16 years old and hormones entirely out of balance!

I started my period at age 14. My periods weren't regular but as time went on they started becoming more regular. Until about a year ago. All of a sudden I started spotting and it wouldn't stop. After about 8 weeks of continuous spotting I went to a gynecologist and she prescribed me 10 days of Provera. The spotting stopped and after stopping the Provera, I had a period. But the day after I was supposed to ovulate, I started spotting again. Meaning that I didn't ovulate, again. The spotting continued for 8 weeks and the gynecologist sent me home with the advice to wait it out and if I couldn't take it anymore, take the Provera again. So after a few weeks, I decided to start the Provera again. The exact same story as before happened.

Then I decided to try and "heal" myself. I went ahead and bought progesterone cream and Vitex. I use 20 mg of progesterone twice daily and have been using it for 18 days now. After about 5 days, the spotting turned into a light period and after 8 days of that period the bleeding stopped. I have now been "spotting free" for two days which hasn't happened in a long time. I have also been using Vitex for 7 days now and I am hoping I will ovulate soon.

Someone else suggested to me, to use the cream for 21 days and then stay off it for 7 days. When I stop after 21 days what might or will happen? If I start bleeding as in a period, should I start the cream again after 7 or 12 days? Should I wait to see if I ovulate? And what if no bleeding occurs? When should I pick up the progesterone cream again?

Hopefully someone can help me on this journey of balancing my hormones!

Thank you so much for reading and possibly commenting!

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Sep 08, 2017
Hormones out of balance
by: Kate

I'm sorry you have to go through this so young! I went through the opposite at your age...No periods for months at a time. I would use the search bar to hear other womens stories that are much like yours.

If you decided to follow your cycle when using progesterone cream (you can find more instructions on that in the search bar) I would up the progesterone to at least 60 or 80. I have taken much higher levels than that and it has taken a year to barely even raise my progesterone. Don't forget you may feel worse before better (progesterone stimulates your estrogen receptors) if the only symptom you are having is continual spotting, then I would also take NAC it completely saved me from the spotting that wouldn't stop. I would also enter that in the search bar, lots of info on it.

One other thing I would suggest is to find an MD who is also a naturalpath or who actually knows what they are doing. Ideally you should of had your estrogen and progesterone and testosterone levels all tested. I've had gynos completely refuse to run those hormone levels if you can believe it, and when they finally did my progesterone levels were post menopausal level!!! (I'm only 29!!) But you HAVE to have at least estrogen and progesterone tested. I would bet good money you don't have very much progesterone. Stick to your Guns and don't let them dissuade you!!! You need to know the ratio between the two!!

Good luck. Hopefully that wasn't too much of a ramble.

Sep 09, 2017
16 years old and hormones entirely out of balance!
by: Joy

You are so young to be experiencing problems and you would be correct in saying that your hormones are out of balance. Please read the Menstrual Cycle page mentioned below. Provera is dreadful and I advise not to use it further. The Contraceptives page will explain much more, read the side effects of Provera, very scary. Provera is usually prescribed for secondary amenorrhea and abnormal uterine bleeding due to hormonal imbalances. A good natural progesterone cream such as Natpro will help to balances things for you without all the side effects. You will continue to experience problems if you continue using Provera. Progesterone therapy is not an over night fix, it takes time and patience, it must be used correctly otherwise it will not work.

I am afraid that you are using progesterone incorrectly. Nothing less than 100mg is needed per day, in your case I would advise 200mg of a good natural progesterone cream such as Natpro. Many creams are not strong enough or they contain parabens and or chemicals, not what any women needs. Vitex is estrogenic, I suggest that you stop taking it as you are already suffering from Estrogen Dominance. You will find a slight improvement at first, but because the incorrect amount of progesterone is being used, things will get worse as you are using just enough to aggravate your estrogen receptors and will more than likely make your adverse symptoms worse.

How can you possibly use progesterone as this 'someone' advised you? You do not know when you are ovulating, that is misguided information. You should use the cream every day with NO breaks until your cycle regulates and your periods become regular. Once they are regular, then and only then can progesterone be used by following your cycle. In other words, it should only be used from ovulation, for the last 14 days of the cycle. You have no idea when you ovulate, that is silly advice.

I do not know what cream that you are using or the concentration of it, but I suggest using 200mg per day from now. If the concentration does not equate to that of Natpro's you will probably have to use more. This is something that you will have to experiment with, but to use it as you are will create problems for you as already explained.

What is your Vitamin D3 level? A deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone, it is also vital that co-factors are taken.

Please read the following pages and the references as they will help you to use progesterone cream correctly:

How to use Progesterone Cream -

Estrogen Dominance -

Vitamin D3 -

Magnesium –

Contraceptives –

Menstrual Cycle -

Vitex -

Sep 13, 2017
by: Author of this article

Wow, that was a lot to take in. I am quite confused on what to do now since I had just thought of a plan for myself and it has been shaken up again.

Right now I am on the second day of my 7-day break and I was actually going to wait for 14 days to try and establish a cycle. What am I supposed to do now? Since I have just gone off the progesterone cream.

I am taking Vitex to actually promote ovulation if I would ovulate these problems wouldn't be occurring, so I am quite hesitant to stop that already.

Are your suggestions to up my doses to at least a 100 mg? I am not sure if I'll be able to do that. And then continuously take it? I don't understand how my periods would regulate if I am constantly taking progesterone.

I am really desperate for this to clear up since I have been dealing with it for almost a year and it is constantly on my mind.

Thank you!

Sep 14, 2017
by: Joy

Yes it is a lot to take in, but the pages that I gave you to read explain what is needed and how progesteorne therapy works.

When first using progesterone it is best to use it for 2-6 months every day, so that the body can adjust. During this time your monthly periods will assert itself when it is ready to do so, it doesn't take long for this to happen, if used correctly. Between 100-200mg progesterone is needed. The how to use page explains all of this.

I have explained the reasons why I do not agree with vitex however, that is your choice.

If you have been trying to clear this up for a year now without success, then you need to change what you are doing.

Hope this helps, but those pages given to you, they will help you.

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