Progesterone causing polymenorrhea?

I've been on progesterone cream due to self-diagnosed estrogen-dominance systems (inability to lose weight, acne, fatigue, insomnia, etc).

I had been to numerous doctors prior to this step but they all told me that my hormones were "within the normal range" and that my issues were not hormone related. Anyways, I originally started out with a low 20 mg cream, and eventually upped it to a 100 mg cream (taking twice a day, so 200 mg).

It has been causing my period to come early (I'm in my late 30s and not in perimenopause per the docs) so per the forums I have been taking it daily in the hopes that progesterone eventually becomes the dominant hormone and my cycle evens out. Well, it hasn't. I've been on 200 mg daily for almost 5 months and I've been getting my period just about every 17 days.

I don't know what to do - stop the cream? Lower the dose?

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Sep 13, 2018
Progesterone causing polymenorrhea?
by: Joy

Peri-Menopause starts at around 35 and it can be a terrible time. The monthly cycle tends to become erratic. There is nothing that can change the natural process of the body. You are using enough progesterone and although you have been using progesterone for 5 months it could be that you need to give it more time and perhaps your cycle will return to normal. Please read How to use Progesterone Cream and Estrogen Dominance. You can compare your test results to those shown on the Hormone testing page.

Have you been tested for PCOS as acne and weight gain are symptoms. It can also affect the cycle.

Vitamin D3 is very important as a deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone, optimal range is between 70-100ng/mL. Nothing less than 5,000iu's is needed daily. Co-factors are needed when taking D3, magnesium and vitamin K2 with no soy are the important ones. See The Vitmain D Council.

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