Should I follow my cycle or use every day?
(Santa Cruz, CA)
I am a 31-year-old woman with two young daughters, ages 3.5 years and 15 months. Over ten years ago, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia (chronic pain and fatigue), which I think very closely matches the symptoms of progesterone-deficiency/estrogen dominance. (I also took the progesterone deficiency questionnaire which confirmed my suspicion). This would also explain to me why my fibromyalgia went into nearly complete "remission" during my pregnancies. I know of other people who have experienced total healing of this syndrome through use of progesterone cream, so naturally I am very excited to get started with treatment!
But... I don't really have a period to speak of right now; not sure if this is because I'm still nursing my youngest (only at night now though), or because of my IUD (they say some women have no period with the Mirena), but it makes it tricky to get the timing right. And from what I've read, it DOES in fact matter when one supplements progesterone, since a woman's body naturally produces it at certain times in her cycle, and if one supplements then, the natural progesterone isn't produced when it should be AND there's still a deficit (in the case of progesterone-deficiency/estrogen dominance) the rest of the cycle.
I read two things that I *think* indicate that I should use the cream daily in an ongoing manner right now, despite the benefits of following one's cycle - can you tell me if I'm correct?
"If a woman still has a cycle to follow, then its advisable to follow it, otherwise it can be disrupted. Having said that, if symptoms are severe, the cream can be used every day to get rid of them first and then revert to following the cycle."
"For other forms of contraception or HRT, ie. progestin only, injections, implants, IUD?s, etc., progesterone should be used every day."
I appreciate your help! Thank you!