by Amy

I'm 26 and have always had irregular periods. At 16 I went to the doctor and they wanted to put me on birth control to regulate me. I didn't want to be on the pill and decided to use progesterone to regulate me.

At 16 I wasn't consistent and just lived with the inconvenience of never knowing when my period would start or end. 10 years later... I've been ttc for 4 years now and am trying progesterone again. I'm currently using now natural progesterone 1 pump (20mg) from day 14 to 28. I'm on my 3rd cycle since starting the cream and now I won't stop bleeding. It's not heavy bleeding, but still.

Do I stop the progesterone or use more of it? I don't know what to do. Am I even using it for the right days of my cycle? not to mention I don't know if they actually are days 14-28 because I haven't seen any pattern in my cycle in years. I've been taking temperature readings for 6 months, and there is hardly a difference in my temperature, always between 97.0 and 97.8 and very sporadic. Help!

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Jun 29, 2011
by: Wray

Hi Amy Did those doctors ever check if you had PCOS? It's pointless regulating a cycle with drugs. The critical thing to check is if you're ovulating. Our cycle can be forced into 28 days with Contraceptives, but little good that does, as most of them stop ovulation! I'm relieved you didn't accept them. I recommend 100-200mg/day progesterone, I've found the low amounts such as you're currently using far too low to have much effect. If not an adverse one as you've found. Progesterone can be used to stop heavy, continual bleeding, although 400mg/day is needed. I don't believe you need anywhere near this, but you certainly need more than you're using. It is a question of experimenting with the amount, I suggest you do increase it, but before doing so please see our page on Oestrogen Dominance first. As you have no cycle, I suggest you use it daily for 2-3 months, during bleeding too. Once stable you can then follow the cycle, there's more info on our page How to use progesterone cream. We also have a page on Pregnancy which gives info on how to use it etc. Taking temps is not very accurate, the range can be so small it's barely noticeable. The best method is using a mini-microscope. Please have a vitamin D test done, it's critical for normal ovarian function, particularly ovulation. For more info see the Vitamin D Council and GrassrootsHealth websites. Take care Wray

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