Shortened cycle

by Gabi


My cycles have been long - about 35-40 days. I suffer form endometriosis and PCOS, low progesterone levels.
My health advisor told me to use progesterone cream twice daily (2x20mg) starting on the 12th day of my cycle and continuing for the next two weeks.
The first time and now, the second time, the situation is like this - I use the cream for nine days and I get my period (presumably it's a period...normally my bleeding is very scanty with clots and it lasts for about 2-3 days). So now, my cycle is 20 days. I guess this is too short.
What should I do? Follow the procedure or make changes - but what kind of changes?
Any suggestions?

Best Regards,

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Jul 02, 2018
Shortened cycle
by: Joy

Hi Gabi

You are not using enough progesterone, between 100-200mg is needed. If you have a 35 days cycle then the cream should be used on day 21. As you suffer from Endometriosis and PCOS I suggest that you use the cream every day until a regular cycle returns. Once this happens you can use the cream by following your cycle. Progesterone should be used during the luteal phase. This starts from ovulation until bleeding. It is always, in all women, 12-14 days long. Please read How to use Progesterone Cream for more information. Your body will take time to adjust, progesterone therapy is not an overnight fix, it does take time.

A vitamin D3 deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone, please make sure that your level is between 70-100ng/mL. Co-factors need to be taken when taking D3, magnesium and vitamin K2 are the important ones.

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