uteine fibroids, IBS, uexplained infertility

by hajera
(london, uk)

Hello, i am 43 year old. Have been trying for no.2 for the last two years without any success. In recent pelvic scan they found a small fibroid in the uterus, also my FSH is low.

I have IBS and regular bloating after meal, only a bowel movement relieves it. I also have hyper pigmentaiotn on the skin which has been getting worse over the past 15 years or so.

I have been using progesterone cream for the past 2 days, use twice a day, how or will it benefit my conditions and help me to conceive.

many thanks.

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Apr 25, 2012
uteine fibroids, IBS, uexplained infertility
by: Wray

Hi Hajera Infertility has many causes, this page lists some. Progesterone can help if it's low, it also helps with Fibroids too. The dark patches are melasma, it's caused by excess oestrogen stimulating melanocytes, these make melanin, the pigmentation in all skin types, see here and here. It's often a sign of adrenal stress too. Progesterone can help resolve the problem, as it suppresses the excess oestrogen and it takes the strain off the adrenals. These make progesterone before they can convert it into cortisol, one of our stress hormones. Stress drops progesterone levels, thereby allowing oestrogen to dominate. IBS is often caused by mixing foods, ie eating carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes and bread, with protein. If you do this, please try to avoid it to see if this is your problem. Gut problems can be helped with progesterone, as it does calm us down, the gut too. I think one of your main problems is a lack of vitamin D. There's a severe deficiency in people living in the UK, where there's not enough sun to make sufficient. Plus we live mostly indoors now and cover up when in the sun, either with sunscreens or clothing. Vitamin D is essential for ovulation, as is progesterone. It's also essential for conception and the growth of the foetus too. Please have a 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. Continued below.

Apr 25, 2012
uteine fibroids, IBS, uexplained infertility Part 2
by: Wray

Hi Hajera Birmingham Hospital now send out test kits for £20, but ignore their 'adequate' level as it's far too low. You don't say how much progesterone you're using, I recommend 100-200mg/day or more, dependant on symptoms. We do have a page on Pregnancy you could look through, plus another on How to use progesterone cream. If you'd like to chat to someone in London, please contact Julienne via her website here. She can give advice on the progesterone and vitamin D. Take care Wray



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