Painful periods, ovarian cyst ruptures, painful bowel movements

by Zhanna
(Orlando, FL )

2 years ago I had my first ovarian cyst rupture. It was so painful. After that my periods became painful. I would get stabbing rectal pain that would have me grabbing the counter and breathing through it and bowel movements during my periods would feel like my ovaries were being clenched and twisted.

I went gluten free and omitted processed sugar. Nothing changed. 8 months later another cyst ruptured. Not as painful as the first but still frustrating. Then to my shock, 4 weeks later another one ruptured again and this one was the worst of all. I thought I was dying. It took me 2 days to recover. I decided to completely eliminate all grains and all sugar from diet. Within a few months, I noticed the pain reduced during my periods but still enough to frustrate and discourage. After 8 months of being on this diet, I went to see my primary. She did an ultrasound and said that I had another free fluid cyst on my left and hemorrhage cyst on my right. She did blood test for my thyroid and blood test for progesterone and estrogen. And a blood test for my sugar. All blood work came back in optimal range except for blood sugar which was close to pre-diabetes. Told me to take birth control to fix my painful periods. I refused. I am 36 yrs old, a mother of three girls with periods that were never painful before. And now I’m suffering for two years. I know that a saliva test is more accurate but my MD didn’t agree. So I want to see a naturopath.

My question is, if my hormones are in optimal range, why am I getting these cysts? My hair is thinning at the forehead and sides as well, it’s awful. Would progesterone cream help me if my progesterone levels are optimal? Would it help with my blood sugar levels because I know hormones and blood sugar are connected. I don’t want birth control. Diet isn’t fully improving my situation.

Some guidance would be appreciated.

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Apr 10, 2018
Painful periods, ovarian cyst ruptures, painful bowel movements
by: Joy

Hi Zhanna

Burst cysts can be painful, often a scan of the ovaries reveals PCOS, have you been tested for this? Painful periods could also mean that you have Endometriosis which would also explain your painful bowel movements. I am pleased that you refused birth control as that would just ramp up your estrogen levels which is not what you need. Excess estrogen can also cause cysts, it did in my case. You would benefit greatly by using progesterone cream. Between 100-200mg is needed. If adverse symptoms are severe, you may need to use more.

Often we are told that our test results are at optimal range, please read the Hormone Testing page for the correct ranges.

Do you know what you Vitamin D3 level is? A deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone. Optial range is between 70-100ng/mL and nothing less than 5,000iu's per day is needed, more if you are deficient. Magnesium is a co-factor and should be take as well.

Please read these pages if you have not done so already.
How to use Progesterone Cream
Estrogen Dominance
Ovarian Cysts
Hormone Testing

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