by Jenny

I am 52 years old and am in perimenopause. My periods are unpredictable and sometimes so heavy I think I am going to bleed to death. My doctor put me on 100 mg of oral progesterone (taking the pills day 12-26). The first month, it worked perfectly. I am now on my second round of progesterone and today(day 18 of the cycle) I started bleeding. Am i supposed to stop taking it and then start on day 12 again? My doctor is away until Monday. The nurse told me to stop taking the progesterone and call the doctor on Monday. Is she correct?

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Sep 22, 2012
by: Wray

Hi Jenny It's the unpredictable nature of Peri-menopause which causes me to think differently to conventional wisdom. It's impossible to follow a cycle, so I always suggest using it daily, through any bleeding. If you do try to follow the bleeding pattern, you will always be short of progesterone. Heavy bleeding requires 400mg/day or more of progesterone, plus at least 2000mg/day NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), and vitamin D. We have more info on our Menstruation page. Oral progesterone is mostly destroyed by the gut and liver, leaving little to help, see here. In fact oral progesterone is the least effective Delivery system. We have more info on our page about How to use progesterone cream. You might like to look through these comments here and here. Please have a vitamin D test done, it's a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory. Your uterus is now inflamed, the progesterone and NAC should help, but large amounts of antioxidants are needed too. Take care Wray

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