Confusion regarding ovulation and progesterone use
Thank you for the wealth of information you have put together on this site. I have a somewhat long question about using natural progesterone cream for a pre-menopausal woman.
First a brief(ish) history: I'm 29 years old, and have endometriosis, the symptoms of which seem to be returning after a hiatus from symptoms during and after two closely-spaced pregnancies. I was on the pill from the age of 16 to 23, having first started to take it for pms cramping. During each of my pregnancies, I had extreme nausea, moderate depression, and with my first pregnancy I had pre-eclampsia. Accordingly, I've 'self-diagnosed" progesterone deficiency. :)
Here is my question--I'm confused regarding how to use the cream, as there are a couple of contradictory statements on the site (or perhaps not contradictory, but something I need clarification on). On the "how to use progesterone" page, you write it's important to not start the cream before ovulation, as this can suppress ovulation and your body's natural progesterone production. But, on the "progesterone misconceptions" page, it is stated that using progesterone cream before ovulation can actually enhance ovulation.
I would like to use progesterone cream to relieve the emotional lows of pms, as well as endometriosis-type pain, menstrual weight gain, and general brain fog during pms. All of these symptoms have noticeably increased within the last year. Preventing pregnancy would be an added bonus, but not essential as a vasectomy is on the horizon for my husband.
Can you advise as to how I should be using this cream? I thought I had it worked out, but I've managed to get myself thoroughly turned around with all the information.
Thank you again for this wonderful resource!