Endometriosis and Perimenopause
I am 46 years old. I have been suffering with endometriosis since I was 16 years old. It has been awful. Heavy bleeding and extremely painful periods with embarrassing blood through the clothes as nothing could contain it (nor the pain). There were times I didn't think I would make it. I had contemplated suicide at one point due to the unbearable pain I was suffering. I was 20 years old at the time. My disease finally got a name when I was 20 years old. It was called Endometriosis and I finally found a doctor that knew a lot about it. Went through monthly emergency room visits and many pain killers until then. Nothing really worked. I had laparoscopic surgery for it and was put on Danocrine and birth control pills. Went through this process 6 times total and was planning a hysterectomy because I was tired of the pain and no quality of life. The surgeries worked. Some gave me relief for a few years, others not so. Changed doctors looking for a more permanent solution but never found one.
Read about natural progesterone cream a few years ago and tried it. After a few weeks, I was feeling so much better. After three months, my pain was dwindling and the bleeding was more controlled and of shorter duration. I was so ecstatic. However, I started having pains once again and went through a series of doctors that weren't helping. The pain was worse and I was having serious trouble walking. Found a "specialist" in Endo and she put me on Femara and birth control pills for 6 months. It did nothing for me. My hair was falling out and I felt awful but decided to try the full 6 months of the treatment to see if there would be improvement. There wasn't. Went back to my internist because the pain, while bad, didn't feel like endo. Had a pelvic mri and it turned out that I had a torn hip labrum and needed surgery to repair it. Had the repair done and now it is better. However, the endo is not and now I think I am going through perimenopause as my cycles were down to 21 days and I was bleeding for 9 days. I went back on the progesterone cream 5 months ago and I have seen some improvement. I've been using it starting day 6 through day 26 and have helped stabilize my period though there are months where the bleeding is very heavy and long lasting and others where it is short and light. Some with pain and some without. I have been using 100ml per day, but I don't know if that is correct given my situation. Should I be using it differently? Also, the cream I was using was not NatPro and I am now wondering if the quality is good. It seems the formulation has changed since I last used the cream a few years ago. Waiting on you to get a new supply of NatPro as I am hoping it will work better than the stuff I have been using.