Progesterone is a hormone naturally produced in the female body from both the ovaries and adrenal glands. As women age, hormone levels tend to decrease. Progesterone is one of those hormones. Often when women are in their 30’s progesterone levels start to decline. When women reach menopause and are post menopausal, levels further decline. They may need to supplement with progesterone to help prevent those nasty hot flashes and restore their hormones to a more normal level.
Progesterone production is high during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle and low during the follicular phase. It is also low before puberty and after menopause. Women who suffer from PMS, peri-menopause, post-menopause, vaginal dryness, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, uterine fibroid tumors, and endometrial carcinoma may benefit from progesterone therapy. The most common symptoms of progesterone deficiency are headaches, insomnia, weight gain, fluid retention, sugar cravings and moodiness.
How do you choose the right natural progesterone supplement? Supplemental sources of progesterone are available in oral and topical creams as well as lozenges, suppositories, and injectable forms. “Bio Identical” progesterone refers to the type that has the exact chemical structure as the hormone that is naturally produced in the body. The synthetic form, progestin, (sounds like progesterone but is very different), exclusively regulates the menstral cycle and makes the effects of having a progesterone imbalance worse.
According to John R. Lee, M.D., the well-known proponent of supplemental progesterone, transdermal progesterone (progesterone creams) can help achieve a more normal hormonal balance in the body.
When a woman takes progesterone she may experience, improved cholesterol levels, improved sleep, mood, concentration and memory, reduced risk of depression, reduced risk of senility and cognitive decline, and finally enhanced libido. Progesterone balances estrogen levels to prevent breast cancer and endometrial cancer.
If you’re unsure about progesterone there are always other alternatives such as soy (isoflavonoids), Black cohosh, Dong quai, and Licorice to help bring your hormones back into balance.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you feel there is a physical problem like hormone decline always consult your local physician before doing anything .
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