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
Fat Metabolism - Progesterone also
promotes lipolysis (breakdown of fat) and protects against
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
Normalizes Functions - facilitates
normal action of thyroid hormone action, diuretic, cell
oxygen levels, libido, zinc & copper levels, blood
Cyst & Tumor Prevention - Protects
against breast fibrocysts and provides some protection
against breast cancer
Bone Building - Stimulates osteoblasts
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Benefits Of Natural Progesterone
Natural progesterone has an overwhelming number of
- 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
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
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
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
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
Use natural progesterone replacement therapy to re-create
its normal presense in your regular monthly menstrual
Replacement Therapy & Supplements