Bleeding cycle heavy for 6 months when do stop taking Natural Progesterone cream?

by Pennielaynze
(White Mountains NH USA)

I won't go too deep into details as this is a long story..

I had hemmorage cycle bleeding happen 2 years ago as I bled/clotting/heavy bleeding to where i couldn't lay down to sleep it was awful for almost 4 months and was put on estrogen related drugs - Megace was one of the drugs I remember. I have bad reactions to everything given and was unable to take any of them so finally told the Dr. NO MORE when I had no relief and they were experimenting by giving me this and that with such BAD reactions.

They wanted to do ablation on me - have me take birth control pills which I couldn't take either I asked for a ultrasound as I wanted answers WHY AM I BLEEDING LIKE THIS as I have always had my cycles on time like clock work I had no endometrial issues.. The Dr couldn't get me in for months for an ultrasound and was told if I continued to bleed & it gets worse go to ER. Well I ended up in ER and an ultrasound was finally performed by my request to find I had a Fibroid. I picked up an over the counter Progesterone cream called Emerita 20mg and bleeding stopped.

I cycled normally for the next 2 years and quit taking the cream. Then...Recently this year it happened all again I began bleeding this year uncontrollably. With a different DR this time and a ultrasound to find I had that same fibroid in my Uterun wall and a Polyp and also a cyst on my right ovary all at the same time. After the removal of fibroid in my Uterun wall and a Polyp & D & C I was told that the cyst most likely will go away in time. After surgery I was told I should start my cycle normally and regulate. Well this never happened. I began bleeding 3 months ago and never stopped and it got heavier and heavier and back to no sleep and iron pills twice a day.

On a guess whim and desperate to stop bleeding I began what I could find at a local organic store near me. The NOW brand Progesterone cream w/lavendar 20 mg about 8 days ago I started this and I quit bleeding immediately Ahh relief finally but after reading and reading and reading..MY BIGGEST CONCERN IS "I need to know when to stop taking this cream" as I have been bleeding straight for 4 months.

I need to get my cycle back on track so I can order the saliva test and take it on the appropriate days and visit a Bioidentical dr as I want to make sure I am taking the right mg's. and confirms that I am peri-menopausal. Although I have been irritable, crabby, moodswingy, with this adrenaline crazy feeling of my head is going to explode any moment I assumed I am !! LOL Once I started taking the cream this craziness stopped..Weird right..Low progesterone I guess so.

Please help.

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Sep 06, 2011
Bleeding cycle heavy for 6 months when do stop taking Natural Progesterone cream?
by: Wray

Hi Pennielaynze I'm delighted you responded so quickly to the progesterone, it does stop heavy and/or continual bleeding. MMP's are enzymes that break down protein. They play a role in the breakdown of endometrial tissues at the end of the menstrual cycle. If they are over active, as would be the case with excess oestrogen in the body, as oestrogen stimulates their production, the result is a pathological reaction. A high level of MMP's can lead to inflammation and excessive bleeding in the uterus. If a low level of progesterone is present, and a high level of oestrogen, the lining will continue to grow. With a high level of MMP's the lining will also continue to break down. Progesterone suppresses both MMP's and oestrogen. I'm amazed such a low amount helped you, I've found it has to be around 400mg/day to stop the bleeding. I recommend 100-200mg/day for normal usage. I'm not sure of your age, but you do mention you might be in Peri-menopause. This is such a difficult time when cycles become so erratic they're impossible to follow. I always recommend using the cream daily and not taking a break. You might like to read this comment here. Saliva tests can only tell how much of any one hormone is in the system, they cannot tell how we're feeling. That to me is the most important thing, to listen to the body. The other problem I've found is the ratio between progesterone and oestrogen is rarely looked at, and this is the critical factor, not so much the level. From Saliva Tests we run, we've found the ratio should be 600:1 and over to feel well. The amount of progesterone to use is dependent on symptoms, the more severe they are the more is needed. A saliva test for progesterone should only be done ±7 days after ovulation or before bleeding. But if you want to find out if you're in P-M, your symptoms certainly suggest it, a test can be done at any time, as they check for FSH levels. If these are higher than normal, it indicates you are. If you do wish to increase the amount of progesterone you are using, please see our page on Oestrogen Dominance first, as this can occur. Take care Wray

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