Progesterone and endometriosis

by Maria
(Ann Arbor, MI)

I had emergency surgery in January to remove an ovary damaged by endometriosis that I never knew I had. After my surgery, the only option my doctor gave me to prevent endometrial cysts was to insert the Mirena IUD. I was completely against it, but she said if I didn't do it, I would end up with the cysts again.

Well, it's been two months of hell with this IUD in... first was pain for the first month, which led to 6 weeks with no period and the last three weeks I have been so bloated that I gained 3 inches in my abdomen and two in my waist. The reason I know that is because I have been on an exercise and diet program for several months and have lost NOTHING--no weight or inches. I am at the end of my rope... I am ready to tell them to remove this IUD but I am afraid I will be back in surgery. What can I do?

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May 08, 2010
Progesterone and endometriosis
by: Wray

H Maria. It's unfortunate they gave you that IUD, it leaks a progestin into the body, hence your problems. There is often great confusion about progesterone and the progestins, they are one and the same to many medical practitioners when in fact they could not be more different! All OC's stop ovarian function, that's the intention. But by doing so ovulation is also stopped, which means no progesterone is made by the ovaries, not a good thing. Please see here.

All progestins have one thing in common with progesterone, and that's stopping further growth to the lining of the uterus and other tissues responsive to oestrogen, by suppressing oestrogen, but that's where it ends. All progestins have a wide range of biological effects, some not good at all, please see here. It doesn't surprise me in the slightest you are having problems. Progesterone and the progestins, by suppressing oestrogen, prevent further growth of oestrogen stimulated endometrial tissue. Progesterone does this safely with no adverse side affects, please see here.

Endometriosis is caused by inflammation too, you should be taking large amounts of antioxidants. The most effective are arginine 1600mg/day, N-acetyl cysteine 1200-1800mg/day and vitamin D 5000-10000iu's/day. Please have a vitamin D test done, all inflammatory disorders have low levels. For more info on vitamin D please see here. Take care, Wray

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