My Hormone Rollercoaster
I have asked questions on and off for years and am back again. I am 33 years old and had a hysterectomy in July 2008 because of heavy bleeding and clotting, severe cramps, constant spotting, and probable adenomyosis. I kept my ovaries. After the surgery the doctor told me they found that I had adenomyosis and cervicitis. Prior to all of the problems, I had a 29 day "on the dot" cycle, with occasional severe cramping, clotting, and breast tenderness (mostly during puberty).
I started using Natpro years ago and had good results. In January 2012, I stopped using it because my doctor wanted to see where I was (she never fully agreed with my usage). In June she did some hormone tests and had them sent to me. My estrogens were normal, but on the low side of normal. My progesterone was low. My FSH and LH were high. My testosterone was on the low side of normal.
We got busy with the summer months and I didn't see her till last month. She prescribed Ortho Tri-cyclen Lo, much to my dismay, since she said I am having problems with my luteal phase. I obeyed her though and am just coming off the first month. I WILL NOT be taking another month. This last month has been hell. For two weeks my breasts were so tender and swollen that I went up two bra sizes! I have also gained seven pounds in one month! I'm 5'1" by the way, so seven pounds is a LOT for me. I had to take my wedding ring off because I am retaining so much water. My feet are also very swollen and I have loosened every pair of shoes that have shoestrings. The nightsweats are unbelievable. It is all calming down now, but slowly.
I was thinking about taking 100mg of Natpro per day (25mg in the morning, 75mg at night) for a consecutive 3 months. No breaks at all. I am hoping this will give me some kind of break and get me back to where I was (I wasn't fully recovered to begin with). I have taken doses as high as 400mg in the past, but they felt the same as 100mg. I have also read about Vitex for luteal phase problems. Do you recommend this? Additionally, since I no longer have periods per se, I have always had a hard time taking progesterone cream. They only way I know I am cycling is by the horrid symptoms since there is no longer blood. How should I take it if I don't know what day is day 1? I have always been confused about this, which is probably why after years of use, I was not getting the full benefits.