Perimenopuase - Estrogen Dominance - Need to stop continual bleeding
(Short Hills, NJ)
I have had great success using Progesterone Cream in the past but ran into a recent problem and am looking for suggestions to resolve it.
I had a Novasure procedure two years ago and due to a septate uterus, still got periods but they were very light.
Once I learned more about estrogen dominance I realized I could likely have dealt with my problem with progesterone, but, that is water under the dam!
Anyway, am currently in perimenopause with lots of anovulatory cycles, but until last summer, the dose of progesterone was keeping my period stable and keeping my other symptoms at bay.
In October I accidentally bought a tube of phytoestrogen cream and I used it, in the amounts of my progesterone cream!! For two months! 1/2 teaspoon twice a day! Which is a lot of phytoestrogen cream!!
My symptoms were getting worse, and so I kept slightly increasing my dose, thinking it was progesterone cream. In December I had experienced a heavy longer than usual flow and went to check the progesterone dose on my tube.... and that is when I saw it was phytoestrogen!!! I could not believe I had been so careless!!
No wonder I was getting worse and worse. I was not only getting no supplemental progesterone but totally overstimulating my estrogen!! To top it off, I gave in to chocolate and caffeine cravings and increasingly ate and drank it like a crazy person.
Anyway, once I realized this stupid mistake, I switched back to progesterone cream, cut out the chocolate and caffeine, and thought I might need a "loading dose" of Prog. so I went to 100 and then 200 and then 240 a day. In January, on day 12 I got a "pre-menstrual headache" and on day 13 I started bleeding. It was moderate to heavy but has lightened up with the progesterone I am using but has not yet stopped. I am a little leery of going on a higher dose.
I have added some NAC and Magnesium.
I can actually feel my imbalance kicking in every few hours, so I have been spreading my dose out a little every several hours or when I feel symptoms. I can feel when the balance is shifting and keep trying to nip it in the bud.
It is so inconvenient to get up to 300 or 400 a day but I realize I might have to for a while to correct this!
I know progesterone is my solution and am just so peeved that I was on a good balance and then did this to myself!!
My experience really shows how much and how quickly estrogen dominance can take over your life if you are not attentive!!!
Any comments or suggestions are welcome!