (oral or vaginal delivery).

Can I use progesterone cream everyday?

Using the cream continuously every day (instead of cyclic use) can sometimes cause irregular bleeding, so this method is usually reserved for those who don’t have that concern (Ex. post-menopause, post- hysterectomy/endometrial ablation).

Can progesterone make you gain weight?

Progesterone itself likely does not cause weight gain. While progesterone doesn’t directly cause weight gain, it does increase your hunger levels which may make you feel like you’re eating more and therefore gaining weight. But progesterone is just a small player in hormone balance and weight management.

How long does it take for bioidentical progesterone to work?

When will I start to feel better? You will see improvement within the first 2 to 3 weeks of therapy, but it will take up to 8 weeks to feel the full effect. We want to achieve balance with the lowest dose of each hormone – the recommendation of the FDA and American College of OBGYN.

How can I get natural progesterone?

Other ways to naturally increase natural progesterone

  1. Maintain a healthy body weight. Excess weight causes a woman’s body to produce more estrogen.
  2. Reduce stress. Stress triggers the production of stress hormones and can cause the kidneys to convert hormones like progesterone to cortisol.
  3. Refrain from overexercising.