Heavy heavy periods

I am 33 years old and I have been under a lot of stress the past few years with a very messy divorce. I believe the chronic stress lowered my progesterone levels and I started spotting and getting heavier periods nine months ago. I've been on birth control since I was 16 and the doctor switched my birth control to see if that would alleviate my symptoms. It's worse. I've had an ultrasound and they discovered a 1 cm cyst and three 1cm fibroids. They put me on a 14 day on and off progesterone 10mg pill. They tested my progesterone, but not with my estrogen levels. They said my progesterone was normal. I don't have my period the 14 days I'm on progesterone and start my period about 4 days after I stop taking the progesterone. Then my period is very heavy again, particularly in the morning. It almost disappears at night. I really would like to stop birth control completely and get back to a natural rhythm. I'm wondering if the small fibroids would be causing the bleeding, but I'm personally convinced I have a hormonal imbalance. Is there a way to wean off the progesterone pill with cream? Is there a hormonal significance with heavy morning periods disappearing by night???

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Feb 20, 2015
Heavy heavy periods
by: Wray

Hi there Stress does lower progesterone levels. Fibroids can affect bleeding, although normally they have to be large to increase bleeding. They are caused by oxidative stress, so large amounts of antioxidants are needed to reverse them. Progesterone helps too. So too does taurine, are you eating enough fish and/or meat? It's not found in veggies and has a major bearing on the health of the uterus, see here. You can come off any Contraceptive cold turkey, it's not dangerous although in some women the side effects can be unpleasant. Using progesterone prior to stopping can help this. There's more into on our pages about How to use Progesterone Cream and Menstruation. I've never heard of heavy bleeding in the morning slowing down at night, and have no explanation for it. There's info here on progesterone cream. Take care Wray

Feb 20, 2015
Taurine
by: Jane

I do eat meat but I started taking taurine, NAC, and vitamin C after looking at the fibroid information. Could the 1 cm cyst be causing the bleeding if not the fibroids? Is progesterone helpful in treating ovarian cysts?

Feb 25, 2015
Taurine
by: Wray

Hi Jane I'm pleased you've started the protocol, it should help. I heard last week from a regular contributor to the site, that adding the amino acids lysine and proline also helps heavy bleeding. So if you find the protocol taking too long, please consider adding these two. Ovarian Cysts don't cause bleeding in the uterus, please look through this page of ours. Progesterone does help, so too does iodine, please consider taking some of this. The bleeding is caused by excess oestrogen. Take care Wray

Mar 11, 2015
Update
by: Jane

They just did an ultrasound a month after the original. The fibroids stayed the same but my cyst increased from 1cm to 6cm. Also, they say I have a thick endometrium. I asked for a full hormone test and it came back that everything is normal except my testosterone is slightly, high but not enough to medicate. I opted for surgery in three weeks because I personally feel like after 15years its time to be off birth control and I wonder if the synthetic hormones got everything off in the first place, including the stress.

Is it possible to have had a hormone disruption that has evened out but I'm still suffering from the aftermath of what it caused? Also, I'm told to continue the 10mg medroxyprogesterone on and off for two weeks for another month. I'm kinda of scared the cyst will continue to grow, even though they say my hormones are normal. Because what exactly is causing it to grow if my hormones are normal.....

Can I use progesterone cream in conjunction with the 10mg of medroxyprogesterone? Would progesterone cream help with the slightly elevated testosterone level? Thank you so much!!!

Mar 17, 2015
update
by: Anonymous

Hi Wray. I ordered the progesterone cream. Since taking two rounds of medroxyprogesterone (14 days on and 14 days off) my menstrual cycle has not improved. When I am not bleeding, I am spotting. My endometrium lining is now considered thick and my ovarian cyst increased from 1cm to 6cm in a month. My doctor is pushing birth control and I am thinking about taking a progesterone only pill. However, even when I was on the estrogen/progesterone bc I only had one week free after my cycles and then weeks two and three I spotted. Could this be an indication of a luteal phase defect? I'm at my wits ends and I don't think my doctor knows what to do other than surgery to remove the cyst and d&c and prescribe bc. I'm now borderline amnemic and they say my hormones are in range but testosterone is slightly high. Now that I have the progesterone cream, and now that I have no idea when my period starts or begins, what do you suggest?

Mar 17, 2015
update
by: Jane

Update from heavy heavy periods, having problems commenting on that post. After being on two rounds of medroxyprogesterone (14 day on and 14 days off) my menstrual periods have not gotten better. My 1cm cyst went to 6cm in a month and my endometrium lining grew thicker. Doctor is recommending birth control again and a d&c and removal of the cyst. I'm nervous about a estrogen/progesterone pill since when using it I only had one good week after my cycle and weeks two and three spotting. Is this an indication of a luteal phase dysfunction? I'm thinking about using a progesterone only bc. My hormone levels they say on one testing are in normal range with the exception of a slightly high testosterone and I'm now borderline anemic while taking iron supplements. I'm at my wits end and purchased the progesterone cream. How should I use it? I don't really have a clear cycle now I'm either bleeding or spotting all the time. Please help!

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