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PROGESTERONE HORMONE SUPPLEMENTS

 

Progesterone is a hormone produced by the ovaries to help maintain a normal menstrual cycle and support gestation. Progesterone has many functions in the body. It is widely used as part of HRT, to offset the adverse effects of synthetic estradiol [estrogen]. During menopause, the estrogen levels in the body drop 40 to 60 percent while natural progesterone levels drop to nearly zero.

Functions Of Progesterone

Catalyst - Progesterone acts as both a precursors to other adrenal hormones and as a Growth Hormone stimulant.

Fat Metabolism - Progesterone also promotes lipolysis (breakdown of fat) and protects against endometrial cancer.

Prevents Cancer - progesterone has shown to eliminate the risk of endometrial cancer when given with estrogen for 10 or more days per cycle.

Blood Sugar Levels - progesterone normalizes levels of blood sugar, zinc and copper.

Reproductive - Progesterone promotes gestation by stimulating the walls of the uterus to prepare it for implantation of the fertilized ovum. If pregnancy occurs, progesterone inhibits ovulation (by suppressing FSH & LH) and promotes uterine development until the placenta becomes more mature.

Nerves, Stress & Emotional - progesterone is necessary for production of nerve myelin and is a natural anti-depressant. Precursor for cortiscosterone production (cortisone)

Normalizes Functions - facilitates normal action of thyroid hormone action, diuretic, cell oxygen levels, libido, zinc & copper levels, blood clotting, osteoblasts,

Cyst & Tumor Prevention - Protects against breast fibrocysts and provides some protection against breast cancer

Bone Building - Stimulates osteoblasts (bone building)

 

Progesterone Therapy

Women whose ovaries do not produce adequate Progesterone may experience difficulty in conceiving, or in maintaining a pregnancy. Progesterone supplements may be prescribed to act on the lining of the uterus to better prepare it for implantation of the embryo. The most common synthetic progesterone, [progestines] used is methylprogesterone [Provera].

Progesterone Supplements may be taken:

By mouth - capsules, or troches [ placed under the tongue to dissolve]. Since progesterone must be metabolized by the liver, this delivery system is rather inefficient and less effective than injections or vaginal suppositories.

As injections - usually given in the buttock area. Doctors generally teach patients to administer these themselves, or teach partners to assist.

As vaginal suppositories - may cause some leaking [use a panty-liner]; this is normal and does not mean that Progesterone is not being absorbed. Sex is not prevented.

Side Effects

Progesterone supplementation may cause side effects such as nausea, tiredness and breast tenderness. These are generally short term.

Other more severe and longer term side effects include: headaches, depression, fluid retention, increased risk of birth defects and early abortion, liver dysfunction, breast tenderness, breakthrough bleeding, acne, hirsutism (hair growth), insomnia, edema, weight changes, pulmonary embolism and premenstrual-like syndrome.

Progestins lack the intrinsic physiological benefits of progesterone in the development of healthy nerve cells and brain and thyroid function. Progestins tend to block the body's ability to produce and utilize natural progesterone to maintain these life-promoting functions.

The use of progesterone for pregnacy purposes is outside the scope of this antiaging program. Its use here is included purely as a balance to the adverse effects of estrogen only HRT and for other antiaging benefits such as arthritis, alzheimers.

Synthetic progesterone [progestin] is commonly known as Provera. It has met with wide controversy amongst the medical field. The most notable report was the Women's Health Initiative Study. This was compiled in an attempt to understand why synthetic HRT is regarded as so risky.

It is always best to test your own natural progesterone and estrogen levels before commencing any supplementation. Your hormone levels can best be determined with a saliva test.

This allows you to determine exactly how deficient in natural progesterone (or estrogen) you are before beginning supplementation, or what your levels are as you proceed with supplementation.
Go to the hormone testing section here.


Natural Progesterone

The best way to take progesterone is using natural, rather than synthetically produced drugs. Whilst these can be rather expensive, they are more suited to those who have liver sensitivity.

Natural progesterone, a cholesterol derivative, is made from wild Mexican yams or soybeans. The active ingredients match exactly the molecular structure of the body's own progesterone.

Soy products contain phytoestrogens that act by altering tissue responses to estrogen.

Natural progesterone is known to have far fewer side effects than synthetic versions. Natural progesterone is available is several forms

Natural progesterone cream - applied directly to the skin, to be absorbed into the underlying fat layer. The natural progesterone can then be absorbed into the blood stream as the body needs it.

Natural progesterone supplements taken by mouth - the levels of natural progesterone in the blood are not consistent and the liver will process much [up to 95%] of the natural progesterone out of your system.

Progesterone Creams

Progesterone Supplements

 

Benefits Of Natural Progesterone

Natural progesterone has an overwhelming number of benefits:

  • increases libido
  • prevents cancer of the womb
  • protects against fibrocystic breast disease
  • helps protect against breast cancer
  • maintains the uterus lining
  • hydrates and oxygenates the skin
  • reverses facial hair growth and hair thinning
  • acts as a natural diuretic
  • helps eliminate depression and increase a sense of well being
  • encourages fat burning and the use of stored energy
  • normalizes blood clotting
  • acts a precursor to other important stress and sex hormones.

Used In Treatments

Natural Progesterone has been used for the treatment of arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis and varicose veins.

Some of the progesterone is absorbed systemically, but the highest concentration is retained in the localised area, helping to treat the problem.

Intravaginal application of progesterone cream provides higher doses where needed in cases of endometriosis, fibroids and ovarian cysts.

Cosmetic Benefits of Natural Progesterone

Natural progesterone has a number of cosmetic advantages by way of producing softer, younger looking skin - by balancing your hormones, natural progesterone and progesterone cream safely reduce or eliminate menopause symptoms. And most women will tell you, when their bodies are in balance they crave less sweet food, less alcohol, exercise more, smile more and are a whole lot happier. All this has a very positive anti-aging effect.

Women using natural progesterone cream claim relief from female symptoms and also experience increased vitality, better skin and renewed emotional balance.

 

Using Natural Progesterone

Before using any hormone supplement, check with your Doctor to determine if natural hormone levels should be tested. Progesterone levels are best taken approximately seven days before menstruation.This is done as a simple saliva test.

Progesterone is a prescription drug and 100mg a day, every day, rather than cycling is recommended in women. Progesterone dissolved in Vitamin E is far better absorbed.

Progesterone used vaginally to target the uterus is also absorbed systemically.

Used as a topical treatment of sun-damaged skin, acne wrinkles, etc., progesterone in oil with vitamin E can be applied directly to the affected area.

CAUTION: If you are using progesterone cream and think you may be pregnant, suddenly stopping could cause a miscarriage.

Using Natural Progesterone Supplements

Most natural progesterone supplement packaging provide specific usage instructions. As a guide - 1/4 teaspoon once or twice a day for 2-3 weeks a month will simulate normal progesterone presence in the body. Oral Progesterone must be specially prepared and is more expensive than creams.

Progesterone Supplements

Using Natural Progesterone Cream

Natural progesterone creams should contain 2-3% USP Progesterone, or 450-500mg per ounce of cream. The natural progesterone available in cream form at health food stores typically contains 20 to 25mg progesterone per dose.

Use natural progesterone replacement therapy to re-create its normal presense in your regular monthly menstrual cycle.

Progesterone Creams

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