Thanks Holly for sharing your experience with me! Thanks for your help!Sorry to hear your woes Joy. I've been there several times thru the last few years (mostly after I started transferring). Always had to go on BCPs to thwart cysts and keep my P4 down prior to cycle start. My ovaries aren't spring chickens anymore and even the lightest script of BCPs was completely shutting my system down (I mean hot flashes every 15 minutes for 4 weeks straight). So, I read up on natural hormones and although our cycles experience both E2 and P4 throughout the month they're more prevalent during certain times. Thus, a pill that contains both is somewhat counterproductive. New methodology on hormone replacement is actually addressing this very issue. There's some good reading out there to confirm this concept that E2 and P4 need to be administered at different times of the cycle in order to maintain healthy hormone balance.
That being said, I was able to fill my script of estradiol patches/dots (0.1mg) and used one patch every 3 days for a total of roughly 14-16 days. THEN, I switched over to PIO (progesterone in oil) shots. You'll have to get a script if you don't have one BUT THIS MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. It's similar to natural P4 in our bodies and is absorbed better. It's a pain in the butt (literally) but the 1 ml/night really helped. I also took 1 prometrium (similar protocol to post transfer) before bed. I tried the Prometrium by itself the previous month along with ethinyl estradiol cream to no avail.
At cycle start (roughly 4-5 weeks after using this regime) everything was great! AFC was back to where it was 3 years ago (8) and my hormones were all in check except FSH. It was 30 (highest on cycle start ever) but that was improvement from what I'm sure was near 70-100 weeks before. I had two follies already at 10 so it didn't take anytime for my FSH to come down. It was a transfer cycle so didn't retrieve anything on this go around but I sure could of without E2 suppression.