Liz UK 400mg Progesterone - Periods 2 or 3 times a week WITH pms
Hi Ladies :)
I have been using 400mg of Progesterone for 9 months continuously. After about 5 months my periods stopped (Used to have clotting and heavy flow as I hit 40 I am now 45)
My flow has been reduced to nothing more than brown spotting, hardly anything but comes 2 or 3 times a month and has PMS symptoms so I am all over the place hormonally
I appreciate perimenopause can mess with our cycles but the last month has been unbearable with terrible severe PMS depression, anxiety, insomnia bouts, even light night sweats.
I spotted on the 12th June and am now having period paid and spotting again on the 22nd June.
Here's the question.
I have read and been given advise that I can
1)"Apply just small amounts when my period starts" and I have also read "
2) To increase the cream if symptoms are bad"
But then I have also read that you cannot drop a dose in Progesterone unless it's done slowly at 16mg a day or else we get withdrawal symptoms much like PND and I was advised to apply it through my cycles which I have for over 16 months.
In short. the advise is contradictory at times and I just don't know what I can and cannot do for the best.
I feel like my body is trying to have a "full period" and because I am using 400mg of progesterone it can't so (And they may sound insane) I feel like Oestrogen is constantly knocking on my door screaming "Let me out!!"
I would feel better having a "normal" period instead of spotting all the time. At least then perhaps there would be some level of normal hormonal transition.
But afraid to lower the dose of 400mg for the "dreaded" Oestrogen dominance / P/g withdrawals.
It makes it more confusing because around 2.5 months ago I reduced the dose to 200mg from 400mg for around 2 weeks as I was feeling that good I simply forgot to use the morning dose.
I felt "fine" throughout that period and some time after and upped the dose back to 400mg 4 weeks ago.
Then on the 1st June all Hell broke loose which I am now being advised was probably because I lowered the dose too fast weeks ago. I am SLOWLY feeling more stable emotionally but it was such a horrible time and durtion (3 weeks) its left me shaken and afraid of going there again.
Can it take a month for progesterone withdrawals effects to kick in?
PS I am taking lots of Vit D as well as Magnesium and using Blue light therapy and Omega Oil and zinc (though it makes me sick to the stomach regardless of how I take it) and GABA (1 week use) and Tryptophan at nights even since the 1st June "WW3" episode.
Many thanks for your advice.
I darent go back to my doctor she wanted me to come off progesterone as that seemed to be the only thing to blame for such a severe and prolonged episode. I have written to her since and explained I still believe the cream has worked very well for me and do not wish to stop using it.