Am I Understanding this Correctly?
I have read through the site as much as possible, and I want to make sure I am understanding what my next steps should be.
I am 36 years old, estrogen dominant. My periods have always been 6 days and a little heavy, but manageable, and fairly consistent with 32-35 day cycles. ... until last year.
I had my second child in January 2015. Sadly, she died during birth due to a cord accident. Since resuming my cycle, my periods have been extremely heavy and up to 8 days long. My cycles had shortened to 26-28 days, but then suddenly this month I had a 13 day cycle.
I have been taking a yam progesterone at about 100 mg/day on days 14-28. But I never could take it this cycle because I never got a day 14.
Also, about a year ago, I had open abdominal surgery to remove two giant-sized ovarian teratomas (dermoid cysts). I know this didn't help matters at all.
Needless to say, the past year has been a very difficult one, and I know stress depletes progesterone and increases estrogen. With the extreme stress/grief/trauma I have been experiencing, its very possible that my issues could be attributed to stress and estrogen dominance. Or it could possibly be peri-menopause.
I need to get this under control, as we would like to have another child, and of course, I don't want to live with my periods dominating my life.
So, after reading the site, it looks like I should take 400-500 mg *daily* for the next 2-3 months until symptoms subside.
But what do I do after symptoms subside? Should I gradually lower the dose but continue to take it daily? Or should I go back to cycling it -- and if so, do I cycle it at the 400-500 mg amount, or a lower amount?
Thank you in advance for your help!