Synthetic progesterone cream side efforts are common among women seeking this natural infertility treatment. Only you can decide if the benefits of treatment out-weigh the effects.
Progesterone creams are often used by women having difficulty conceiving a baby, but they can also be used by some women during menopause. The goal is to supplement this natural hormone within the body to increase chances of fertility or help regulate mood swings, hot flashes and other common side effects of menopause. Any woman considering these creams as a solution for either problem should be aware of potential side effects, especially if taking an over-the-counter product without direct doctor supervision.
Common Side Effects of Progesterone
The fact is there are quite a few unpleasant side effects that can come along without routine use of progesterone creams. Some women find the side effects worth the struggle if they are able to conceive a baby as a result, but others may find the potential side effects are not worth the struggle that they may cause. Those interested in taking these creams have to be willing and ready to handle any of the following common side effects:
- Thinning hair on the head
- Growth of hair on the face
- Increase of fat on the hips and stomach
- Muscle pain
- Intensified cramping during menstrual cycle
- Breast tenderness
- Stomach cramping
- Increased bloating
- Vaginal itching or dryness
- Increased discharge
- Adrenal hormone dysfunction (long term)
It is not guaranteed that anyone taking a progesterone cream will suffer from any of these side effects. Some women may experience one or two in a very minor manner while others experience one or two to an extreme measure. Still others may experience many of these side effects at once, making it extremely uncomfortable to continue taking the creams.
Controlling Progesterone Cream Side Effects
The good news is many women can control the side effects of a progesterone cream to some extent. It may not be possible to completely eliminate all of the side effects, but women who take the following measures can lower the experience of side effects to the maximum possible degree:
1. Check with a doctor to make sure progesterone supplementation is necessary. If the body is not low on this hormone, then adding more to the body could cause a surplus that is not healthy. Over-the-counter creams should only be used if it has been recommended by a doctor or under doctor supervision.
2. A regular sleep schedule should be followed to ensure the body receives adequate amounts of rest every single night. The lack of sleep can cause enhanced side effects.
3. A healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables should be consumed regularly. Some of the side effects, such as weight gain in the hips and stomach, can be controlled by not consuming foods high in sugar, refined starch, or saturated fat.
4. Avoid toxins in the natural environment which could intensify the side effects of progesterone creams. This is not something most women have to worry about, but it is something to be considered.
The first measure is the most important of all. It is important that the extra progesterone actually be needed by the system. Women should avoid assuming they need progesterone and self-medicating. If this is done and the side effects are intense, it is possible that the body does not actually need the increase in progesterone or would do better with a natural source.