Fibroids for 15 years

by Gill
(Yorkshire, U.K.)

I am 54 and although I do not appear to have any pre-menapausal symptoms according to my doctor ! I have had fibroids for at least 15 years and very heavy periods I am also very overweight. I used a progesterone cream to help with the heavy periods and this worked really well. I got the aneamia under control and felt less tired.

I had been using the cream for some time twice a day for the second half of my cycle, but found that I would get slight cramping by mid afternoon.

I read on the Dr Mercola web site about using the cream in the vagina which I did for a few months. However, I began to have quite severe pain in my hips when walking up and down stairs. To the extend that I could hardly get up stairs on an evening. I stopped using the cream and these symptoms disappeared almost immediately. However, I am back to heavy bleeding, feeling very tired and a real lack of vitality.

The progesterone cream I used was not the one you recommend, but do not want to name it on your site as this may not be appropriate. I would really like to start using a cream again as I feel it really helped but have been put off by my experience. Are you aware of this problem occurring in some women ?

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Oct 05, 2011
Fibroids for 15 years
by: Anonymous

I was wondering if the cramping could have come from the bladder? I have been taking 100mg per day of natural micronized progesterone cream for a year and just recently have had cramping but seems to feel more like bladder. I am post menopausal so use it every day. I had polyps in the uterus and it got rid of them completely.

Oct 06, 2011
Fibroids for 15 years
by: Wray

Hi Gill Unfortunately it occurs in more women than not. When initially using progesterone it stimulates oestrogen, leading to Oestrogen Dominance symptoms, sometimes quite severe. It appears you were using a very low amount, maybe 20-40mg/day? This merely exacerbates things, it's essential to make progesterone the dominant hormone. This can only be achieved by using high amounts, I suggest 100-200mg/day, dependant on symptoms. Often more is required initially. The vagina is an excellent place to apply progesterone, it helps prevent dryness, inflammation and Candida. I use some there nightly. We do have a page on Fibroids, and one on Peri-menopause too. Both give advice on how to use progesterone. Please have a vitamin D test done, most people in the UK have too low a level, and the further north one gets the lower it is, see here, here, here, here, here and here. It's a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it prevents oxidative stress which is a cause of fibroids. For more info on testing etc., see the Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. This is an excellent video to watch too, see here. Take care Wray

Mar 11, 2012
Restarting My Cycle
by: Gill

Hiya Wray,

I did finally manage to get my symptoms under control. I went to the doctors also to try and get some tests done on my hormone levels. After the doctor asking several questions, she came to the conclusion that I was not in the menapause and as I did not want to go down the route of HRT there would be no point in doing these tests. She put my heavy bleeding and aching muscles and joints down to me being overweight and suggested some dietary changes. (I have been a vegetarian for 15 years and eat a healthy diet with very minimal processed foods so, as you can imagine I was not impressed).
I got to the stage where I have been using Natpro all the time without a break. Obviously this has put an end to my heavy bleeding and anaemia. I am concerned that I should go back to having a monthly cycle where I ovulate and bleed, but not sure where to start. I still get some cramping at certain times of the month but no bleed. I also take Vitamin D after doing some of the research suggested. Can you advise me on
a) should I try and get back to a monthly cycle
where I ovulate etc.
b) or is it safe to carry on as I am.
CONFUSED.
With Love

Gill

Mar 11, 2012
Restarting My Cycle
by: Wray

Hi Gill Good to hear from you again, and I'm delighted to hear you've got your symptoms under control. I find it amazing they won't test unless you want to go the HRT route, shocking actually. I would continue as you are, it's not worth stopping and starting. Each time you do it only means oestrogen will rise again. I only suggest to younger women to follow their cycle again, as often they want to have children. I take it you don't!? I began using progesterone daily, through any bleeding, when I still had regular cycles during peri-menopause. All my symptoms came back when I took a break, something I could do without! I still use about 170mg/day. Glad the info on vitamin D helped, but I do hope you're taking sufficient. If you are overweight it could be this, it's usually got nothing to do with food as most people think, see here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Amazing the ignorance out there, in fact they have now found what they call obesogens, endocrine disrupting chemicals which cause an imbalance in lipid metabolism, or disrupt energy or cause fat cells to increase, all causing weight gain, see here and here. This last paper is very long, but if you put into control/find the word obesogens, it will find the passage for you. Please have a test done, Birmingham Hospital only charges £20 and they send a test kit to you, it takes about 3 days after they get the sample. You need to get your levels somewhere between 175-250nmol/L. Mine is currently 230nmol/L. Take care, love Wray

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