Amenorrhoea in Young Adult?
by Esme Jay
My name is Esme and I am 18 years old.
Almost three years ago, I stopped menstruating. It started when I went on a diet and lost weight, but I am perfectly healthy in terms of diet and weight now and my doctor doesn't think either of these things effected my menstrual loss, other than to trigger it initially.
All of my bloods came back normal when I was tested - save for slightly low oestrogen an ZERO LEVEL PROGESTERONE (still oestrogen dominance, though, right?). My progesterone was so low that they couldn't actually perform the tests properly!
Because of this, it is now believed that my period's stopping may be due to various stresses and traumas I have been exposed to over the past few years. It's hard to explain, but I am under constant stress and have been for a really long time. I have Asperger's syndrome, and I also suffered two emotional traumas that have been incredibly difficult to survive with.
Anyway, that's kind of beside the point. The real point is that my progesterone levels are so, so, so, so freaking low that I haven't had a period for nearly three years. Ouch. I feel pretty moody a lot of the time, too, probably due to this.
I started using 200mg progesterone cream a few months ago, and five days into taking it, I had
some pinkish spotting. I was so happy! A few days after that, I started bleeding, but being as stupid as I am, I continued taking the progesterone and so the bleeding stopped. I could kick myself in the jaw for this.
I haven't had any bleeding since, despite taking 400mg of the cream every 14 days - during my supposed luteal phase. However, nothing. I am at a loss.
I am actually very frightened, because I am so young and I can't go on this way forever. Luckily I don't want children, so that doesn't bother me, but I'm a bit of a health freak and being healthy is super important to me. Especially as I work so hard to keep fit, well and nourished. I have no idea what to do. I feel dry, totally dry and empty. I don't even feel like a human being anymore. I just want to cry.
Could somebody help me, please? My doctor doesn't seem to know what to do, either, and I can't afford to see any expensive specialists like endocrinologists or gynaecologists. It's just me with my progesterone cream, trying to find a way out.
These are my questions:
1. How much should I take in milligrams?
2. Should I take it all the time, not just during my nonexistent luteal phase?
3. Will it cause weight gain, and if so, how can I prevent this?
4. Will gradually withdrawing it cause weight gain, and again, if so, how can I prevent it?
If you have read down this far, then thank you so, so much for your patience and kindness and I really hope you know something about this that could shed light on this horrible situation. That would be really wonderful.
All the best,