Feeling better on progesterone but now I have a period that won't stop
Hi... I have been doing some reading on your site and I so appreciate it, there is a lot of fantastic info on here!
I have a couple questions I would like to ask of Wray, please :) and thank you in advance for your time. I do appreciate it!
I am a female, 41 years of age. I have hypothyroidism and on medication for it. I started reading about progesterone therapy, using the natural creams, last year, and found that a lot of my symptoms I was still having, which I had attributed to thyroid but my docs did a full panel and say I'm "normal" ... found that several of these problems could also be attributed to estrogen dominance. I began taking the cream around the end of December 2011.
I have been steadily feeling so much better! Periods starting to come at more regular intervals, almost 28 days now where they had been anywhere from 20-25... feeling better, sleeping better, moods getting WAY better, lol. I have been having extremely heavy periods, for the first few days they are so bad I can't really even go anywhere, then around day 3 or 4 they lighten up and by day 5 or 6 I am over it. That is one thing I had hoped it would help with, and for a while it did help some. Then something strange happened. I am wondering if it had anything to do with a new progesterone cream I tried, that didn't list the amount of progesterone on it.. I didn't even realize it didn't til I read someone complaining about it. Anyway, this last period, came EXACTLY 28 days...the whole week prior to that, my breasts (front and nipples) were so incredibly tender I couldn't even stand to wear a bra. The soreness lasted until a couple days into my period and it was so extremely heavy, the worst I have had, and the heaviness lasted almost my complete cycle, and went 7 to 8 days. So it was longer and heavier than usual. On day 8 I started my progesterone cream again (this time by a well reputed company). Three days after my period stopped... I started getting it again. This was on May 2, and it hasn't stopped yet. It is pretty light with very little tissue/clots, and one pad can do me a whole day, but it is a real inconvenience. And just before my period came back, I got an extremely terrible menstrual migraine... I used to get them a lot but since I started taking the progesterone those had gone away... the migraine lasted several days and I could barely move my head, I was in so much pain.
I am still bleeding, but otherwise I feel good... I am still taking progesterone because I didn't know if I should stop or not... I'm not having any pain or depression or anything, just this inconvenience of my period not stopping. I am taking iron supplements so I don't become anemic.
I am just wondering what your input on this situation might be? Should I quit taking progesterone if I am still bleeding? I am taking 1/4 tsp, it occurred to me that 1) maybe I should up my dosage to 1/2 a day? also that maybe my bleeding like this could be a good thing, as it might be sort of cleaning out my uterus? So I am thinking maybe this could be a positive thing, as I think our bodies know best and the less medical intervention we give them, when not necessary, the better.
Anyway I would greatly appreciate just to see what you would say about this, and to get some opinions.