Bleeding cycle heavy for 6 months when do stop taking Natural Progesterone cream?

by Pennielaynze
(White Mountains NH USA)

I won't go too deep into details as this is a long story..

I had hemmorage cycle bleeding happen 2 years ago as I bled/clotting/heavy bleeding to where i couldn't lay down to sleep it was awful for almost 4 months and was put on estrogen related drugs - Megace was one of the drugs I remember. I have bad reactions to everything given and was unable to take any of them so finally told the Dr. NO MORE when I had no relief and they were experimenting by giving me this and that with such BAD reactions.

They wanted to do ablation on me - have me take birth control pills which I couldn't take either I asked for a ultrasound as I wanted answers WHY AM I BLEEDING LIKE THIS as I have always had my cycles on time like clock work I had no endometrial issues.. The Dr couldn't get me in for months for an ultrasound and was told if I continued to bleed & it gets worse go to ER. Well I ended up in ER and an ultrasound was finally performed by my request to find I had a Fibroid. I picked up an over the counter Progesterone cream called Emerita 20mg and bleeding stopped.

I cycled normally for the next 2 years and quit taking the cream. Then...Recently this year it happened all again I began bleeding this year uncontrollably. With a different DR this time and a ultrasound to find I had that same fibroid in my Uterun wall and a Polyp and also a cyst on my right ovary all at the same time. After the removal of fibroid in my Uterun wall and a Polyp & D & C I was told that the cyst most likely will go away in time. After surgery I was told I should start my cycle normally and regulate. Well this never happened. I began bleeding 3 months ago and never stopped and it got heavier and heavier and back to no sleep and iron pills twice a day.

On a guess whim and desperate to stop bleeding I began what I could find at a local organic store near me. The NOW brand Progesterone cream w/lavendar 20 mg about 8 days ago I started this and I quit bleeding immediately Ahh relief finally but after reading and reading and reading..MY BIGGEST CONCERN IS "I need to know when to stop taking this cream" as I have been bleeding straight for 4 months.

I need to get my cycle back on track so I can order the saliva test and take it on the appropriate days and visit a Bioidentical dr as I want to make sure I am taking the right mg's. and confirms that I am peri-menopausal. Although I have been irritable, crabby, moodswingy, with this adrenaline crazy feeling of my head is going to explode any moment I assumed I am !! LOL Once I started taking the cream this craziness stopped..Weird right..Low progesterone I guess so.

Please help.

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Sep 06, 2011
Bleeding cycle heavy for 6 months when do stop taking Natural Progesterone cream?
by: Wray

Hi Pennielaynze I'm delighted you responded so quickly to the progesterone, it does stop heavy and/or continual bleeding. MMP's are enzymes that break down protein. They play a role in the breakdown of endometrial tissues at the end of the menstrual cycle. If they are over active, as would be the case with excess oestrogen in the body, as oestrogen stimulates their production, the result is a pathological reaction. A high level of MMP's can lead to inflammation and excessive bleeding in the uterus. If a low level of progesterone is present, and a high level of oestrogen, the lining will continue to grow. With a high level of MMP's the lining will also continue to break down. Progesterone suppresses both MMP's and oestrogen. I'm amazed such a low amount helped you, I've found it has to be around 400mg/day to stop the bleeding. I recommend 100-200mg/day for normal usage. I'm not sure of your age, but you do mention you might be in Peri-menopause. This is such a difficult time when cycles become so erratic they're impossible to follow. I always recommend using the cream daily and not taking a break. You might like to read this comment here. Saliva tests can only tell how much of any one hormone is in the system, they cannot tell how we're feeling. That to me is the most important thing, to listen to the body. The other problem I've found is the ratio between progesterone and oestrogen is rarely looked at, and this is the critical factor, not so much the level. From Saliva Tests we run, we've found the ratio should be 600:1 and over to feel well. The amount of progesterone to use is dependent on symptoms, the more severe they are the more is needed. A saliva test for progesterone should only be done ±7 days after ovulation or before bleeding. But if you want to find out if you're in P-M, your symptoms certainly suggest it, a test can be done at any time, as they check for FSH levels. If these are higher than normal, it indicates you are. If you do wish to increase the amount of progesterone you are using, please see our page on Oestrogen Dominance first, as this can occur. Take care Wray

Mar 11, 2017
by: Anonymous

When I first started Progesterone Cream years ago the health store lady told me to START around Day 13 and STOP on DAY 26, 13 days. I always miss my days so I start taking it on DAY 14 and STOP on DAY 28.
DAY 1 means the first day you start bleeding on your period. So about 12-14 days after you start your period you will START Progesterone, use it for 12-14 days and on DAY 28 of your cycle you should get your period.

Years later I stopped progesterone cream, however I started bleeding irregularly, meaning I started having prolonged periods for weeks, months after my normal heavy clotty period. This new bleeding is watery and no clots. It won't stop unless I apply Progesterone cream.

I don't want to use progesterone cream on a monthly basis so I would just use small amounts after 8 days of bleeding. I would just apply a low dosage for a few days and the bleeding would stop. Some months I didn't need Progesterone cream at all. I thought I was back to normal. Nope.

I started irregular bleeding again last cycle. I started my heavy period around Feb 9. (DAY 1) I bled for about 8-10 days and as that began to stop, into spotting, I developed the thin blood bleeding again. Ugh. That kept going on for weeks. So I started low doses of Progesterone cream around Feb 23 (DAY 15). Of bleeding, but it kept on. I had the flu so I missed some doses for several days. I started up again, increased doses. After several days the bleeding stopped, but I kept using Progesterone to ensure.

Well on Mar 8 (DAY 28) of my cycle I started spitting blood, because Day 28 of my cycle is actually DAY 1 of my next cycle. I kept applying the Progesterone because I don't want to have my period yet because I just had 3 weeks of bleeding plus 2 weeks in bed with the flu and I have a deadline to work on. If I let myself have my period it can mean more days in bed due to the EXTREME PAIN I GET WITH MY PERIOD DURING THE FIRST WEEK.


Stop using Progesterone Cream and allow my naturally scheduled period to begin?

Or can I cheat it and increase Progesterone and hopefully I won't bleed? But that's unnatural.

Any suggestions?

Mar 17, 2017
Thank you
by: Anonymous

I am not sure why I did not get this response until now but appreciate you getting back to me.

A change in diet helped me, I got rid of all the GMO products, anything with hormones in it of course. Every so often I cheat but I have to tell you it's like a big significant difference.

I finally did start bleeding, it was pretty scary because I went to the doctor and they wanted to do an ablation without even testing the results. That's when I decided to take my life into my own hands. The cream works but I stopped using it for the time being as once I stopped bleeding I stopped using it.

A healthy diet and using the cream helped me, I am now 48 and its 2017! I haven't had a relapse of this issue thank goodness.

I've also noticed that weight has a lot to do with it so if you're overweight you're going to experience a little bit more of an unhealthy hormonal imbalance so that's why diet is important.

I will keep this site for the future incase I do have any issues as I get older .

And thank you so much for responding, unfortunately I did not get the message of response until now it's 2017 ha ha ha ha...

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