Progesterone cream for estrogen dominance-related hair loss
I'm 46 and underwent a supracervical hysterectomy (kept cervix and ovaries) for several large uterine fibroids and adenomyosis, two months ago. The surgeon also found endometriosis and cysts on my fallopian tubes, which he removed. They found the fibroids one year ago by accident, after doing an MRI for back pain. I tried treating the fibroids naturally, but they only grew and my monthly bleeding got worse, to the point I was missing work each month. My doctor put me on tranexamic acid so I wouldn't hemorrhage the last three months before the hysterectomy.
In addition, for three years I have suffered with extreme hair loss. You can now see my scalp all along my hairline; my part is also thinning. If I was estrogen dominant (ED) before the fibroid diagnosis (proven with saliva and blood tests), doesn't it make sense I would still be after the surgery, and this could be the continued cause of my hair loss? My surgeon says no. He says that by removing the fibroids, that should solve the ED issue. I don't believe him. I have most likely been ED all of my life as I have suffered from debilitating periods since I was 13. Almost two months after surgery, I continue to have severe hair loss, which I know could be, in part, due to anesthesia and the stress of surgery. Even so, I can't help but think I'm still ED.
I'm 5'6", 120 pounds, eat a clean and organic diet (mostly gluten and dairy free), don't smoke, drink little caffeine and alcohol, and exercise frequently (walking and yoga). I am a happy and positive person. Besides the hair loss, which is my main complaint, I also have dry and aging skin, cracked heels, insomnia (fall asleep but can't stay asleep after about 2 a.m.), brittle nails, and low blood sugar. I also have low ferritin, 21, which was only 7 before starting iron supplements three months ago. I also have low iron saturation. I'm sure the iron issue is due to years of heavy periods.
To make things more complicated, more than 15 years ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Ten years ago I took myself off all thyroid meds and have been able to control my thyroid symptoms and TPO antibodies, for the most part, with a gluten-free diet and supplements like selenium, zinc, iron, Vitamins B and D, turmeric, and magnesium.
My question is: Would it be appropriate to use progesterone cream all month for a few months then taper to two weeks a month, during the second half of my cycle, once symptoms subside? I'm still ovulating and my periods since surgery have come at exactly 28 days, as they have my entire life.