Abnormal Periods and using Primolut N

by Neelum
(Pakistan)

I'm 24 years old and live in Pakistan. I had abnormal heavy periods for about 6 months in a row and the effect of all that was that I ended up having anemia. My heamo level dropped as low as 6.9.

The doctors suggested I should be given a blood transfusion which I declined and now I'm on iron inducing tablets that have worked out great for me. My gynecologist didn't put me on the progestin primolut N at first maybe since her main concern was to balance out the heamo level. Two months ago she prescribed me the hormone therapy after finding out that my anemia has more or less disappeared.

Well primolut N has truly done a great job for me. My periods have become completely normal and the bleeding has regulated. My gyne wants me to continue the therapy for another two months but I am considering discontinuation because during the time I take primolut I have terrible pain in my legs, persisting body pain, hyperpigmentation, and also once blurring of the vision. It says in the leaflet of the medicine box that in case of such side effects immediate discontinuation of the medicine should be observed. I will contact my doc about this and hopefully withdraw the treatment because I'm also finding it hard to deal with the mood swings and depression. Though I am also quite worried if I do leave the therapy my periods might become heavy again and that is something very difficult for me to cope with.

I wish I knew of some natural way of dealing with this or natural progesterone which I had no info about before I had read the info on your website. My wedding is due soon and I don't like my skin to have pigmentation or acne (where these problems with my skin didn't exist before). I hope anyone reading this will find this helpful, take care and research before you begin to start any form of medication or therapy.

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Mar 15, 2010
Abnormal Periods and using Primolut N
by: Wray

Hi Neelum. Progesterone would have helped with your heavy periods, in fact it still can. Primolut N is norethisterone, a synthetic progestin. It's no wonder you are having those symptoms, please see this. Although your periods are normal and the bleeding has been helped, it is not by any natural means. Once you stop taking the drug, your symptoms will probably return. Heavy bleeding of this nature indicates a high oestrogen level, low progesterone. To correct the bleeding, I've found at least 200mg/day of supplemental progesterone is needed, sometimes more.
Please see this web page.

Progesterone does help melasma, or pigmentation,
please see this. It's caused by contraceptives, also high endogenous oestrogen levels. Oestrogen stimulates the melanocytes in the skin to make excess melanin. Although your acne has been caused by the progestin,
please see this web page on it. If you should ever need contraception, the copper T IUD is the safest, avoid the IUD's impregnated with a progestin. Take care, Wray

Sep 29, 2010
still not getting the period
by: Amudha

I was getting correct period every month on 16th, last month I had period 3 days before as I thought because of journey it was postponed. But this month I was awaiting from 13th but still now 29th I didn't get the period after checking with pregnancy test. Actually it was negative. I had a fever & had several anti biotic tablets in this month. Is it the reason to postpone?

Now how to go about this. I am 31 years and have a child: 13 years.

Oct 07, 2010
still not getting the period
by: Wray

Hi Amudha Any infection can upset our cycle, making it come early or late, this undoubtedly happened to you. But I'm a bit confused about what you are asking me. How to go about what? Maybe you could come back to me. Take care Wray

Nov 08, 2010
pl answer!!!
by: Anonymous

I'm 19 yrs old. I'd been getting my periods regularly till July this year, after which the following month (that's August), I didn't get it. During this time (that's between July & August, I suffered from severe fever with viral arthritis. When I consulted a doc, I was given primolut-n after which I got periods regularly in September and October. Now it's my date today but I haven't yet got my periods. I've been askd to wait for another 3-4 days. Kindly advise me as to what to do. Please tell me if there's any serious problem in my case.

Nov 10, 2010
pl answer!!!
by: Wray

Hi there A fever of any kind can upset our periods, there was no need for the doctor to give you a contraceptive. For more info on these please see our page on Contraceptives. He should have let nature take it's course. I can't tell you if there is anything serious going on, only your doctor can. But if you've recovered from the illness, I can't see why there should be. If you want something natural to help your cycle, please consider using progesterone. For more info please see our page on How to use progesterone cream. Take care Wray

Nov 15, 2010
THANKS
by: Anonymous

Thanks so much!!! ur suggestions have helped me gr8ly!!!

Nov 15, 2010
THANKS
by: Wray

Hi there I'm so pleased! Take care Wray

Nov 18, 2010
Absent periods
by: Caoimhe

Hi there, I was on the pill for nearly 4 years and came off in May as I am keen to get pregnant. I have not had a natural period since May and am not pregnant. After being told to wait for 6 months as the absent period could be a result of coming off the pill, my GP put me on Primolut N. I have been taking the tablets 3 times a day for over a week. My hormone profile was normal except that my progesterone levels were quite low.
I am wondering when should I expect to have a period (I am hoping this will happen soon). Should it arrive while I am taking the Primolut or when I stop taking them? The course runs out on Tuesday.

Nov 20, 2010
Absent periods
by: Wray

Hi Caoimhe The pill can upset the cycle hugely, please see this page we have on Contraceptives. It doesn't surprise me your progesterone is low, the pill stops ovulation. It's only after this occurs that the ovaries make progesterone. It's very strange to give you a contraceptive, after you've just come off them and you're trying to fall pregnant! Your period should come after you stop taking them. Primolut N contains norethisterone (also known as norethindrone), see here and here. It contains a very high dose at 5mg/day, some only contain 0.35mg/dose. Which means you are taking 15mg/day, this will in all probability make you bleed. But then? Your ovaries have been upset by the contraceptive you were on, will this make them work again? I doubt it. Having a period is no indication you will conceive, but ovulation is. Have they checked if you're ovulating? Because unless this occurs you won't. We have two pages you might like to read. One is on PCOS, although you don't have this, it explains what to do to heal the ovaries, see PCOS. The other is on Pregnancy. This page explains how to use progesterone when trying to conceive, and it's use during pregnancy. Take care Wray


Jan 21, 2011
delay
by: maria

hey, my name is maria, i remember before i had period problems, it delayed for a month, so i went to see the doctor, and she checked and said everything was normal, and so she gave me this primolut n, when i took it my periods came normal, i was on these pills every month and so i stoped takin them, so my period came out normal without the pill that was on nov 29, and i waited for my next period without the pill until now from 29th nov to 21st january, i still didn't get my period, am having cramps and mood swings , but no period, should i take the primolut n again or i just wait and see what happens?

Jan 23, 2011
delay
by: Wray

Hi Maria Primolut N is norethisterone, a synthetic progestin, please see our page on Contraceptives. I don't advise any women to take them, except for the copper T IUD. In your case, as your cycle is irregular, I would suggest progesterone, as it has no adverse side effects. Progesterone will also help the cramps and mood swings. See this page for more info on How to use progesterone. The only reason your cycle became 'normal' was the pill forcing you to have a period on time. I take it they've checked for PCOS? Take care Wray

Feb 10, 2011
delayed period after 6 mos on primolut
by: rich

hi there! I was diagnosed with PCOS last june, I was told by my OB to take primolut n for 6months, last December was the last month of my treatment. during those months that I took primolut, I got regular periods (which never happened before I found out I have pcos). however, after seeing my doctor last january she told me that i still have PCOS (i showed her my latest TVS) then she told me to stop taking the meds and monitor my period for Feb and March. I'm supposed to have my period Feb. 1, it's now Feb.10 and I still don't have my period. Is this something serious? Should I go back to my OB now (she told me to come back after my period for march)?

Feb 22, 2011
delayed period after 6 mos on primolut
by: Wray

Hi Rich Anovulation and lack of periods is common in POCS but it is possible to reverse it with nutrients and progesterone. The most important is vitamin D, please have a test done, for more info see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. All Contraceptives do is cause breakthrough bleeding, it's not a proper period. Plus they come with many adverse side effects and reduce your progesterone level, which is already low. PCOS is caused by oxidative stress, hence the need for the antioxidants to reverse it. Please have a look at our page on PCOS. Take care Wray

Feb 27, 2011
missed period
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I had my last period in decemeber and till then I didn't have my period. Would it be suggested to take Primolut N to get my periods regularity back?

Mar 15, 2011
Irregular Period and no Ovulation for 2 years
by: Christine

I am 39yrs and TTC for 3 yrs. My period has not been steady for the past 2 yrs and i have not been ovulating. I was on/off primolut N. My last period was Dec 6th 2010. I underwent series of fertility tests in February and the results are:
Progesterone - very low: 0.2ng/ml
FSH - very high: 39mIU/ml
LH: - very high: 41mIU/ml.

I was placed on progesterone injection for 2 weeks alternate days and primolut N 3 times daily for one month. I am still on the primolut N tablets and no period yet.

My question is: will the medications correct my period and keep it normal? My big concern is to restore my ovulation as age is not on my side.

Pelvic scan and TVS show bulky uterus that harbors nodules of intramural fibroid measuring 23.15mm X 22.42mm, 35.07mm X 35.40mm, and 33.49mm X 34.26mm and spanned round the entire uterine cavity. HSG further revealed that my tubes were not visible at all and the implication is that there is bilateral occlusion to my tubes by the fibroid.I am planning surgery by May 2011.

Please your candid advice and counseling is desperately needed.

Mar 24, 2011
missed period
by: Wray

Hi there I would never recommend any Contraceptive to any woman. It can cause too many adverse symptoms. Have you been checked for PCOS? This can upset your cycle, please read through this page as it explains why and what to do about it. A lack of progesterone causes the cycle to be upset, more about this on our page How to use progesterone cream. A lack of vitamin D also upsets the cycle, please have a test done, see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites for more info on testing. Take care Wray

Mar 24, 2011
Irregular Period and no Ovulation for 2 years
by: Wray

Hi Christine I'm continually amazed at why doctors will give Contraceptives to regulate a cycle. Yes they will, but totally unnaturally. Besides which they prevent ovulation. Primolut N contains norethisterone (also known as norethindrone). Norethisterone, at low doses, prevents release of an egg from the ovaries, see here. Unless we release an egg, we make no ovarian progesterone. It doesn't surprise me your progesterone is low, and it doesn't surprise me you are not ovulating. High LH also stops ovulation. By supplementing with progesterone is should bring down the LH, and hopefully get the cycle going again. I know you don't have PCOS, but please look at this page we have, which explains why anovulation occurs, and what to do about it. We do have a page on Pregnancy too, which explains how to use the progesterone and when. It appears you have inflammation and excess oestrogen too. Fibroids are caused by oxidative stress, and they are stimulated by oestrogen, an inflammatory hormone. Please have a vitamin D test done, a lack of this nutrient can stop ovulation and causes inflammation. For more info please see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. Vitamin D is critical for a healthy pregnancy and a growing foetus, see here, here, here, here, here and this excellent video here. Take care Wray

Jun 05, 2011
HELP
by: Anonymous

I'm 18 yrs old and was bleeding from march 26 to may 26 continuously until my OBGYN gave me Primolut N which, from this site, i found out is a contraceptive, and i dnt like birth control. i got a period this mrng so im wondering wht will happen if i stop taking it.

Jun 10, 2011
HELP
by: Wray

Hi there All Contraceptives can cause adverse side effects, so I'm pleased you are against them. You might like to read this page as confirmation of their damaging effect, see here. Nothing but good will come from stopping it. It's evident your progesterone is too low, one reason the doctor gave you the Primolut. They mistakenly believe it's the same as progesterone, but it couldn't be further removed. Progesterone is excellent at stopping continual and/or heavy bleeding, but I've found 400mg/day is needed. Once under control, the amount should be reduced very slowly. We do have more info on our page How to use progesterone. But before you consider using it, please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance first. This can occur and is disconcerting if it does. Take care Wray



Jul 09, 2011
Does Primolut N help just one month?
by: Sarta

I have been trying to get pregnant for 6 months but no result. I had regular periods (every 30-31 days) but since i started to try for pregnancy my periods are not very regular. I had my periods on 25th of March and they were late for 10 days, i got them on 5th of May, so my dr gave me Primolut N to take for 10 days (2 pills per day) and i had my next period on 3rd of June which was normal. But this month they are late again. I should have had my period on 3rd of July and it is the 9th today (pregnancy test negative) and no period. I am very worried. Does Primolut help just for one month? Why am I having difficulties in getting pregnant? Why my periods are not regular since i started to try for pregnancy? Please help...

Jul 14, 2011
Does Primolut N help just one month?
by: Wray

Hi Sarta Primolut N is a contraceptive, not what you need to fall pregnant! It's a progestin, and contains norethisterone (also known as norethindrone), see here and here. It contains a very high dose at 5mg/day, some only contain 0.35mg/dose. At low doses it prevents the release of an egg from the ovaries, see here. It might make your period regular, but if it prevents ovulation, you will not fall pregnant. Has anyone checked to see if you're ovulating? Vitamin D is vital for normal ovarian function, including ovulation. Please have a test done, as this could be what you need. For more info see the Vitamin D Council and GrassrootsHealth websites. And if you live in the UK see Birmingham Hospital. Progesterone is needed too for ovulation. We do have more info on our Pregnancy page. Take care Wray

Jul 14, 2011
pcos
by: Anonymous

hi! i hd been diagnosed o pco 5 years bak>. right now m 18 yrs old. til this january i had mised my period for 10 months. i went 2 my gynaec who gave me primolet n, fertomid n metformin. aftr dat i got my period fr february march. aftr that i hav not had my date. my doc is inacesibl ryt nw. would it be corect if i follow the same med she gave me in january again?
with regards

Jul 26, 2011
18
by: Anonymous

i am 18 should i use primolut n for abnormal periods?

Jul 31, 2011
Heavy bleeding and cramping same day as stopping primolut
by: Tammy B

Hi I have have a heavy period for 12 weeks 2 weeks ago I was given 2 units of blood and given primolut n for 10 I finished the course today and have started bleeding again 2 days ago today that flow has become heavier and i have been cramping real bad... Is this normal or should I go and visit my gp

Aug 01, 2011
delayed period
by: Anonymous

hey
i had sex with my bf on 4th day of mah period(5th may) & for safety i took an i pill. i didnt get my periods till 12th june.doctor told me to take primolut N for 5 days after which i had menses on 22nd june. Today its 1st aug (10 days late) n i still have not got my periods.i m not pregnant. please help.

Aug 04, 2011
pcos
by: Wray

Hi there I would ask you to read our page on PCOS for more info. Take care Wray

Aug 04, 2011
18
by: Wray

Hi there I don't know what is causing your abnormal periods, but a contraceptive will not correct the problem. It could be you have PCOS, so please look through this page for more clues. Take care Wray

Aug 09, 2011
Delay
by: Anonymous

hi there, My period is a month late !! my friend told me to use Primolut N so I went to a pharmacy and the pharmacist gave me the 10mg tablet to use once a day. The problem i'm not sure if i'm pregnant or not, can this Primolut N lead to a miscarriage ?

Aug 22, 2011
primolut
by: Anonymous

I have suffered with extremely bad period pains ever since i can remember, I am 27 years old and my doctor just prescribed me primolut n 5mg tablets i have taken them for the first time and have had my period for 11 days so far, this has never happened before. Does anyone know why?

Sep 14, 2011
Heavy Periods After Stopping The Use of Primolut-N
by: Anonymous

Hi. I'm 24 years old. I have two questions.

1) I wanted to delay my periods in June 2011 for some reason and so I used Primolut-N for continuous 17 days. After stopping this medicine, my 1st cycle of periods in July 2011 had an EXTREMELY less flow, but my 2nd and 3rd cycles of periods in Aug and Sept had an EXTREMELY heavy flow. I also had extremely bad cramps. Please tell me how to bring back the flow of my periods to normal level? Was using Primolut-N a mistake?

2)I am getting married next month and my periods dates are exactly my wedding dates, so I am thinking of using Primolut-N again to delay my periods for my wedding. So do you think I should use this medicine or some other medicine, because I don't really want a continuous heavy flow of periods.

Sep 19, 2011
Delay
by: Wray

Hi there I'm answering the queries entitled 'Delay', 'primolut' and 'Heavy Periods After Stopping The Use of Primolut-N'. Please don't use any Contraceptives, they are not worth the risk. Please see this page here for one woman's story after taking them. Please also read my other comments above. Take care Wray

Sep 20, 2011
Heavy Periods After Stopping The Use of Primolut-N
by: Anonymous

Thanks Wray. I won't use Primolut-N again. Please tell me which medicine I should use to delay my periods for my wedding day? Please reply soon as my wedding is after 2 weeks from now. Thanks.

Sep 21, 2011
Heavy Periods After Stopping The Use of Primolut-N
by: Wray

Hi there I wish I could help you, but can't. I don't agree with taking drugs of any sort, for whatever reason, unless it's life threatening. I can only suggest you change the date of the wedding, or let nature takes it's course. There is only one possible recourse, and that's to use progesterone. Often when first using it the period comes earlier than normal, but I can't guarantee this. For more info see our page on How to use progesterone cream. Incidentally progesterone does stop heavy flow, cramps too. As it inhibits the prostaglandins which cause the cramping. Take care Wray

Sep 22, 2011
Re: Heavy Periods After the Use of Primolut-N
by: Anonymous

Thanks Wray for the quick reply.

Oct 06, 2011
promolut n
by: Anonymous

im trying to concieve so i went to my dr and he give me promolut n for 3 months. 1 month have already spent. that medcine is making me suffer a lot like pain in the legs, i can't touch my breast it really pains and mood swings deppression also. i want a child so i have to endure this. now its a matter of 2 months hope everything will be alright

Mar 02, 2012
irregular Periods
by: doyin

Hi
I have had irregular periods since I was thirteen now am 25 .recently I saw my period for 3months no stop and my doctor advice I use primolute N which stopped the bleeding.Now am scared to stop the drug dnt know what to do.

Mar 03, 2012
irregular Periods
by: Wray

Hi there Please read the info I gave Neelum at the top of the page. You might like to see this webpage too on the Menstruation Cycle. Take care Wray

Mar 04, 2012
No period for the last 7 months..
by: Anonymous

hi im 31yrs.old,and im having a menstrual problem.my last period was aug.10,2011,but until now i havent got any period..im so worried about my cycle because after 3months of taking primolut@progyluton which my ob.gyne gave me to take,after taking it i stopped and had my last period aug.10,2011 then i havent had my period until now it's been 7months ago..i dont know what to do if i will take again..im scared that i might have some cyst,before the ob gyne told me its depression that's why my period is abnormal..pls.i need help,and i wanna get pregnant what will i do?thanks so much..

Mar 05, 2012
No period for the last 7 months..
by: Wray

Hi there Both those drugs are giving you synthetic hormones, both are Contraceptives. I can't see how they will help your ovaries regain a normal cycle. If you think you have PCOS, please look through this page, as it gives info on how to reverse it. We also have a page on Pregnancy, which explains how to use progesterone. Please have a vitamin D test done, this is such an important nutrient, a lack leading to anovulation and abnormal cycles. For more info on vitamin D levels, testing etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth, Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Take care Wray

Mar 06, 2012
PERIOD IRREGULARITIES
by: Doyin

Thank you Wray for the information

Mar 06, 2012
PERIOD IRREGULARITIES
by: Wray

Hi Doyin Thanks for coming back to me, I do wonder if my answers to others are ever looked at! Take care Wray

Mar 09, 2012
heavy clotting, progesterone not working
by: Janet

hi, I am 50 with large fibroids contributing to heavy bleeding. In Dec, had two horrendous periods with egg-sized clots (first time for this). Doc said my uterine lining was very thick and put me on progesterone 10mg (provera) for ten days each month. January period was better, Feb was back to a long bleed with egg clots again. wondering if different dosage would help or taking progesterone continually is better. BTW My iron levels are fine, I take iron regularly.

thanks
Janet

Mar 11, 2012
heavy clotting, progesterone not working
by: Wray

Hi Janet Unfortunately provera is not progesterone, but a synthetic progestin. All Contraceptives have the potential to cause harm, I don't believe any women should be given them. Progesterone does stop heavy bleeding, but amounts of 400mg/day and more are needed. We have more info on our Menstruation page. Take care Wray

Mar 14, 2012
delayed periods
by: Anonymous

i need help please ... i met with my bf on the 19th of feb and was expected to get my periods on the 3rd of march but my periods skipped and i checked with home pregnancy test 3 times and its negative but i am very concerened and need to get my periods i have been given primolut N by my pharmaciest 5mg 2 times a day for 2 days will it induce my periods will it help please advise

Mar 27, 2012
No periods after Premolute-N
by: Anonymous

I am 26 Yrs old, I took premolute-n for 10 days in feb to prepone my periods before my wedding last month, 4th day after i stopped taking pills i got my periods , bt that was'nt natural bleeding.. very less and last for two days only..
I am suffering from PCOD, and had irregular period problem.. i can feel usual heavyness in my body feel like i gained alot.. ( Actually am not ! )
my When should i expect my next natural period..

Apr 03, 2012
irregular menses
by: teddy

pls i nid ur help, im 21 nd iv neva had a regular cycle, it comes in two mnths or three mnths intervals nd atimes six mnths, nd im bout to wed, im so scared dt ds amenoorhea might delay my conception, a doc. Prescribd pn for me nd am soo scared of taken it cos it's also a contraceptiv, pls what do i do??

May 23, 2013
No periods after primolutn
by: Smm

I took primolut n on third day of my cycle ...I kept on taking onevt tablet each day for five days the day I left my bleeding started but this month it was suppose to star on 15but it has not started yet...does it gonah start on the day when my periods started again after taking primolutn or is it because I had intercourse with my husband in between n I am pregnant

Sep 13, 2013
perids irregular
by: Mrs, Zeeshan

i had taken primolut n 3months twice a day every month 21 days ant 7 days gap.when i use this medicine first month i had normal period,but 2nd month i have only spot 2days and 3rd last month also spot.i have no baby i was married one and half yer agao.what should i do help me.n i feel queses nuease dizziness i chrck my pregnancy test at home ,its nehtive.now i m worried,help me

Oct 21, 2013
abormal period
by: sheba

R theUt afteI just loose a twuin and I bI had my period for3 monmonth my doctor stop it but whem my period finish I I am going to do. It is going to come back heavy

Nov 03, 2013
irregular menses
by: Anonymous

I have a bf n mated in aug, I got my menses in aug and sept. In october no periods, I took primolute for 10 days x 3 tabs a day, but still no periods. I check at home thru urine self test its negative. What might be the reason for delayed menses ?

Sep 19, 2014
Irregular period and trying to concieve
by: Hh

Hello, am 29yrs woman. all my life i have had heavy bleeding during my period, i went to the hospital in 2013 and the doc gave me oralcon pill. I took them for 4 month then stop after i got married. We have been trying to convieve for a year noting. From the 13 of april 2014 till july i have been having continous spotting every day. Saw a gyn who did all the test, every thing came back normal. She precribe primolut nor 2 tab a day for 10 dsys.she told me to continoue treatment for 3 months, but i want to fall pregnant. What must i do? I just completed the last dose today

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