Birth Control "shot" made hormone imbalance worse
(Nashville, TN USA)
In January 2007 I went for my annual and made inquiries about why my blood flow was getting heavier and for longer periods of time. (I turned 39 that month). My gynecologist told me it would continue to get worse because of my age. She recommended several birth control methods.
After reading the suggested materials I settled upon the progesterone shot. I had three over several months and gained almost 20 pounds; and heavy irregular bleeding continued along with other premenstrual symptoms. I lost so much blood my family doctor said he was close to recommending a transfusion.
I stopped the shots after reading material on the difference between synthetic and natural progesterone. I then took a natural progesterone treatment orally for 3 months. My period returned regularly, with some heavy bleeding still. I have not lost the weight, but recently started a workout and meal plan program. I lost 1.5 lbs the first week.
I am hesitant to try a natural progesterone cream, but I continue to experience night sweats, lack of focus, slight headaches, water retaining, over-eating, increased emotionalism and sensitivity 7 to 10 days before my period. I intend to try the cream and have purchased Pro-gest by Emerita. I am told by my family doctor that the regular workout and good diet, along with the cream should balance everything out and get rid of the premenstrual symptoms. I also take a prenatal and evening primrose.