Crazy periods--am I doing this wrong?

by Nicol
(Eagle Mountain, UT)

After researching progesterone, I was determined that I had an estrogen dominance.

A little background. I'm 35 years old, mother of 3 children. I was diagnosed several years ago with PCOS--although a mild case. My cycles are typically 60 to 90 days long. I have infertility issues as well as adult acne (never had it as a teenager), facial hair, and thinning head hair.

I also suffer with muscle weakness, joint pain, horrible weight gain after my last pregnancy, fatigue, and foggy brain. I have periods of depression or simple lack of motivation.

I started progesterone back in October and was taking a pretty high dose. Once I started it, my period started. It was day 67 so I figured that it was time. I kept taking the progesterone throughout the period--twice daily.

On day 14 I had another period. I'm thinking--okay, my body is doing something...this is good. I kept using the progesterone.

14 days later, I spotted but not an actual period. I can handle this.

Cycled again on day 37--good, I'm starting to become normal. I started to take the progesterone starting on day 14 after this point.

Take progesterone on day 14 and later that day I start another period. I'm thinking this is a fluke. I go through the period and on the next day 14 I start progesterone and once again I start a period.

I will note that because of long cycles, I have had doctors give me synthetic progesterone after day 90 to start a period. The say to take the 7 pills, one each day, and a week or so later I should start a period. It's never been that way. I take 1 or 2 pills and the next day I'll start. It's almost as if my body needs it to start a period.

Do I need to go back to taking it every day and not just day 14 on? Or have I completely messed myself up?

I'd like to conceive again, so this has been a little frustrating.

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Jan 01, 2016
Adrenal fatigue?
by: Helene

Hi Nicol,

I'm not an expert, but if I was in your situation I would quit the synthetic progesterone and only use the natural progesterone - why use both?

Your symptoms of fatigue, joint pain, weight gain and so on makes me think, that you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue. I would encourage you to read about this - and also go very natural when it comes to food. Sleep a lot! Avoid stress. And give it a year or so to get in balance.

Best wishes,

Jan 01, 2016
Progesterone amount
by: Nicol

I forgot to add how many mg of progesterone I was taking. About 160-200mg per day.

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