Nature’s Magic Bullet for the problems of Menopause
PROGESTERONE is the mother hormone from which all hormones are made, including oestrogen.Natural, bio-identical progesterone is the exact match to the progesterone your body manufactures and allows the body’s innate intelligence to manufacture exactly what hormones it needs. It is a non-invasive, natural way of dealing with imbalances that are caused primarily by our toxic environment with its hormone disrupting chemicals, and is a wonderful treatment to apply from peri-menopause through menopause and beyond. Oestrogen should always be in balance with its antagonist, progesterone, which is secreted in large amounts during ovulation.When ovulation ceases (peri-menopause) so do progesterone secretions. This results in serious “oestrogen dominance” with its symptoms of bloating, weight gain, high blood pressure, mood swings, allergies, low libido, migraines and memory problems.
Here are some examples of how progesterone helps restore the balance:
- It is a wonderful diuretic, helping to reduce oestrogen dominant weight gain and normalising blood pressure due to fluid retention.
- It improves thyroid function.
- It helps prevent osteoporosis. While oestrogen prevents bone breakdown, progesterone actually promotes bone rebuilding by stimulating the osteoblasts, the cells that create bone.
- Progesterone concentrations in the brain are up to 20 times higher than in the blood, so it has a soothing effect.
- It decreases migraines caused by excessive oestrogen.
- It promotes sleep
- It helps with with memory loss due to low hormone levels.
- It improves libido
This therapy is a far safer, natural alternative to synthetic HRT. It does not just treat symptoms but gets to the underlying cause of the problems and brings the body back to balance promoting healing in all areas..
with thanks to Sally Longden
Q: What is progesterone?
A: Progesterone is a steroid hormone made by the corpus luteum of the ovary at ovulation, and in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands. Progesterone is manufactured in the body from the steroid hormone pregnenolone, and is a precursor to most of the other steroid hormones.
Q: Why do women need progesterone?
A: Progesterone is needed by menopausal women for many reasons, but one of its most important roles is to balance or oppose the effects of oestrogen. Unopposed oestrogen creates a strong risk for breast and reproductive cancers. Progesterone also stimulates bone-building and thus helps protect against osteoporosis.
Q: What is bio-identical progesterone made from?
A: The bio-identical progesterone used for hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) comes from plant fats and oils, usually a substance called diosgenin which is extracted from a very specific type of wild yam that grows in Mexico, or from soybeans. In the laboratory diosgenin is chemically synthesised into real human progesterone.
Q: How long before the benefits are felt?
A: The recommended course is at least 3 months, as this is how long it takes to bring your body into hormonal balance.
Q: Why not just use the progestins (HRT) as prescribed by most doctors?
A: Bio-identical progesterone is preferable to the synthetic progestins, because it is natural to the body and has no undesirable side effects when used as directed. If you have any doubts about how different progesterone is from the progestins, remember that the placenta produces 300-400 mg of progesterone daily during the last few months of pregnancy, so we know that such levels are safe for the developing baby. But progestins, even at fractions of this dose, can cause birth defects, and many other side effects, including partial loss of vision, breast cancer in test dogs, an increased risk of strokes, fluid retention, migraine headaches, asthma, cardiac irregularities and depression.
Q: What is oestrogen dominance?
A: Oestrogen dominance occurs when the normal balance of oestrogen to progesterone is changed by excess oestrogen or inadequate progesterone. Oestrogen is a potent and potentially dangerous hormone when not balanced by adequate progesterone. Women who have suffered from PMS and menopausal hormone imbalances, will recognise the hallmark symptoms of oestrogen dominance: weight gain, bloating, mood swings, irritability, tender breasts, headaches, fatigue, depression, hypoglycaemia, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and fibrocystic breasts. Oestrogen dominance is known to cause and/or contribute to cancer of the breast, ovary, endometrium (uterus).
Q: Why would a premenopausal woman need progesterone cream?
A: In the ten to fifteen years before menopause, many women have anovulatory cycles (when no egg is released by the ovary) in which they make enough oestrogen to create menstruation, but not enough progesterone, thus setting the stage for oestrogen dominance. Using progesterone cream during anovulatory months can help prevent the symptoms of PMS.
Q: How safe is progesterone cream?
A: A one-time overdose of the cream is virtually impossible. During the third trimester of pregnancy, the placenta produces about 300 mg of progesterone daily!
John R. Lee, M.D.
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone, (Warner Books, 1996)
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pre menopause: Balance Your Hormones and Life from Thirty to Fifty (Warner Books, 1999)
Bio-identical progesterone comes from plant fats and oils, usually a substance called diosgenin. One source is a very specific type of wild yam that grows in Mexico.
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