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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
My progestrone levels are at 11; should I be taking progresterone cream to relieve bloating, moodiness, sadness and weight gain? I ordered it from a web site which says this symptoms would improve with the cream and vitamins. And also what are normal levels. I am not in menopause (40 years old)
Progesterone is more likely to be the cause of those symptoms rather than the cure. Bothersome recurrent premenstrual symptoms are best treated with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor like Sarafem taken just during that week. If you are concerned about your symptoms, you should discuss this with your physician.
Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati