Five months with no period then a cycle? What gives?
I have had lots of problems in the past eight years including fibroids, excessive bleeding, etc., but have kept them under control through the use of vitex, DIM, and progesterone. I also supplement with Maca at 1,500mg/day. I guess I'm obsessed with getting my hormones balanced and preventing a return of my fibroids and bleeding until I get through menopause. Based on information from your site I decided to use a dose of 100mg of progesterone/day. Did this without a break and had what I thought was my last period in November as I went five months without. I was so excited because I thought I was finally heading for menopause. In January started experiencing mild flushing and some mild vaginal dryness which further convinced me I was pre-menopausal. I increased my dosage of Maca and the flushing and vaginal dryness stopped in April; however I started feeling like my body wanted to have a period. I continued with the progesterone until April 21 when I decided to take a break to see what would happen. Felt swollen and started spotting a thin, watery discharge of blood. Continued to feel swollen and uncomfortable with intermittent spotting until I started what I think was a period on May 5. It was not heavy, but met the definition of a period as I had to use tampons instead of just pantiliners. From my research I have learned that Maca can bring a balance of your estrogen, progesterone and testosterone that will not require additional hormonal supplementation. I have never read a discussion of Maca on your website and wonder what are your thoughts? I am just really confused about how much, if any, progesterone I should be using;especially if I'm using Maca. I know I need to get my hormone levels checked but can't afford the tests, so I have to go by how I feel and that's not always consistent. "Every" website I've checked has disagreed with your recommendation of such high doses of progesterone; particularly without a break. It really flies in the face of conventional thinking! For the past two weeks I have had bouts of extreme nausea and wonder if it is because I'm off the progesterone. I'm also weepy, headachy, extremely exhausted, discouraged, unmotivated, sore all over, and have gained weight. Should I just restart the progesterone and will I have side effects. What are your thoughts about the Maca. Am I taking too many supplements? I'm not on the vitex any more and have reduced the DIM to one pill/day. I have no quality of life right now and just want to feel good. I hope I've not confused you with my narrative, but if you need any more information I'll be happy to comply. Thanks for your help. Rhonda from Kentucky