I'm really confused

by Pat

I'm 53 and I'm pretty sure menopause is underway. I was having a regular period until 4 months ago. One was very late, the next was pretty regular.

I started on progesterone using it every day since I am in that peri-menopause stage. The next month I stopped using the progesterone on the "on and off day method" and I began to bleed like never before. Heavy, heavy bleeding, clots and very bright red blood. I tried not to be nervous since I had read these symptoms before but this went on for 2 weeks.

I started back on my progesterone doses and it let up the next day and by day 3 had stopped completely. Now its been 3 weeks and no period at all. I don't know if that's good or bad? I have had migraines for 10 years 2 days prior to my period starting and then no migraines until the next month... same routine over and over. That's why I decided to try the progesterone. This month I still had the migraine and a little cramping but no period has started yet. I'm afraid to stop the progesterone fearing the same heavy bleeding might return. I don't know if my periods are trying to fizzle out all together or if I may still be ovulating... I'm really confused.

If this sounds familiar to anyone, I could use some advice, I haven't gone to a gyn. yet. Thanks.

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Apr 03, 2010
I'm really confused
by: Wray

Hi Pat. Peri-menopause is a very confusing time! You might like to read more about it here.

I came across progesterone about half way through, 4 years before I hit menopause at 51. My periods were regular at that point but my symptoms were awful. So I used progesterone daily, as stopping it caused symptoms to come back again, something I could do without! Progesterone does stop heavy bleeding, but you are also in that very erratic time when they come and go as they wish. So there's no telling if they will come again or not, but as you haven't had one for 3 weeks, one could be due soon, if it's on time of course. I would suggest using it daily as it's far too difficult to follow any cycle now. Progesterone does help migraines, evidently you're not using enough, the amount should be between 100-200mg/day to have any real benefit. As you've found progesterone does stop bleeding, so if it should occur again but heavily, just more immediately. As you're almost in menopause you might like to read more about it here. Take care, Wray

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