I have hormonal imbalance

by Cay

Hi Wray, I started on Natpro about a month ago because I'm certain I have hormonal imbalance.

My periods seem to have disappeared (9 months and counting) and I started using the progesterone and have since started my period. I really would prefer not to have a period. Not sure if taking the progesterone got it started again. I read I should NOT use it once my period starts. Why? Please advise.

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Aug 20, 2010
I have hormonal imbalance
by: Wray

Hi Cay I need a bit more info to help you, your age for instance. Are you in peri-menopause, approaching menopause? In case you are please see these two pages on Peri-menopause and Menopause. I'm taking a guess you are, in which case the 'period' you are experiencing is nothing more than the progesterone cleaning out the uterus. The small amount of oestrogen you are making will cause the endometrium to build up over the past 9 months. It normally only occurs once, rarely twice, it depends on how active the ovaries are. So if I'm right please continue to use the progesterone. The only reason against using progesterone during a period is it's not mimicking the normal cycle. We only make progesterone during the luteal phase which lasts 12-14 days. If no egg has been fertilised, progesterone levels drop sharply at the end of the 14 days, this activates MMP's which breakdown the endometrium. If a woman is experiencing pain, which indicates a high level of prostaglandins, then I suggest using the progesterone during a period, as this suppresses them. Take care Wray

Sep 06, 2010
Hormonal Imbalance
by: Cay

Hi Wray, Sorry about that. I am 52 years old and my doctor told me I am definitely in perimenopause. Like I said in the previous comment, I had no period for 9 months and when I started on the Progesterone within a few weeks I got my period with a vengeance, which was all new for me. I normally never bled like that. What is the Progesterone doing for me and is it at all possible to take the Progesterone in a way so that I skip the period? Thanks

Sep 10, 2010
Hormonal Imbalance
by: Wray

Hi Cay Ah I was right about being in peri-menopause. As I said the endometrium has built up over the 9 months, but not sufficiently to cause a thick lining as in our regular monthly cycle. The bleeding should only occur once, rarely twice. But as you are still potentially in peri-menopause, 51 is the average age of menopause, there's no way of telling if you will have another one. If you've had a chance to read the peri-menopause page you'll see they become very erratic. It could be you are in the final transition stage and won't have another. It's generally recommended to wait a full year of no periods to decide if menopause has occurred. It's difficult to answer your question 'what is the progesterone doing for you', as I'm not sure why you are using it. I would hope it will help whatever symptoms you are trying to resolve. But it's beneficial in so many ways, particularly for ageing. Please see here, here, here and here. Take care Wray

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