Long, irregular, periods and progesterone cream

by Ann

I am a 43 yo woman and my periods are doing some odd things. From the time I got my period till I was about 34 I had really heavy periods cycles that were always late (35-45 days) and extremely painful. I saw docs and they all patted my head and tried to get me to go on BC which I didn't want to do. When I turned 34 the pain miraculously went away and my periods cycles got shorter (22 - 30ish days) and were still very heavy, if not even worse.

Now to fast forward to about a year or so ago. I started have sweats and really light periods. like 2 days long. Heavy at first and slowing down by the end of the 1st day or sometimes being just light all the way through. I also had terrible spotting before my period for days etc.. I saw my ND and she eventually said lets try progesterone cream. I am seeing her for Lyme disease as well and thyroid issues. I am currently taking 50 to 75 mg of compounded progesterone cream and was told to take it cont. with no breaks, which I did for about 4 months. Then I started to follow the taking 10 or so days off around my cycle.

Up to that point I felt great! My chin hair had slowed down i growth and my hair stopped shedding. I even lost some weight. I am not sure if the weight loss is from the cream or being ill, though. It seems once I took a break all hell broke loose and I have no idea if its just perimenopause starting up or if its the progesterone cream use. So I took a break off it for my cycle and then the next cycle went totally rogue on me. It was 13 days late and heavy for the first few days then tapered off but kept going, bright red but slow for about 18 days. i had one day in there around day 15 where it starting flowing fast and I had something rather large (sorry for the TMI) and clot like come out of me.

The next cycle after that was 17 days late and I am on it now. It should be done now but its not. Bright red again and on day 3 really scary heavy for about 2 hours then it slowed down again. This really not normal for me and because of how long the period was before this and with my trying to follow a 28 day cycle I really haven't used the cream for about 2 cycles now. My point is going off progesterone did not help the issue so I don't think its the cream. I haven't had the cream for about 2 cycles now because they have been so damn long.

Everywhere I read on the net scares me because they make me feel I threw my hormones off by using the darn cream in the first place but part of me isn't buying into that.

What do any of you ladies think? I could use some solid grounded advice here. I see my ND next week and I guess I better make an appt with my GP so I can get some tests done. This prolonged bleeds scare me, some.

Thank you for your time,

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Mar 26, 2019
by: Anonymous

Hi. All I can think to say is same, same, same, same. You pretty much covered what I would say about my own period except I'm older than you (55), and I don't have medical insurance, so I don't have a regular doctor. I had a gyn. exam and pap smear 3 months ago at the health clinic and was told everything is normal. I was even spotting when I went for the exam but was told that with the new kind of pap tests, that's okay.

Like you, I'm paranoid I caused my problems by beginning progesterone cream a few years ago (for night sweats). Before then my period came and went like clockwork. However, from what I've read, menorrhagia is not an uncommon problem, especially in women near menopause. However, I've only personally known one woman with this problem; she had fibroids and chose a hysterectomy. I've been single for seven years and just when I thought I might be ready to date I get a neverending period!

BTW, the cream got rid of my night sweats until the prolonged bleeding and clotting began. Now they're back. I also have daytime hot flushes even though I have increased the cream. I order my progesterone cream online and have been using the commonly recommended small amount for two weeks each month until recently when I increased the amount and began using it daily based on advice from this site. The cramps have all but gone away but the bleeding won't stop.

I'm starting a new job soon and hope to be able to afford some of the recommended supplements, but there's no way I can afford to use the massive amount of the cream recommended here. Also, as I said earlier, a part of me is wondering if I made a mistake using it, to begin with.

Best of luck to all of you going through this.

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