More than eight years ago, I started to use a topical progesterone cream to prevent post-menopausal night sweats. It worked so well that I continued with it not, unfortunately, associating it with the appalling 24/7 (and life-changing) bowel and upper digestive issues which began about six months later, i.e. diarrhoea/constipation/bloating/gas/pain/nausea/heartburn to name but a few.
I then spent eight years trying every diet, medication, alternative therapy etc going and got precisely nowhere with any of them. I saw a gastroenterologist, two colorectal consultants and a general surgeon and had every test and scan et al available all to no avail. Then, in January, whilst trawling the web - just in case something new might have come up, I spotted an item about how progesterone use can affect bowel motility and something clicked! I went on to gather as much info about this as I could and it began to seem very possible that the progesterone cream I'd been using could well be the cause of all my ailments.
The only way to test this theory was, of course, to stop using it (night sweats or not) which I did instantly. I'd read that, as the progesterone cream builds up in the body tissues over time, its effects could continue for anything from 3 - 6 months and so was prepared for a lengthy wait.
The benefits of doing without it started to become apparent in the third week and, with only a few odd problem days here and there, now at four months non-usage, I am just about symptom-free and quite ecstatic!
Can't quite believe it was all my own fault in the first place - how stupid was that!
Anyway, if any of you ladies out there are 'doing' extra progesterone in some way, it might be worth dropping it for a few months just to see what happens. I'd be really interested to hear from anybody who gets a result.