Am I a candidate for use of progesterone?

by Bubbly
(Singapore)

I am 46, currently in perimenopause. For the past 6-7 years, been experiencing frequent spotting between periods, sometimes 2 menses in a month. Recent months, my 28-day cycle had shortened to 16 day, meaning 2 periods in a month. Ultrasound, pap smear, colpo all turned out normal. In fact, the doctors just doesn't know what to do with my bleeding problems. Too old for OC pills, other hormone pills is not an option for me. Tried many herbal supplements - chasteberry, dong gui, flaxseed oil, black cohosh, sheep placenta, herbal blend supplements etc. None works for me. Even DIM cause me to bleed after just one week of use. Use of progesterone cream will be my last resort. So, do you think I am a good candidate to try the progesterone cream? The frequent bleeding is really tiring me out severely.

Best rgds to all.

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Jan 23, 2013
Am I a candidate for use of progesterone?
by: Wray

Hi Bubbly Yes you are a good candidate, progesterone can stop bleeding. But I've found amounts of 400mg/day are needed. We do have more info on our page about Menstruation. I would suggest you also add at least 2000mg/day NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), 2000mg/day taurine and at least 5000iu per day vitamin D. NAC inhibits the MMPs which break down the lining, see here and here. Taurine is low in dysfunctional bleeding, see here. And vitamin D is needed by every cell to function normally, plus it stops cells proliferating. Progesterone also inhibits the MMPs. Please have a vitamin D test done. Living in Singapore (where I was born!) you probably get little sun due to staying indoors because of the heat and humidity. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml (175-250nmol/L) and not the 30ng/ml (75nmol/L) most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although recent research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Take care Wray

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