Horrible Periods

by Melissa

I've been having horrible period problems since I was 12 years old, I am 26 now. I would always miss a week of school and vomit for three days straight. I was put on birth control when I was 13 and decided to stop last year because I didn't want to find out what it could have done to my body.

Well once I stopped, the horrible period pain came back. I vomit a day and bleed horribly. I also have heavy flooding in the mornings. I got a blood test for my hormones and was found to be low in progesterone. I have all the signs: hypoglycemia, heavy periods with clotting, acne, gas. I was put on Progesta Care in July of this year. I noticed the flow has been slightly lighter, but the cramps are still awful with vomiting. I just graduated college and I know when I get my first job I can't miss a week of school. Would diet and exercise help with the progesterone for my cramping? Also, for my problems, how much exactly should I be using? I was afraid to use it at first because I'm also on Lexapro, but Im trying very hard to wean off that too.

Thank you for any advice, it is really needed.

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Jan 02, 2011
Horrible Periods
by: Wray

Hi Melissa It always distresses me to hear of young girls suffering needlessly, and for want of nothing more than progesterone. Oestrogen is a known initiator of inflammation, it also causes nausea. The cramps are caused by prostaglandins, the same substance which causes the cramps of child birth. Progesterone suppresses these, it's not until progesterone levels drop at childbirth, that they can cause the uterine contractions of birth. The same principle applies just prior to bleeding, when progesterone levels drop. So it doesn't surprise me your test results showed low progesterone. I'm not sure how much progesterone you are using, but if it's the standard recommended amount of 20mg once or twice a day, this would explain why it's not working. I recommend 100-200mg/day, 5 to 10 times the amount. For more info see How to use progesterone cream. Diet does help, eat only organic if you can, and avoid all grains and legumes, as these contain phytoestrogens, and you don't need more oestrogen. For more info please see our page on Nutrition and Diet. Exercise also helps as it raises levels of serotonin, which helps depression. You might like to look at our page on Anxiety. Progesterone will not adversely affect the Lexapro, and the page above has a list of natural anti-depressants. Please have a vitamin D test done, as a low level causes depression. For more info see the Vitamin D council website and these papers here and
here. Take care Wray

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