Messed up cycle?

by sara
(sweden)

Hi!

I started using progesterall cream three cycles ago and I think it has messed up my cycle completely. I have benefitted from the cream ( less pms) but still something is not right. I have been using 20mg morning and 40mg night. This last cycle my luteal phase wich is always 14 days only lasted 10 days with heavy bleeding wich i never have. So instead of a 25/26 day cycle I only had 21 days. This cycle I am not ovulating wich I always do!!!! This is very frustrating since we are trying to get pregnant with a second child.

My melasma wich I have had for 6 years is also MUCH darker then it usually is.

Am I using to little? I am following Dr Lees advice wich is way less then you advice.

Thankfull for all the help I can get. I live in Sweden and doctors here havenĀ“t even heard of natural progesterone!!!

Best regards
Sara

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Oct 08, 2012
messed up cycle
by: Anonymous

I am sure Wray will answer all you questions but I wanted to address the melasma.

I too have melasma. It is becoming more common in women. It comes from having excess estrogen so from an unbalance of hormones. Alot of women get it when they are taking birth control pills and at menopause when they are taking prescription hormone replacement. It is also called pregnancy mask. Women get it while they are pregnant because of the additional hormones. Girls going into puberty can also get it. So it really is no longer called pregnancy mask since pregnant women are not the only ones who get it.

The sun is what brings it out on your face. The closer you are to the equator the worse it can be if you go out in the sun without sunscreen. The other problem is that most sunscreens have hormones in them. The good news is that this site offers a sunscreen that has no hormones. Unfortunately there is not much you can do to get rid of the melasma. Keep your face covered in hormone free sun screen so it won't get worse.

Creams from the doctor don't work to get rid of the dark spots. Do not use a bleaching cream, either over the counter or by prescription. It is carcinogenic and does not work anyway. There is a laser that is suppose to take the melasma spots that you have away or at least lighten them. But...it is not 100% successful on everyone, some women have no improvement. It is also very expensive at about $3000 to $6000 and at no guarantee.

If your dark spots are too upsetting for you and you can afford it then it might be worth the gamble to get the laser but do not attempt to try it until you get your hormone imbalance under control or you will really be throwing your money away on the laser even having a chance to work.


Oct 12, 2012
Messed up cycle? Part 2
by: Wray

Hi Sara For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth and Birmingham Hospital. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml (175-250nmol/L) and not the 30ng/ml (75nmol/L) most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although recent research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. It's so unfortunate, but the problem is not just in Sweden, doctors all over the world know so little about progesterone. They think it's a pregnancy hormone, and then dismiss it. I feel this is a minor aspect of it's roles, we're not always pregnant! Take care Wray

Oct 12, 2012
messed up cycle
by: Wray

Hi there Thanks for giving such encouragement, it's always needed! It's interesting you mention melasma getting more prevalent. This is probably because we are now subject to over 100 oestrogen mimics, in our food, air, water and the skin care we use, see Our Stolen Future for more info on them. Plus was are spending more time indoors now, about 90% some authorities say. So we are getting far too little sun, which ironically worsens melasma. Too little sun, means too little vitamin D, so the only recourse is to take it. Once the level is high, at least 70-100ng/ml, I feel this should help. Thanks for mentioning our sunscreen! Take care Wray

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