Interstitial cystitis and progesterone therapy.
About two years ago I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis. It took around seven years and six different urologists to finally be diagnosed with IC. Being able to be diagnosed gave me some sense of closure to my horrible symptoms but being told that there was no cure was, and has been, very disheartening.
After doing about a year of my own research I found a holistic MD who suggested oxygen therapy to the bladder and progesterone therapy replacement to help my symptoms. Finally a doctor that actually tested my hormones and I did have a big imbalance, in fact at the time I was producing zero progesterone.
This last month was the first time in over nine years that I have been pain free before my period, I believe the progesterone therapy is working, but I had a set back, I stopped the progesterone because I thought I had to give my body a break after my period started and a couple days later had one of the most horrible flareups I've ever had.
I am very confused on when and how to take the pill form of progesterone. I don't understand when I should take it during the month and when I should stop it during the month? My symptoms are horrendous the first week before my period. I have also been having flareup not before my period.
I want to try to stabilize myself. Is it too much to take progesterone everyday? Or should I take it the first couple days during my period then stop for 10 days? And how much should I take?
Sometimes I feel like I should take more for my symptoms to go away. But I stick to 50 to 150 ml. I need to get on a schedule and stick to it so I can see if it helps my symptoms. I feel like it might but I'm still in pain.
So confused, please help!!