Cyst Can Progesterone Cause Bleeding Cream

Natural progesterone can assist you by balancing your hormones and therefore reducing highly uncomfortable and life altering hormonal induced symptoms and complications.

Progesterone can also help you with issues that you may not even know you had! For example, did you know that natural progesterone can improve the quality of your hair? Or your skin?

This is entirely possible and in fact, very likely through the use of a progesterone cream like NatPro.

Progesterone supplementation will balance your body, leaving you feeling healthier and stronger than ever.

Progesterone creams like NatPro contain a hormone which is the same as the one found in the human body. When a woman goes though menopause, her hormone levels drop. This brings about the symptoms of menopause like moodiness, skin irritation and generally not feeling yourself.

It is important that you stick to the recommended dosage of progesterone to ensure that you receive the greatest benefits. There is no benefit in using higher than the maximum recommended dosage; in fact the benefits may even be reduced if you do this. It can even cause your body to become estrogen dominant again, which is the opposite of what you want to achieve when balancing your hormones.

Natural progesterone cream should only be used to balance your hormones after a doctor has confirmed that you are deficient. This can be achieved through saliva testing.

Progesterone cream replaces hormones through the skin (transdermally) and this ensures that it enters straight into your blood stream.

What else can progesterone cream do? It will assist in balancing your hormones which in effect can help with the following hormone related symptoms:

Irritability
Migraines and headaches
Low libido
Fatigue
Mood swings
Bloating
Fluid retention
Hot flushes
Sore joints
Vaginal dryness and itching
Bladder problems
Anxiety
Depression
Backache
Sore breasts

All of the above are symptoms of menopause, PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) or both. These problems generally occur due to estrogen dominance in the body. The goal of natural progesterone is to introduce more progesterone back into the system to create the balance that is needed to restore "regular" body patterns, as it is before menopause begins.

It is not only menopausal women who need progesterone. Other situations may require it as well.

Women are on estrogen replacement therapy may have a drop in progesterone which can be "topped up" with natural progesterone cream.

Women on birth control pills which have too much estrogen in them can also be at risk of estrogen dominance and lack of progesterone.

Women who have undergone a hysterectomy are also candidates for natural progesterone treatment as well as post menopausal women, particularly those who suffer from insulin resistance or who are overweight.

It is even thought that people who are over exposed to a substance found in the air called xenoestrogens may be estrogen dominant.

Most women use progesterone for around three months before feeling normal again and this is a good point of reference to go by once you start using a progesterone cream like NatPro.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Ovarian cyst diagnosis?
    I've been having pain in my lower right abdomen so I went to the doctors. He felt my stomach and told me that I've likely got an ovarian cyst as the pain is mild. That's all he said though, shouldn't I have been referred to a gynecologist for an ultrasound or something?

    • ANSWER:
      When I had one, it didn't hurt but I had breakthrough bleeding with my birth control. It was the size of a golf ball. They kept an eye on it and it got smaller on it's own. Well, I did some homeopathic stuff. I put a ht=eating pad on it every night for about half an hour. I asked for a stronger birth control pill, because weak ones can cause them. I used progesterone cream along with the pill and stopped the week o my period. I shrunk it to the size of a pea. They are very common and doctors usually don't act unless the pain is unbearable or it gets really big.

  2. QUESTION:
    progesterone cream and ttc?
    I am a little disturbed because I have normal 30-32 day cycles and my last period was december 28th. I was bleeding all the way up til two days ago. That is because I bought some all natural progesterone cream from the vitamin shoppe. it seems like that this is very affective. I have clock work periodsand this had never happened to me. on Jan 9th the ER discovered a very small ovarian cyst but I havent been having any pain or complications. I just dont know what to think at this point all I know is that the bleeding stopped when I began using the progesterone cream. will this help me get pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes ovarian cysts are both a cause and a result of high estrogen levels so taking progesterone helps to normalise this. However there is a dilemma here. You see, progesterone taken before ovulation will prevent ovulation so obviously you can't conceive. I don't know what your hormone levels are like but I'd say take it until you're expecting your next period then come off. You'll get a withdrawal bleed, your cyst hopefully will be gone and if you then wish to take it after ovulation you can.

  3. QUESTION:
    progesterone cream for endometriosis?
    what is your experience with using progesterone cream to help reduce endometriosis/period pain? please let me know if it helped you.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't have endometriosis. I have used progesterone cream very sucessfully to stop break-through menstrual bleeding during menopause. It is a fast-acting & powerful way to supplement this hormone.

      Endometriosis may possibly be caused by excess estrogen. (Scientists are still arguing about that.) If so, progesterone may help. Also would suggest Vitex herb, a hormone balancer. Especially helpful in cases where cramps and acne and mood swings are involved. Red Root has reduced or even eliminated cysts of breast & uterus, which may be related. These herbs won't hurt you and are certainly worth trying. (Don't take Red Root if you think you might be pregnant.)

  4. QUESTION:
    Does a hormome imbalance cause bleeding and clots while I am nursing? Doc thinks I have a cyst also- HELP!?
    I have been bleeding for 2 1/2 weeks now. The first week was like a normal period, blood colors changing from brown to red to brown and finished. From the next day till now I'm having red heavy bleeding with clots daily. Some clots are large, most small. I am breastfeeding my 8 month old. She's my 3rd breastfed child. I've never had these types of problems before. The doc I saw said she felt a fullness in my uterus, which she thinks is a cyst. I'm waiting to hear back from the results of my pap smear, which will still be a week to 10 days. I asked to have my blood drawn for anemia and to check my thyroid levels. Both of those results were normal. I was also tested for pregnancy to see if might be having a miscarriage, but that was also negative. the type of treatment I am doing is natural. Prenatal Vitamins, B-Complex, Magnesium, Red Raspberry, Evening Primrose Oil and Vit C. I will be starting a natural progerstone cream tomorrow to regulate my hormones...HELP!! Please!!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is possible that a hormone imbalance like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (just using this as an example) can cause bleeding to occur making it act a lot like a period but isn't.

      I would recommend a consultation with an endocrinologist (a doctor that diagnoses and treats diseases and disorders that relate to hormones such as the thyroid-an example only) as well to see what they say depending on how the progesterone cream does.

  5. QUESTION:
    Period question....part two.?
    I have researched and read they give you birth control pills to regulate your cycle because of cysts, but my cysts became bigger and more painful while on birth control. I was on Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, a low dose of hormones. Would they try to put me on a stronger pill? I have been on many brands and they all have too many hormones for my body. Anyone know what I can do without birth control? (I prefer to stay abstinent.)
    I would rather find an alternative solution, than use birth control and prevent myself from conceiving when the time is right. I would rather stay more "natural" with my hormones.
    I have an appt. with my gyno on Oct. 3

    • ANSWER:
      Of course your cysts grew - they are driven and fed by estrogen! You are feeding them MORE estrogen with birth control pills. :(

      Tell your doctor that you want to look at natural methods, not synthetic. Or find a new doctor.

      This maked me hoppin' mad. Doctors (sorry - MOST doctors) don't have about hormones. They get about 24 hours of menopause training in med school, and then think that the way to treat every female issue is with synthetic estrogen. Wrong wrong wrong!! I have been "researching" for only a year, and I know much more than they do!!

      Please do some research.
      Dr John Lee pioneered Estrogen Dominance studies. http://www.johnleemd.com

      As for cutting out the birth control - YES!
      You should supplement with natural progesterone cream.

      By Dr. John Lee, MD
      Www.johnleemd.com

      Ovarian cysts are products of failed or disordered ovulation.
      As I have described earlier, one or more ovarian follicles is
      developed monthly by the effects of follicle-stimulating hormone
      (FSH). Luteinizing hormone (LH) promotes actual ovulation and the transformation of the follicle (after ovulation) into the corpus
      luteum, which produces progesterone. During a young woman s early years of menstruating, ovulation may coincide with a small amount of bleeding where the follicle has ruptured to release the egg.
      This can cause abdominal pain, often with a slight fever, at the
      time of ovulation (in the middle days between periods) and is
      commonly called MITTELSCHMERZ (German for "middle" and "pain").
      Treatment might consist only of some ibuprofen, reassurance, rest and perhaps a warm pack. It is unlikely to recur and portends no future problems.

      Later in life, usually after their midthirties, women sometimes
      develop an ovarian cyst that may not cause any symptoms, or it may cause pelvic pain ranging from mild to severe. The cyst may simply collapse and disappear after a month or two, or it may persist and increase in size and discomfort during succeeding months. Such cysts are caused by a failed ovulation in which, for reason presently unknown, the ovulation did not proceed to completion. With each succeeding month s surge of LH, the cyst swells and stretches the surface membrane, causing pain and possible bleeding at the site.
      Some cysts may become as large as a golf ball or lemon before
      discovery. Treatment may require surgery. (Removing the ovary along with the cyst used to be the standard procedure, but I recommend asking your surgeon to leave the ovary intact if at all possible.)

      An alternative treatment for ovarian cysts is natural progesterone. The signaling mechanism that shuts off ovulation in one ovary each cycle is the production of progesterone in the other. If sufficient natural progesterone is supplemented prior to ovulation, LH levels are inhibited and both ovaries think the other one has ovulated, so regular ovulation does not occur. (This is the same effect as contraceptive pills.) Similarly, the high estriol and progesterone levels throughout pregnancy successfully inhibit ovarian activity for nine months. Therefore, adding natural progesterone from day 10 to day 26 of the cycle suppresses LH and it s luteinizing effects. Thus the ovarian cyst will not be stimulated and, in the passage of one or two such monthly cycles, will very likely shrink and disappear without further treatment.

      This is from the book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About
      Menopause" by Dr. John R. Lee. He is a foremost authority in
      treating women with Natural Progesterone for so many things.
      So much of what a woman suffers is from hormone imbalance and nothing else. There are xenoestrogens in plastics, canned goods and even in water. (Synthetic estrogens) The effect is that
      women s body attacked on a hormonal level.

  6. QUESTION:
    I have a bevy of health problems, mostly Neurological, however recently I have been having heavy bleeding and?
    irregular period. So, I went to my OB, and she said she thought I had Fibroid Cysts, however every time I try to find information on it, it just leads to hysterectomy.
    Does anyone have any knowledge of this condition ie, symptoms, causes, I am having an ultrasound next week, what will that entail, and finally, should it turn out to be what she thinks it is, is the course of action a hysterectomy? It's ok, b/c I don't think I could adequately care for a baby being disabled. However, I am in the dark on this one. If you can help I would sincerely appreciate it.
    thanks to you,
    Sorry, I don't think I made that clear....I am disabled b/c I have damage to my rt frontal lobe of my brain and also broken facets in my neck from C1-C4 and cyrvical dystonia, not from this condition that I just found out about. I know that you do not become disabled from a hysterectomy.
    Thanks for leading me to clarify

    • ANSWER:
      edit: oops sorry I'm not sure who was in the wrong, it's better it's cleared up though. I have deleted my comment now as it's useless.

      But fibroids don't need to be removed at all. It depends what and how much trouble they are causing. You can also just get the fibroids removed. Why a complete hysterectomy?

      Try this site? http://www.womens-health.co.uk/submucosal.html

      Or this? Which says to eat Noni Fruit to help inflammation?
      http://www.choose-health.com/cyst.html

      I thought there was a treatment where they lasered a layer of something off, which lightened or stopped periods, but I must be thinking of another condition. Endometrial ablation I think it is called?

      http://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4ACAW_enGB308GB308&q=endometrial+ablation+for+fibroids

      Here is a quick link about endometrial ablation with fibroids (I don't know how good it is, just throwing it out for you) http://www.heavybleeding.com/uterine_fibroids_and_ablation.htm

      Ultrasounds: They don't hurt. They will put jelly on your stomach like with a pregnancy, just to look in your abdomen. They might hurt if you needed a trans-vaginal or pelvic ultrasound but I don't know enough about this to know what kind you would be getting. It's one of those things that are described as "very uncomfortable but not painful" by people who've had one.

      (Sorry for the length but I also found this if you are interested. Dont know if this is just people trying to sell a product or not:)

      "Prolonged use of natural progesterone has been proven to shrink the fibroids completely.
      Estrogen stimulates their growth and lack of estrogen causes them to atrophy (shrink)"

      "As estrogen levels tend to increase prior to the onset of menopause, this may cause the size of many fibroids to increase. This may cause an increase in symptoms as well. During menopause, the levels of estrogen decrease 40 to 60 percent, causing fibroids to shrink.
      This is also the reason why if sufficient natural PROGESTERONE CREAM is placed in the body, the uterine fibroids will generally decrease in size, will reduce most hormone imbalance symptoms and they can be kept from growing until menopause after which they will atrophy. "
      (and someone saying) "I'm confused about progesterone. One the one hand, natural progesterone cream is supposed to be good for fibroids, on the basis that it balances an excess of estrogen that seems to cause them to grow. On the other hand, RU-486 shrinks fibroids, and that's a progesterone inhibitor! "

      -- Neither progesterone cream nor RU-486 has, at this point in time, been proven to resolutely shrink fibroids. The information we have on use of progesterone cream is truly theoretical and not well-founded in science. It seems to help some women and make others' situations worse.

      --The use of progesterone to treat women with uterine fibroids is hotly debated. One side holds that fibroids are created by lack of progesterone. The other side makes, to my mind, the better case: that progesterone increases fibroids. Evidence? Fibroids increase in size during pregnancy, when progesterone production is high, and atrophy after menopause, when progesterone levels decrease.
      -- Major advances have been made in surgical treatments for women with fibroids. There are many options now besides hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), including hysteroscopic resection, uterine embolization, myomectomy, and suprecervical hysterectomy. Since these are fairly new procedures, take the time to find a surgeon who is skilled in the procedure.)

  7. QUESTION:
    Low progesterone what does it really mean?
    I had a prog day 21 test when I was 20, and it came back 0.6. The next month it was 1.6... That was back when I was overweight, I am now 8/9 stone and a healthy bmi. I'm 23 and thinking about the inevitable and starting a family.

    I don't know what my progest levels are now, but does low progest on day 21 really mean you didn't ovulate, or does it mean that you did ovulate - but your levels are too low to sustain a pregnancy?

    I have very reg normal periods all other hormone tests come back normal inc fsh test etc and I have had a hsg and my tubes aren't blocked and my womb is fine no obnormalities. I go through the normal cycle and even feel ovulation halfway through my cycle. I have a few cysts and low prog which im guessing is a nuisense but nothing too hard to get past.

    I'm going to try the prog cream in the hope that I AM ovulating and the prog will sustain my levels to a normal level to maintain a preg. BUT what puts me off is If the low prog levels mean in general people with low progesterone don't ovulate then I don't see the point in the cream as there wouldnt be no fertilised egg to maintain in the first place?

    Can someone explain this to me?

    • ANSWER:
      Y don't u consult ur doctor and seek help telling that u r ttc. She would do a follicular study and see if u ovulate and prescribe drugs like clomid which helps you. Mean while know this

      Understanding your progesterone levels
      The level of progesterone varies with the menstrual cycle, and is responsible for most of the changes experienced by women during a month. Right after ovulation, the corpus luteum in the ovary starts releasing progesterone. The high level of progesterone causes the increase in temperature experienced by women after ovulation. If the egg is not fertilized, the corpus luteum dies, and progesterone levels drop. As a consequence, the lining of the uterus starts to bleed and is eliminated through menstruation.

      What happens when progesterone levels are low
      When the progesterone levels are low, the lining of the uterus might not be well prepared for the implantation to take place. Even if the implantation occurs, low levels of progesterone might make it hard for the pregnancy to develop, so the chances of miscarriage is high.

      Symptoms of low progesterone levels
      If you have problems conceiving, there are many possible causes for your infertility. Low progesterone levels have different symptoms, but, many times, they are common to those of other medical conditions. Some of the symptoms of low progesterone are appetite changes, depression, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, weight changes, fatigue, irregular menstruation, headaches, low sex drive, painful intercourse, vaginal dryness, polycystic ovarian syndrome, lack of concentration and insomnia. Most of the times, women do not suspect low progesterone levels until they encounter infertility issues. Testing remains the most accurate way of diagnosing low progesterone levels.

      Causes of low progesterone
      The causes of low progesterone levels are not well known, but some specialists hint to the fact that poor nutrition, stress and lack of exercise might play a role. Some medications might also reduce progesterone levels, causing fertility problems.

      How to treat low progesterone levels
      Fortunately, there are many treatments for progesterone disorders, the most common being progesterone creams, gels, vaginal suppositories or shots. The treatment is applied right after ovulation, so that progesterone levels rise to normal and facilitate the preparation of the uterine lining for pregnancy. Women with progesterone disorders undergo treatment until they get pregnant and for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, although there are cases when progesterone treatment is continued for the whole duration of pregnancy.

  8. QUESTION:
    what are some home meds or remedies that can help please answer?
    ok i have a cyst my ovary i think what i heard and it get pretty bad cramping on my period and i need to know is there any home remedies that can help make it go away or better and also i am trying to have a baby with my boyfriend what is some things like to eat or whatever to keep me healthy and everything to conceive anything will help thanks no negative feedback

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely check into Estrogen Dominance - http://www.womhoo.com and http://www.johnleemd.com/store/estrogen_dom.html

      Estrogen dominance is directly linked to ovarian cysts. Dr. Eckhart (at womhoo address) is very well versed in this.

      You will want to address this before becoming pregnant. The best thing to take is Natural progesterone - USP progesterone is the ingredient to look for. Don't be fooled by Wild Yam creams. Wild Yam is what natural progesterone is derived from, but in its Wild Yam form it is not effective.

      Both sites above sell USP Progesterone creams, I prefer the first site's brand - Progestelle as it has absolutely no additives but progesterone and coconut oil (descented). Once you get your hormones in balance, the cysts should disappear as well as the pain. Other symptoms will also diminish. Dr. Eckhart says to allow 3 months for clinical improvement.

      If you are estrogen dominant, which causes the cysts, you also will have a hard time maintaining a pregnancy if you can get pregnant. Estrogen says "bleed" and progesterone says "don't bleed" so the two in balance regulate your monthly cycle. Your body should product much more progesterone when pregnant to help you carry the baby to term. If you are already estrogen dominant, that could be a problem.

      Most docs don't really understand this, but Dr.s Lee and Eckhart have some great research and info about it. If you do see a doctor, ask them for a hormone test, preferably a saliva test as it is much more reliable. You can get the test yourself and take it, send it back and get the results. http://www.salivatest.com The link is also on Dr. Lee's site above - ZRT Labs.

      Good luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    Did early ovulation cause pregnancy?
    My period was Feb17, heavier than normal and lasted for a little bit longer than normal. I thought we were in the safe zone 6 days into my cycle so husband and I didn't bother using protection. Day 7 I stopped bleeding entirely. On day 8 I had ovulation type CM, clear, very stretchy, and lots of it, but it was streaked with a little bit of red blood. Also on day 8 I woke up with a horrible headache, nausea, uterine cramping, backache, extreme fatigue, and hot flashes. I thought maybe this was a symptom of too much estrogen so I've been using progesterone cream since day 8. Day 11 in my cycle I had twinges of pain in my lower right abdomen, I'm thinking ovulation or ovarian cysts? Then day 12 I have twinges of pain in my lower left abdomen! Today is day 13 and I feel awful!! I have a headache, nausea, uterine cramping, backache, extreme fatigue, sore breasts, and hot flashes. Have been using Progesterone cream faithfully since day 8 (Feb 24). According to an ovulation calendar, I m supposed to be ovulating in 2 days but I don t have any ovulation type cervical mucus at all. Took a pregnancy test today and it came out negative.

    My questions are these:
    1. Does anybody know why I would stop bleeding after a period then have ovulation type cervical mucus with a tiny bit of blood, headache, nausea, sore breasts, cramping, and backache a day later?

    2. Why am I having all the same symptoms today but no ovulation cervical mucus if I'm supposed to be ovulating in 2 days?

    3. Did I ovulate early, is that why I felt horrible a day after my period? Why do I feel so horrible right now?!

    • ANSWER:
      Just a big NO madame. All or any of those symptoms were post period symptoms which is very normal sometimes and all this could be because of the heavy weird period you just had. That little spot of blood in the mucus is old blood from last period that didn't actually flow out all. Literally speaking you haven't yet ovulated . There was no need for that test. You are just at around 2weeks after your period implying ovulation is around the corner. So the earlier you relax, for ovulation to happen and time sex for pregnancy the better for you now. Keep checking for the EWCM or you could miss it or even do temping and testing with OPK. Relax, you are beginning to stress which we all know isn't needed at moment.bABY DUST TO YOU!!!

  10. QUESTION:
    I have been reading alot about "natural hormones" versus "bio-identical hormones. Anyone have experience here?
    The "regular " hormones so many of us are taking supposedly relieve your symptoms, but don't replace your lost hormones. "Bio-identical" hormones supposedly do. This is supposed to help you in amazing ways with ageing and all types of health problems that happen as we age. In theory, we don't have to accept all these ageing problems if we use "bio-identical" hormone treatment. Does anyone have any information on this?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know much. I know I tested low on progesterone, and it was causing DUB (dysfunctional uterine bleeding). I used wild yam cream, because the wild yam (from South America) contains natural progesterone.

      I do know that a lot of hormonal problems stem from overproduction of the hormone insulin. I highly suggest every woman become informed on how high insulin (hyperinsulinemia) affects the feminine hormones, because of the effects on fertility, ovarian cysts, and PMS, and all this is in addition to it being the precursor to diabetes and other blood sugar imbalances.

      For basic information on blood sugar imbalances, check out www. hufa. org.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of PCOS?
    Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    • ANSWER:
      It's true that PCOS can't be completely gone unless you undergo a hysterectomy. HOWEVER, there are ways to shrink your cysts and make things a lot better.

      From what I've read, PCOS is caused by excess estrogen in the body. The body undergoes what is called "estrogen dominance." You stop ovulating and can have irregular periods, heavy bleeding, and painful menses.

      Estrogen dominance can be caused by a number of things. First, pesticides, hormones from meat, and chemicals in household and personal products are hormone disrupters. Many chemicals mimic estrogen, and even though they're at low levels, the combination and culmination of everything around you adds synthetic estrogen mimicers to your body. Many times these chemicals enter the body and stay there. They clog up the hormone receptors in your body, not allowing it to accept it's own hormones (the hormones that make you ovulate).

      There are a number of things you can do to limit your chemical exposure to estrogen hormone distrupters.

      1. Switch to a 100% certified organic diet (Expensive, I know, but you'll eat less and it will even out). When I made the switch, I lost 10 pounds without even trying. I also was able to kick a terrible sugar addiction. Many people with PCOS have a tendency to have this "sweet tooth" because of the hormone imbalance. Switch to organic, and in a few months it will be gone. You'll lose weight as well, and that will help with the excess estrogen problem, becaue fat cells produce estrogen.

      2. Go in your medicine cabinet and throw out everything. Deodorant, Shampoo, lotions. Everything. Every one of these things contain many hormone disruptors. "But they're in such a small amount," the manufacturers say. They may be in small amounts, but day after day after day of using many products with small amounts of these chemicals adds up to estrogen dominance. Some of the the chemicals you should watch out for are Propelyne Glycol, anything ending in "paraben" and phalates. Among many. Use a 100% natural shampoo--Aubrey Organics makes a good one. Deodorant is a big one. The best thing that I've found is a salt "rock." They're made out of mineral salts and work just as well as any anti-perspirant. They're about and will last for a really really long time. You can find them at your local health food store.

      3. Take an herb called Milk Thistle. Milk Thistle supports the liver, and helps your liver get rid of all the polluting synthetic estrogen mimicers.

      After cleansing your body for a couple months, begin using a natural progesterone cream. (Make sure the lotion doesn't contain any of the above mentioned chemicals) I started using cream and it worked wonders. I'm now menstruating regularly and I feel great. You can find it for under at your local health food store. After a few months, you may not even need to take it, for you may begin to ovulate on your own.

      I hope this is helpful. Good luck--and trust me...I feel your pain!

  12. QUESTION:
    PCOS and Endometriosis....?
    How would I know if I had either of these. I started my period when I was 13 and they have always been very irregular. I have between 3-6 periods per year. At the age of 21 I started taking BC pills in college to regulate my periods so when they did come it was bearable and so I would know when they were coming. I went off the pill 5 months ago at the age of 24. I had a period after my last pill and then one more 4 months later- that one lasted for 25 days. :/ I just finished that looooong period and I am meeting with a menstrual specialist next week. My mother had endometriosis, so I am wondering if I am at risk for that. Since being off BC in Sept I have been TTC, but never got a positive surge on an ovulation kit. Could I have endometriosis or PCOS? If so, how to they know and how do they test for it. Is it curable...? My mom's endometriosis was cured with a hysterectomy. What questions do I ask the doctor next week? Do you think there is any chance I could ever get pregnant?

    Thanks Everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. Irregular periods do not necessarily mean you have Endo or PCOS, although that would be a first indication following other symptoms. Your periods are just a 'cleanse', so you do not NEED to have regular periods to become pregnant. It is just easier, as having a regular cycle it's easier to know when you are ovulating. As opposed to having an irregular cycle, you will have no idea when to test with an OPK, meaning you might not be getting a positive surge because you could be testing at the wrong time! So there is no need to rule out fertility issues YET. You are young, and they say it does take healthy couples up to 1 year to conceive. Since you are having very long cycles, it is good that you are getting looked at :) But don't get discouraged, some women just DO have long periods, and irregular cycles once stopping birth control pills.

      I had irregular periods when I was younger too. I was also diagnosed with a mild case of Endo and ovarian cysts, which made my periods unbearable without the help of BCP. My Endo is so mild that they say it will not effect my fertility. So my doctor put my on bc pills for 7 years, and last fall I finally stopped taking them to TTC. My periods DO come, but they aren't as regular as I'd like. And the flow lasts anywhere between 1-2 weeks. My doctor said it could take awhile for my body to get back on it's normal track. Since you are older now and it's been awhile since you've had a normal cycle, your body might be trying to do the same thing, it is a long process for some women.

      Symptoms of Endo would be painful periods, pelvic pain, and pain during intercourse. Treatment options vary depending on how extreme your case is. There are hormonal treatments such as Danazol (it reduces the extra amounts of estrogen) Lupron & Progesterone creams and tablets. And for extreme cases, there is surgery. Your doctor may order a Laparoscopy. It is commonly used to treat and diagnose Endo. To perform a Laparoscopy a small incision is made, usually about inch, right underneath the naval. A very small telescope-like instrument is then inserted. and is attached to a light source which illuminates the pelvic and abdominal cavity. The physician can then look directly inside the cavity. During this procedure any Endometrial growths can be removed. In extreme cases (like your mothers) some women do need complete hysterectomy, as it is their only option once it gets so bad.

      Symptoms of PCOS would be few or no menstrual periods, heavy and irregular vaginal bleeding, extreme hair loss from the scalp, and hair growth on the face/chest/back/stomach/thumbs/toes. Acne, or oily skin. (all caused by high androgen levels) Depression & mood swings, weight gain, repeated miscarriages, inability to become pregnant, chronic pelvic pain, patches of dark skin, breathing problems, and high blood pressure. The most common symptoms doctors look for in diagnosing PCOS is the weight gain, upper body obesity, menstrual problems, and male-type hair growth. PCOS can be treated with anti-androgen medications, and metaformin. Weight loss, change in diet can also help.

      You will probably have a transvaginal ultrasound, so they can look a little closer at your ovaries and your uterus, looking for any scar tissue (endo) or irregular cysts (pcos). And your doctor may give you a pelvic exam and order some blood tests also. There are treatments, so there is a possibility that you CAN get pregnant, yes, especially if you do have a mild case of either one. You'll just have to discuss everything with your doctor :) You haven't been diagnosed with anything yet, so don't get too stressed out! Just calm down, relax, and wait to see what your doctor says next week. Who knows, everything might be fine, you might just need a fine-tuning of your hormone levels.

      I hope this information helps you hun, best of luck with everything! :)

  13. QUESTION:
    If I take medicine to fix my hormones will my facial hair go away?
    I have facial hair and in order to get rid of it with laser, I did some blood tests to check my hormones levels. They came up high and the doctor said that they will not go away....I don't know what to do...

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have polycistic ovarian disorder?
      Are your testosterone levels elevated?

      Having elevated levels of testosterone is a significant sign of PCOS, Facial and body hair is also a sign of PCOS..

      Here are some symptoms of PCOS just incase you do not know.
      infrequent menstrual periods, no menstrual periods, and/or irregular bleeding
      infertility (not able to get pregnant) because of not ovulating
      increased hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toes a condition called hirsutism (HER-suh-tiz-um)
      ovarian cysts
      acne, oily skin, or dandruff
      weight gain or obesity, usually carrying extra weight around the waist
      insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes
      high cholesterol
      high blood pressure
      male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
      patches of thickened and dark brown or black skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs
      skin tags, or tiny excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area
      pelvic pain
      anxiety or depression due to appearance and/or infertility
      sleep apnea excessive snoring and times when breathing stops while asleep

      If you have any of these symptoms bring up PCOS to your doctor if you have yet to be diagnosed and talk to your doctor about metformin...
      Metformin is a pharmaceutical drug often prescribed for women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). It is an insulin-sensitizing biguanide commonly used to treat elevated blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 Diabetes. Metformin is used as an off-label prescription for PCOS. This means that it was originally used only for individuals with Type 2 Diabetes but is now prescribed for PCOS patients because it has similar actions in both groups.

      Many women with PCOS are insulin resistant. With this condition, the ability of cells to respond to the action of insulin in transporting glucose (sugar) from the blood stream into muscle and tissue is greatly diminished. Metformin improves the cell s response to insulin, and helps move glucose into the cell. As a result, your body will not be required to make as much insulin.
      PCOS and it s symptoms of hyperandrogenism (acne, hirsutism, alopecia), reproductive disorders (irregular menses, anovulation, infertility, polycystic ovaries), and metabolic disturbances (weight gain) have been linked to hyperinsulinemia and Insulin Resistance. Therefore, it makes sense to address the hyperinsulinemia and Insulin Resistance caused by this condition.
      Metformin improves hirsutism((facial and body hair)), induce ovulation and normalize menstrual cycles.

      Or you can talk to your doctor about Birth Control......For women who don't want to become pregnant, birth control pills can control menstrual cycles, reduce male hormone levels, and help to clear acne. However, the menstrual cycle will become abnormal again if the pill is stopped. Women may also think about taking a pill that only has progesterone, like Provera, to control the menstrual cycle and reduce the risk of endometrial cancer. ( polycystic ovary syndrome puts women at risk for other health problems) But progesterone alone does not help reduce acne and hair growth.

      Medicine for increased hair growth or extra male hormones. Medicines called anti-androgens may reduce hair growth and clear acne. Spironolactone (Aldactone), first used to treat high blood pressure, has been shown to reduce the impact of male hormones on hair growth in women. Finasteride (Propecia), a medicine taken by men for hair loss, has the same effect. Anti-androgens often are combined with oral contraceptives.
      Vaniqa cream also reduces facial hair in some women. Other treatments such as laser hair removal or electrolysis work well at getting rid of hair in some women. A woman with PCOS can also take hormonal treatment to keep new hair from growing.

      I hope i helped!

  14. QUESTION:
    Am I pregnant? If I am how many weeks would I be?
    Well, I ritually take my BBT, check my cervix, and muscus everyday (Doctors orders). And I have to write down EVERYTHING I do (Exercise, Calories, any pain, bleeding, spotting)...... My OB/GYN has me take natural progestrone cream after I OV, so if im prego, It will help the pregnancy, and if not I will have a period.

    Anyhow, On July 14th, 2009 I had 2 chocolate cysts removed near my ovaries & a D&C. The cysts were making me hemmorage. I hemorraged for 1.5 months (until surgery). And I found out the cysts were caused from 100mg of Clomid (stupid fertility doctors). My OB/GYN had the lining of my uterus (which was thick) sent to the lab & the results were I DID NOT have Endometriosis. (((YAHOOO)))

    Anyhow, I typically have low BBT (due to my hypothyroidism), and my BBT after surgery went down to (96.40), and slowly came back up 2 weeks later (98.20). Well, I healed quickly from surgery, and my husband got ahold of me while I was ovulating (JULY 30, 2009). LMAO!!!!! And Well, a week later after OV, I started spotting light brown, then pink (total of 3 days), I felt fatigued, breasts sensitive, headache. And I had to see my OB/GYN (JULY 12th, 2009) for the follow-up from the surgery, we did a preg test, which was (-), and no pelvic exam. ***Was that too early to test??? And the symptoms continued (breasts sensitive, nipple area got darker, nausea on and off, constipation, and BBT 97.90 to 98.00*and it has stayed up continually like that). 6 days later on (JULY 18th, 2009) I had to see my PCP- for my monthly thyroid check. I took a urine preg test in the office, it read (-).
    Still no period...... Aug 29/30th, Sept 10th, I felt like a stretching sensation above my pubic bone. It feels hard above my pubic bone, (before and after peeing/pooping). I Have gained some weight (Im a size 15/16, but carry my weight really well). And I work out alot.

    Im wanting to know, based on the information, Am I pregnant? was the preg test a false negative? Could it have been to early to test?

    Just wondering cause last year in August 2008 I got pregnant, and ended in a miscarriage November 2008. So my husband and I want a child, but kinda gave up trying, cause we didnt want our hearts broken again.

    And I know that some women have low progesterone levels in pregnancy, (apparently, I was one of them last year), and that can affect the prego tests.

    Overall, I feel pregnant, and I have some symptoms, and the hardness is above my pubic bone, and still no period.

    • ANSWER:
      You should definately take a home pregnancy test. It will be accurate.

  15. QUESTION:
    has this ever happened to anyone?
    thank you in advance for taking the time to read my question.a few months back i was getting positive hpt's but when i went to the doctor my blood levels were 0,i was so confused but moved on to trying again,then again last month i was getting positive hpt's when i went to doctor again hcg level o.i felt so stupid,then exactly 3 weeks later( last sat night) i was having severe stomach cramps as i've had a previous ectopic (jan 08) i took a pregnancy test and positive but according to ff was only 5 dpo so i thought i must have ovulated sooner after last month,i booked an app with doctor for yesterday and from last sat until yesterday hpt's all positive,but yesterday morning you could barely see the line,i felt so stupid again and cancelled the app.my friend then bought me a clear blue digital and to my surprise it read pregnant,but normal mid stream are now barely visable,i rang doctores back and have an app for blood this morning,i asked him if it could be cysts,or cancer, as i've read so much online about this which h replied no,i'm so confused,so if these have been chemical pregnancy's,do yu think this one is failing also even tho clear blue is registering pregnant. thank you
    update got blood results back they were at number 11, have to do follow up on monday,

    • ANSWER:
      Chemical pregnancies are unfortunately very common. 50 to 60% of first pregnancies end in miscarriage, very early in pregnancy. Most occur without the woman even knowing that she was pregnant. Most chemical pregnancies cannot be prevented. If you have recurring chemical pregnancies, your doctor should be able to investigate and help you formulate a treatment which is best for you. Potential treatments include vitamin B6 (at least 50mg a day), progesterone cream, and baby aspirin. Be sure to discuss potential treatments with your doctor. If infection is the cause, antibiotics prescribed by your doctor can help.

      Are you experiencing any bleeding? Usually when it's a chemical pregnancy, you'll bleed. If you're not, then just relax, go to the doctor and have the blood test. If a chemical pregnancy has happened again, then discuss with your doctor about formulating a treatment plan to help stop this for you.

      I'm so sorry that you've had to go through all of this! It must be a terrible experience for you and your significant other!


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