Progesterone Cream Convert
(Las Vegas, NV)
I began suffering from menometrogghia at 26 after the stillbirth of our daughter (not hormone related, caused by a rare chromosome defect my husband carries). I immediately went to my perinatologist who recommended an ob/gyn to help me. That doctor was the worst I had ever seen. I had gained 25 pounds while pregnant, which put me in the low 200s.
I had always been overweight and had issues with my cycle but once I'd lost weight, those problems went away. The doctor ran every test imaginable but not on my thyroid or on my hormone levels. He even blamed all of my issues on my weight and said I was diabetic, which I was not and never have been. I was disgusted and never went back. I did, however, get pregnant again on my own and miscarried a little over a year after the loss of our daughter (again because of my husband's chromosome defect according to my peri).
So it's been almost four years since I went to that ob/gyn and about 8 months ago, I finally got a referral to a reproductive endocrinologist despite telling my general practice doctor every year since at my yearly about the issues I was having. The RE listened to me and really seemed to genuinely understand what was happening. I'd done enough research on my own to understand that I was an-ovulatory and that was what was causing my cycle issues.
He put me on provera and like a "good patient" I took it and followed his directions on when to start clomid. The problem was, the clomid didn't work and I needed the provera to start a new cycle each time. He didn't even do ultrasounds to see if I was close to ovulating, all he did was prescribe it and tell me to go on cycle day 23 for a progesterone blood test all the while not bothering to do any bloodwork of his own to see if there was anything else that could have been causing the menometrogghia.
I began researching what my options were in November last year because the RE did an about face and told me and my husband we didn't really want to have children because I wasn't willing to lose weight. I knew I was estrogen dominant and had joined a weight loss program and exercised a minimum of 5 days a week but was just not able to lose. I began taking DIM in December hoping it would reduce my estrogen levels enough to help me ovulate and start a natural cycle on my own but it didn't. Through more research I came across Dr. Lee's fertility shutdown and decided to try it.
I began the fertility shutdown in February and that cycle was very short, only lasting 18 days. I didn't know until after I had stopped the NPC when that cycle began that I should have increased the dosage instead of letting the cycle start but for the first time in 4 years I had a natural bleed that only lasted 5 days compared to 2 months from before I went to the RE. That was when I found this site. I have been applying about 160mg per day but I think it might not be enough. I have still had some breakthrough spotting for the last week and am only on CD23 but I have managed to keep it to spotting only and not a flow.
I have noticed with the NPC that I don't have sciatic and back pain like I did with the provera. I have noticed that I haven't been sleeping as well and have been experiencing heartburn and hot flashes at night. From all of the advice you've given, Dr. Wray, I've come to the conclusion that if I increase the dosage even more those issues may resolve themselves. I have also finally been able to lose close to 20 pounds too. I'm still very overweight but the NPC is making me feel better than ever and more confident that I can fix this problem myself rather than need a doctor to fix it who is more interested in hearing himself talk.
Thank you so much for putting this information out there.