Endometriosis

by B
(MI)

Over the last 2.5 years I have been telling my doctors that something is wrong with my female organs, I specifically asked my gyn if it was related to my hormones as all of this started after having my last child 2.5 years ago.

I started out with sleep problems and kept snowballing... Inability to loose weight, severe fatigue and incredibly painful periods. My gyn blew me off by saying that I was too young to start going into menopause (I am 38.5 now), etc. I have seen several other doctors who could not tell me what was wrong and just said "Your test results are normal, we can't help you". And my gyn refused to do any hormone testing.

I found a regular MD who uses ZRT saliva testing and did the big test. Progesterone was very low, around 100. Everything else was normal. I had been using a progesterone cream (I forget the name of it now) and it was helping somewhat.

Last week I went to a new gyn and one of the first things he said was "It sounds like endometriosis, lets schedule a laprascopy and see whats going on." I am not sure that I want to jump right in and do the laprascopy with out trying some more natural options.

If I wanted to try a higher dose of the progesterone cream would I use this every day, except for when I get my period or can it be used on a continuous basis?

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Sep 16, 2009
Laproscopy
by: Bethany

I was having problems in my late 20's early 30's and was diagnosed with endrometriosis via laproscopy. It really wasn't that bad. I was sore and swollen for a week, but back then (early 90's) that was the only way to diagnose it. My problem was more heavy never-ending bleeding than pain. My doctor then gave me a d&c and monthly injections of depot-lupron for 6 months. This completely stopped my periods (it causes a pseudo-menopause) and gave my reproductive system a break. It was over 10 years before I had a problem again.

The next time (no insurance now) progesterone cream helped stop the bleeding. One of the things that I did notice after depot-lupron was after it was discontinued, I seemed to go into a second puberty... I went from an A cup to a nearly C cup and had acne for a little while. I don't know if this helps you or not, but I just wanted to share my experience.

Sep 19, 2009
Endometriosis
by: Wray

Thanks to Bethany for sharing her story. Lupron is often given for endo, as it stops all ovarian function. Unfortunately this means no progesterone will be made either. A far better option is to use progesterone in high doses, this suppresses oestrogen, which stimulates the endo to grow. Progesterone is also an excellent anti-inflammatory as it suppresses the prostaglandins which cause the pain. As Bethany says progesterone does stop heavy bleeding, although the dose normally has to be high to do this. Please see this web page on endo. Take care.

Sep 19, 2009
Endometriosis
by: Wray

Thanks to Bethany for sharing her story. Lupron is often given for endo, as it stops all ovarian function. Unfortunately this means no progesterone will be made either. A far better option is to use progesterone in high doses, this suppresses oestrogen, which stimulates the endo to grow. Progesterone is also an excellent anti-inflammatory as it suppresses the prostaglandins which cause the pain. As Bethany says progesterone does stop heavy bleeding, although the dose normally has to be high to do this. Please see this web page on endo. Take care.

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