Spotting / Heavy but regular menstruation
(North Carolina - USA)
I am 46 and have begun using natural progesterone cream (NatPro and ProGest primarily) to reduce very heavy periods. My periods throughout my life have lasted a full 7 days but seem to be stretch to 10 with spotting at beginning and end. In the middle, the flow is so heavy I have to use 3 super plus tampons and a full pad -- often needing to change within an hour of so. This heavy nightmare lasts for approximately 2 full days accompanied with major cramps (requiring a 4-6 hour dose of ibuprofen to function).
My periods have almost always been regular (yet heavy) but since applying the cream have felt some relief. I have started having night sweats which seem to come and go but I believe the cream is helping. I don't have hot flashes or other symptoms.
I had mild PCOS in my 30's and changed my diet and became pregnant with my daughter (eliminating bad crabs). When I focused on my diet, my symptoms subsided and periods became more normal. I have also been off and on birth control for many years but always having the heavier than wanted flow (with or without).
Since applying the cream, I have noticed a tendency to bleed/spot more. I have been reading this forum and applying more and more but the spotting, extra long menses, and more breakthrough bleeding is very troubling. It is likely that perimenopause is in full swing -- yet the additional days of bleeding has truly been since the cream has been applied. The more hopeful reason is that my body is adjusting and that the cream will help alleviate my hard to manage periods. At the age of 46, there is a good chance I will breakthrough to my clothes even when highly prepared with coverage. It is quite frustrating.
As you probably imagine, my iron is extremely low and a problem that I address by taking supplements. I also take vitamins.
Since taking the cream I have felt good. I have had moments where I felt an old familiar glance of being in my 20s/30s from a hormone perspective. My skin looks good, I feel a more youthful energy, I look generally better... My skin is also not as dry and my breasts are a bit tender. I don't have any vaginal dryness or other menopausal symptoms outside of the occasional night sweats and anxiety (but who am I kidding - the anxiety is not new).I also seem to lose a good bit of hair -- and always have. Luckily I have been blessed with thick hair but I am worried. I obviously can't keep going at this rate.
I had a revelation today that perhaps cutting back on grains (all grains, potatoes, and legumes) might be the next thing I should try. I am also not giving up on Progesterone cream but would like a sanctify check. I am applying about 150-200 MGs a day. I am open to all ideas. Is there a way to apply more natural progesterone to ensure I am getting the highest amount regularly? I have read the page about the different options but I really want to educate myself on the best way. In the summer right now, I am a bit of a sticky mess. :)