More than 2 years of wacky hormones

by Randi
(St. Louis, MO)

To make a long story short after 2 pregnancies I began experiencing menometrogghia. I allowed it to go on for more than 2 1/2 years before going to a reproductive endocrinologist to fix the problem but all he did was prescribe me provera and clomid because I was not ovulating. Even with the clomid I was not ovulating.

Six months after my first visit my husband lost his job and his insurance so we could not continue going to the reproductive endocrinologist. I began researching and found your site. For the last 5 months I have not ovulated but thanks to USP progesterone cream I have had regular cycles for the first time in more than 4 years. However, this month I have not ovulated and went off the cream on cycle day 26 (three days ago) and so far nothing has happened like the previous months with the NPC.

I am using about 160mg per day the last 14 days of my cycle. I have taken a pregnancy test but it was negative. Is it possible that I messed up this cycle and need to apply more? Should I wait it out and see? Normally by cycle day 26 I at least have some spotting and on cycle day 29 there's nothing at all to indicate my period is on the way.

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Jun 26, 2011
More than 2 years of wacky hormones
by: Wray

Hi Randi I'm pleased the progesterone has helped you thus far. Normally progesterone can upset the cycle when first using it, making it either early or late. But you say you've been using it for 5 months now. Have you been through more stress recently, as this upsets the cycle? An infecton can too. Stress stops ovulation, so no progesterone is made that month. Although you are using a good amount, quite possibly it's not enough to cause bleeding, in view of the fact you didn't make any. Progesterone suppresses MMP's, these enzymes break down the endometrial lining. It's only when progesterone levels drop that that the MMP's can get to work. I would ask you to increase the amount you're using in the next cycle. You might like to read this comment here from another user, as you'll see it can take some months before things settle down. You don't mention PCOS, was this ever checked for? Anovulation is a common problem, so are irregular cycles. Although you've had two pregnancies, it is a possibility. A lack of vitamin D causes anovulation, please have a test done. Many of us now have too low a level, and it's critical for normal ovarian function. For more info on testing etc, please see the Vitamin D Council and GrassrootsHealth websites. High oestrogen, testosterone, LH, FSH and low SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) can all cause anovulation. Were any of these checked? Please avoid all sugars, fructose, sucrose, glucose and those from starchy root veggies or fruits. In particular avoid all grains and legumes, these also convert rapidly to glucose. All sugars decrease SHBG, which then causes an increase in oestrogen and testosterone. Take care Wray

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