Can progesterone help with bladder issues?
Hi all, I would love some thoughts on my situation as I am clueless as to what is going on with me! My symptoms started about a year ago, 4 ish weeks after I had a pregnancy terminated at 7 weeks pregnant. It was a medical termination which unfortunately didn't work (was still showing pregnant 11 weeks after!). Long story short I had the tissue removed via a hysteroscopy but the weeing symptoms have never gone away. Prior to the termination I had never so much as had a UTI my whole life (am 40). Just never had bladder issues before.
My symptoms are frequency (every 45 mins or so) and urgency (feels like I am busting each time I go). No pain (thankfully). I have had pelvic scans, all the OAB meds, physiotherapy, oestrogen cream/going back on the pill, various courses of short and long term low dose antibiotics, a cystoscopy (which showed a completely healthy bladder which could be filled to 800ml!), a course of cystistat and now am on iAuril instillations. Nothing has worked. Also tried homeopathy, acupuncture etc.
Due to how the symptoms started (abnormally thick womb lining due to pregnancy tissue for so long and abnormally high hormones), I am convinced there is a hormonal link. Also my symptoms seem to improve ever so slightly mid cycle, perhaps when I am ovulating? Would this mean progesterone cream could help my symptoms? From mid cycle the symptoms worsen again. I also have bad anxiety, irritability and many other symptoms which Could show I am low in progesterone. The doc did prescribe me estrofen cream for my bladder problems but it didn't do anything.
I can hold it for up to 3 hours, just very uncomfortable and when I do go every time I only ever seem to wee about 100ml! Even when the instillation is put in (50ml) my bladder feels immediately full.
With no pain, a normal looking bladder, instillations targeting the bladder wall not doing anything leads me to think perhaps I don't have IC at all and its something affecting my bladder rather than my bladder itself. Am booked in for another cystoscopy on the 3rd Nov with distension. No idea what that will do.