Should I be using progesterone?
(Waterford, ON. Canada)
I have been pregnant once at age 26, went full-term, no complications the best I ever felt. Until I was 30 I had very normal periods light lasting five days - never debilitating. Used birth control (Triphasal 21) from age 18 to 35, took a break for two years - pregnancy and breastfeeding.
In my early 30's I starting experiencing severe pain then I started passing clots the size of quarters and larger. At age 36 I developed uterine fibroids. I had my tubes clamped and an endometrial abolation. I continued to have periods that lasted 3-4 days and were very light. At age 39 the periods were still light but very painful. I experienced severe pelvic pain between periods which caused me to stop exercising. Even walking became painful. Problems with bowl movements. An MRI showed that the fibriods were back and bigger. I was scheduled for a partial hystorectomy and bladder lift 2 months before my 40th birthday.
I still have my ovaries, the Dr. said they looked very healthy. When the doctor opened me up he said in addition to the fibriods I had endimetriosis and it was all over my intestine - that was the cause of the pelvic pain and BM problems. I still experience some pain in the pelvis area, not sure why.
Over the years I thought I suffered from Seasonal Associated Disorder - Winter Depression - Never took meds just learned to deal with it until this last winter I started a very low dose anti depressant until Mid March and stopped the longer days and being able to get out in the nice weather helps.
Before my hystorectomy I weighed 128 lbs now not even a year later I have reach 165 lbs. I am very cautious of what I eat and I exercise 4 x week this includes 45 minutes of cardio. I have managed to loss 10 lbs but that took for ever. I didn't even come close to this weight full term pregnancy (140lbs). It takes a lot to complete my exercise due to my lack of energy. I'm lucky if I see 10:00 at night.
I have never taken any hormone replacement. Do you think progesterone would help with my weight gain, depression, and lack of energy?