Progesterone cream questions, 21 day cycle
by Kim Frodine
Hello Wray and thank you in advance.
I will be 42 at the end of this month. I have suffered with insomnia for about 18 years I've always attributed to hormones, waking at about 3:00 a.m., since my first pregnancy (17 year old daughter). I have two daughters and lost two babies in my second trimester, and the cause was never found after multiple tests with the losses. I think I remember when I was pregnant with my 14 year old daughter, my progesterone was low and I had to be on progesterone pills.
My cycle is, annoyingly, every 21 days. It was discovered about a year ago that I had a large (benign) tumor on my left ovary, endometriosis that was causing pain on the outside of my uterus, and fibroids that were in between the layers of my uterus causing it to be enlarged and causing clotty periods. I opted to have a hysterectomy in April of this year and all went well. My right ovary is fine and still in tact. I was hoping that my cycles would lengthen out just having the one ovary, but I have still been every 21 days like clockwork (though I don't bleed of course, I can tell). I still have terrible breast tenderness and swelling almost two weeks with one cycle before getting relief and then the next time, it is more like a week - - it alternates each cycle like this, again, like clockwork and I have almost uncontrollable food cravings with PMS too.
My gynecologist assures me I am not estrogen dominant, no ovarian cysts or anything of that nature. For the PMS, she told me to start a regimen of 14 days on the cream (emerita 450 mg. pro-gest 2X per day 1/4 t.), then 14 days off and so on. My libido is low since starting the cream and I do feel like I have some weight gain I can attribute to using the cream. I am on my third go-around at this point. My concern is that I am on a regimen that is for a 28 day cycle and am doing something my body is having trouble with and am open to any suggestions you may have. The breast tenderness is a tad better but not great, but still have many nights of insomnia and food cravings. Thank you for any help!