Low Progesterone, No Period After Yaz
I started taking Yaz for acne when I was fourteen/fifteen. After a few months on the pill, my periods came on time, and were relatively moderate in flow. After two years, I started getting headaches on the second day of my period. Sometimes I would get this sharp pain on my right side by my pelvis. Six months towards the end of the time I took the pill, I started experiencing terrible mood swings. All of this and Yaz still didn't fix my acne--how's that for irony?
I went cold turkey a year ago after having endured three years of the pill and its unwelcome side effects. Not only did coming off the pill cause me to shed 300-500 strands of hair practically everyday for 4 months, I also haven't had a period since.
I went to the doctor recently. She didn't seem to think that my lack of a cycle had anything to do with stopping the pill. But I am certain that it does, as I have never had an issue with my cycle before contraceptives, and was getting them regularly right up until I stopped.
She ran some blood work and thyroid tests. I have no deficiencies or other issues, but my progesterone levels were lower than would be normal for a post-menopausal woman (alarming, considering I am only 19). My blood sugar was also low. When I asked her if the two could be related, she said no. But later, when I conducted my own research online, I found that low blood sugar is, in fact, a symptom of low progesterone.
I have been taking NOW Female Balance (a supplement with dong quai, wild yam, and several other hormonal balancing herbs) once a day. I also ordered a progesterone cream which I have been using twice daily for about two weeks. I use 1/4 tsp, which contains 22 mg of progesterone in the morning and the evening, so that's 44 mg each day.
I could swear that within the first few applications of the cream, I felt more focused, energetic, and content. However, I've been exploring this site, and I am now unsure as to how to use it properly.
Since I don't seem to be having a cycle, how many days consecutively should I use progesterone cream, and how many mg of progesterone should I get each day to get my cycle back?
Any help would be greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance!