by Nicky West
I am 47 years old and have adenomyosis and I am in peri-menopause. I have suffered with frequent heavy bleeding and painful cramps, irritable bowel syndrome and severe premenstrual syndrome for the last 10 years. I went for an endometrial ablation 5 years ago which successfully stopped the bleeding and has ever since. I recently had a scan which showed no problems with my ovaries, just adenomyosis.
I have tried almost everything my gynaecologists and doctors have prescribed but it has NOT helped. They all suggest a hysterectomy or start using hormone replacement patches which I'm also reluctant to use. I don't want a hysterectomy because I don't want another set of problems trying to balance my hormones, I have enough of a struggle trying to balance them now!
So I bought progesterone cream and have used it for one cycle only so far. I have only used one pump a day which is equivalent to 20mg for 14 days from ovulation and then I stopped and I have my period now which has not improved. When I was using it I felt better but I know I'm using the lowest suggested dosage. After reading your informative website I realise that I should consult you as to how I should use this cream. Clearly I am not using enough.
My hormone levels blood tests revealed that they have dropped down 50 %. Another blood test revealed I was vitamin D deficient as well which would explain why I have been ill for the last 10 years with Hidradenitis Suppurativa as well! I am therefore now taking a Vitamin D supplement everyday.
Could you please inform me as to how much I progesterone I should be using and whether I should use it continuously or not.