PCOS and not sure if I'm using Natpro right ...
Hi Wray -
My name is Kari. First, thank you so much for providing this site and using your valuable time to provide all of this information to people like me :)
I have been suffering from PCOS symptoms since nearly since puberty (I am 28 now). When I was young, my family doctor brushed it off as being "not that bad" and assured me that it would "work itself out" and so I never had any treatment for the disorder. Since graduating college at 22, I have not had health insurance, and just as well, since the medical community seems to prescribe lots of drugs and chemicals, none of which I will take. But, as such, I have not had any tests done. I have no idea what any of my levels are and never received an official PCOS diagnosis - however, I am about 45 lbs overweight - despite any efforts otherwise, and have been for a long time - most of my weight is around my mid section and tummy, I have terrible cravings if I eat even the slightest bit badly, excess body hair (face, chest, etc) and was without a period for most of my twenties. Two years ago, I went through a series of energy healing sessions that concentrated on my ovaries and reproductive system - since then, I have had a period, though I would still skip months. This past December, I bled for 45 days straight. That had never happened to me before, and so I searched for answers. I was able to get the bleeding to slow significantly (it was EXTREMELY heavy) by taking cod liver oil, and soon after, found your site.
When I got my first order of Natpro, I stopped bleeding within two days of taking it, though I quickly discovered that my dosage was too low (I was so moody and immediately put on a bunch of water weight after the first week of using it). I upped my dosage according to the chart you provide on the site and used 1 - 1.5 tsp per day in two doses. (I use a range because I haven't been diligent about measuring exactly...). For the first month, I used the cream for 30 days without stopping. On the higher dosage, I did not bleed at all. In the second month, I used it for a week and then, when I noticed some spotting, stopped and "gave" myself a period. It lasted for 7 days, I counted the first day of bleeding as "one" and counted from there. I started progesterone again on the 12th day and used it until the 27th day. At the end of the 27th day, I noticed spotting, stopped, and had a second period that lasted for 5 days. This is now my fourth month of using natpro - this month the spotting came about a week earlier than the previous three (on the 21st day instead of the end of the 27th) and I bled for 4 days.
My questions are ---- should I treat this shift as my body "adjusting"? The first three months are the ONLY months in my ENTIRE life that I have had a "normal" period experience -- when the spotting started on the 21st day, I stopped the natpro and counted that as day 1 - should I have increased my dosage and held out for the 27th day, or was I right to stop? Should I be concerned that my periods seem to be progressively shortening? Is that normal?
I currently eat a vegan diet, as low as possible in processed and refined foods, take 5,000 ius of vitamin D, along with cinnamon, inositol, vitamin B and Biotin, and chromium & magnesium. I have not gotten the amino acids listed on the pcos page yet, I am saving up $ to be able to find and get them, but hope to do so soon!
Am I on the right track? I would love to lost the excess weight (I am encouraged by some of the other posts saying that some of the weight issues were resolved after the 6th month), and am getting married this fall and would love to be able to get pregnant ...