unexpected bleeding...

by Jen

I learned that I have endometriosis and discovered that natural progesterone therapy can help with symptoms etc. I had a lot of trouble acquiring the cream, as you need a prescription in Canada and my doctor would hear nothing of it. So I ordered some cream on line from an Australian company to use at my own risk. This will be my second cycle using the cream at a very small dose. I started the cream on day 18 as I usually have a 32 day cycle. I have been experiencing some spotting and mild bleeding during sex. I am wondering if this is a normal adjustment phase? Do you recommend that I continue using the cream in this way?
Thanks, Jen

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Mar 22, 2012
unexpected bleeding...
by: Wray

Hi Jen You are using it correctly, ie following the luteal phase which lasts 12-14 days. I prefer it if the full 14 days are completed, as it means sufficient progesterone has been used. But you say you are using a very small amount. I've found 500mg/day is needed to help Endometriosis. Spotting/mild bleeding means your progesterone is too low, we have more info on our Menstruation page. I'm surprised you haven't experienced any of the usual Oestrogen Dominance symptoms! Low amounts of progesterone normally exacerbate existing symptoms, and occasionally new ones appear. Although the endo page gives info on how to use progesterone, we have more on our page How to use progesterone cream. Endo is caused by oxidative stress, often it's nothing more than a lack of vitamin D. Although I would advise taking high doses of all the most potent antioxidants too. People living in Canada have low levels, sometimes very low, see here, here, here and here. Please have a vitamin D test done. For more info on vitamin D levels, test kits etc see the Vitamin D Council, GrassrootsHealth, Birmingham Hospital and Vitamin D Links websites. Blood levels should be 70-100ng/ml or 175-250nmol/L and not the 30ng/ml or 75nmol/L most labs and doctors regard as adequate. The minimum daily dose should be 5000iu's per day, although the latest research indicates it should be 10,000iu's per day, see here. Take care Wray

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