Progesterone cream for dysfunctional uterine bleeding
I am a 51 yo female. For the past few years I have experienced small amounts of bleeding in between periods. A few months ago I began to bleed steady with some days of clotting. I've been bleeding non stop since then with exception to the following:
I went to a doctor for the issue about 5 weeks ago - she could not examine me due to the amount of blood present and sent me to the ER to "stop the bleeding".
After an internal US and lots of blood work and urine analysis (done with catheter for non contamination of the blood) - all was normal. The uterine lining was not thickened and had no abnormalities.
They gave me 10 days of 10 mg Medroxyprogesterone. Within 24 hrs the bleeding stopped completely.
When the pills ran out the bleeding started again. I went to natural progesterone cream as I do not want to use synthetics, would like to avoid surgery and understand the cream is the only over the counter product and one of the best ways of transport for the hormone into the body.
My problem is that I am not able to stop the bleeding with using 200 mg of the USP Progesterone cream per day. I seem to finally get reduced bleeding by the late afternoon, applying the cream throughout the day and at bedtime but by morning I'm bleeding heavier again and chasing it all day long with the cream.
I've read you might have to use as much as 500 mg per day and hourly if necessary to control symptoms, but at this point I'm pretty stressed out "chasing the bleeding" with the cream all day and understanding that Progesterone can also make you drowsy so I'm thinking I need a solution of time release and night time usage of progesterone. I don't think I can do what I'm doing now for an undetermined period of time until menopause.