DUB - how long does progesterone take to work?
After almost two decades of excessive uterine bleeding, I finally went to see a doctor. She put me on Norethindrone (progesterone), 5mg, to be taken once a day every day until the bleeding stops. It's been nearly a month now and the bleeding still hasn't stopped. It's not as heavy and doesn't have the clots it did before, but it's more constant than before.
Before taking the pill, my period would be extremely heavy with large clots for several days, then would lighten up for a few days before bleeding heavily again. It would only very rarely completely stop and even then, I would have clear discharge. When it did stop, it would only stop for 2-3 days before I would start spotting again, but most of the time, it would just die down to light pink spotting.
Anyway, the bleeding is now a constant steady moderate flow instead of the variation described above. I've heard that progesterone can take up to two months to make the bleeding stop, but it's very frustrating. When I went to see the doctor, I really expected this to start working more immediately.
I should also note that when I first saw her on November 22nd, I started taking the pill - at the time, I was only having the clear discharge, not bleeding. I took the pill for about a week because I was under the impression it was something I would be taking all the time - I called the doctor to confirm, but she told me I should stop taking the pill as soon as the bleeding stopped. So because I hadn't been bleeding at the time, I stopped taking it. The day I stopped, I started spotting and the next day, I had a very heavy period with large clots again. The doctor told me to start taking it again if the bleeding was excessive or lasted longer than normal (4-7 days). So after about 6 days of heavy bleeding, I started taking it again per her instructions. I'm not sure if that screwed up something or what.
Also, the cramps have been horrendous - I had cramps in the past, but not like these. These are strong cramps that last all day and worsen when I move around or do any kind of activity. I also would occasionally have a very sharp almost contraction-like cramp followed by a small clot or heavier flow of blood. I'm not sure if this is related to the progesterone or not, but it's not something I was experiencing before taking the pill. That sharp contraction has lessened now, but the cramps are still very unpleasant. Aleve only helps if I take three - initially, even three didn't do anything and nothing else helped.
Very frustrated about this - I just want the bleeding to stop and I'm afraid that if I stop the progesterone when it does stop, that it will just start up again and I'll have to go through this all over again.
Does anyone have any experiences with this?