Dysfunctional Luteal Phase
I am so LOVING this site.
I am currently taking progesterone cream but have not been measuring how much. I have a prescription from my doctor for topical cream compounded at the local pharmacy of 100 mg, which I take in little syringes. She has me taking .15ml a day.
I actually feel much better when I take KAL- a cream I picked up at my local Whole Food store. This cream has 2000 mg per bottle, 500 mg pure progesterone per ounce and claims to be paraben-free. It also includes DLPA and EPO. I haven't been measuring how much of this I take-but I usually put some on my face/neck (to try and help with my horrible under eye bags). I also put a generous amount on my forearms. I feel noticeably better when I take this compared to the kind from my pharmacy.
However, my cycles are still so short coming every 3 weeks. I start spotting a week or more before my actual period starts. I've been reading this site and noticed that Wray says it could be due to a dysfunctional luteal phase. So my question is this-do I take the cream all the time with no breaks to deal with this? Or am I supposed to take a break and not start the cream until after ovulation? I've not been ovulating until this last cycle-but still began spotting almost immediately after ovulation. My overall mood has improved so much during the week before my period, but I have noticed that my mood is extremely witchy during ovulation time. Migraines, meanness, extreme sensitivity to noise and I just hate everyone and everything around me. Ovulation is waaaay worse than the week before my period. Does this mean I am still making too much estrogen during that time and need to be taking progesterone during that time as well?
I've been taking calcium/magnesium/D combo plus additional D, Meta I 3 C (cruciferous veggies designed to metabolize extra estrogen), and Cortico B5-B6 (B complex designed to help with adrenal support). I'm also supposed to be taking iron (Hemagenics), but since the calcium was helping me feel so good I stopped taking it the last few days since it blocks iron).
I have cut out almost all caffeine-I was really fond of coffee drinks from Starbucks, but can tell they really mess me up during certain times of the month. I rarely have any carbonated beverages. I do still have a big thing for chocolate, but am learning to cut back. I have not cut out wheat, though I am not a huge bread eater and I do love fresh veggies and eat quite a bit, though I am still gaining weight. I don't exercise like I should since I am a busy homeschooling mama of four, including a toddler but I try and walk a few miles at least once a week.
I can tell a huge difference in how I feel compared to a year or even two years ago, but am struggling with the constant spotting, short periods and witchy ovulation. I also have had extremely erratic weight gain and loss-last week I weighed 115 one day, 110 the next and then was up to 118 the next. I'm not sure what's up with *that*. For years and years I weighed 98 pounds and couldn't gain no matter what I tried. Now I don't mind the weight gain overall, it's just that is all smack in my belly making me have the appearance of being 3 months pregnant. The weight gain started roughly two years ago, but I had just had my last baby at age 34, suffered the devastating loss of my father months afterward, followed by skin cancer which resulted in major reconstructive surgery on my face followed by a major move. I chalked the gain up to stress. Now I think it was a combination of stress and hormone imbalance rearing it's ugly head.
I feel like I am on the upward swing overall, but need some tweaking. My doctor did have me on DHEA and testosterone, but I have stopped those this month after reading some things on this site.