|There are several hormonal related conditions
in women that indicate the need for progesterone. They are: osteoporosis,
PMS, hot flashes, loss of libido, water retension, fibrocystic breasts,
fatigue, and depression. Conventional doctors typically treat these with
cream that reverses osteoporosis and subdues PMS.
Progesterone is a principal female reproductive hormone
which naturally balances estrogen, the second major female hormone. Many women have
excess estrogen, which increases the risk of breast cancer cancer
of the uterus, and osteoporosis. Excess estrogen can also severely worsen
premenstrual syndrome (PMS). To balance progesterone/estrogen levels, many
doctors prescribe synthetic progesterone, progestin, which has recognized
side effects. Natural progesterone's side effects are minimal.
Too Much Estrogen?
During menopause, a woman's progesterone level eventually
drops to zero. At the same time, estrogen drops only about 40%. Since the
two hormones work together, this creates an imbalance. The obvious solution
is to add more progesterone. In addition, estrogen is supposed to be eliminated
through the bowels, but a high-fat and low-fiber diet promotes the growth
of bacteria in the intestines which break down estrogen into forms that
are reabsorbed into the bloodstream instead of being eliminated. High-fiber
diets are helpful in promoting estrogenís elimination.
A healthy liver converts estrogen to less active,
noncarcinogenic forms. However, consuming too much alcohol, sugar, fat,
and caffeine causes the more active forms of estrogen to recirculate through
Moderate exercise is also a component in balancing
the functions of the body and building bone strength. Diet, exercise, and
natural progestorone will almost always correct the imbalance.
John R. Lee, MD, the pioneer in the field of progesterone
therapy, says that taking natural progesterone lowers the risk of osteoporosis,
PMS, fibrocystic breast conditions, ovarian cysts, miscarriage, menopausal
symptoms, and breast and endometrial cancer. (CLICK HERE for details on Dr. Lee's book, called the most important book ever written about menopause.)
Evidence that natural progesterone relieves PMS
conditions and menopausal symptoms is based on the clinical findings of
Lee and other physicians. Evidence that it prevents and even reverses osteoporosis
and prevents certain forms of cancer is based on the common scientific
understanding that estrogen and progesterone must be in balance to prevent
bone loss and certain cancers.
Most natural progesterone is made from diosgenin,
a plant sterol abundant in the Mexican yam (Dioscorea villosa). Manufacturers
convert diosgenin to the identical progesterone molecule that the body
produces. Therefore, progesterone is natural. It is not a synthetic substance.
Progestin is synthetic, because it is not found naturally in the body.
Please note that the various creams currently being sold in many health
food stores for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, containing Mexican
wild yam without natural progesterone, are useless. The diosgenin contained
in the yam must first be converted to progesterone, a process that the
body cannot do.
Some side effects of synthetic progestin include
bloating. headache, fatigue, weight gain, and depression, and it can actually
increase the symptoms of PMS. According to Lee, natural progesterone causes
no side effects in the dosages he recommends.
and How to Use
Lee recommends using a cream which supplies between
20 to 30 milligrams of natural progesterone per day. Absorbed through the
skin, the progesterone by-passes the stomach and liver. Progesterone taken
orally is chemically changed in the stomach and liver and is far less effective.
(Plain Mexican yam creams contain only diosgenin, not progesterone; the
body on its own cannot convert diosgenin into progesterone.) Lee suggests
that women apply a small amount of the progesterone cream daily, from days
12 through 26 of their menstrual cycle, to their breasts and buttocks.
Use about one ounce of cream during the fifteen-day period. Some women
need more to relieve symptoms, and others less The amount needed may decrease
over time, and you may discontinue its use after a year or two to see how
you do without it.
Natural Progesterone helped Joan Beckmeyer
end nightly drenching menopausal sweats.
"Progesterone cream is wonderful," She says.
Menopause was pretty much hell for Joan Beckmeyer,
fifty-two, of Somerville, New Jersey.
"During the day, I had the most incredible hot
flashes you could imagine," Beckmeyer says. "And at night, I had these
sweats that left me absolutely drenched. I'd wake up and have to clean
up my soggy body." Beckmeyer was otherwise in good health and steadfastly
avoided drugs prescribed by her physician. But she was also practically
at wit's end and was considering succumbing to synthetic estrogen and progestin.
Then, a friend recommended that she read Dr. John R. Lee's book, What
Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause. It made sense to her,
and she began using a natural progesterone cream.
"For the first month or two, I didn't notice any
change," Beckmeyer recalls. "Then, during the third month, I realized that
I hadn't gotten up that night with a terrible sweat. And then I stopped
having hot flashes during the day.
"Not only that - I feel a lot better, too," she
adds." I have a lot more energy. The progesterone cream is just wonderful,
and I'm no longer embarrassed to sleep over at friends' houses."
Premarin and Provera can be dangerous! Synthetic
estrogen treatment increases the chance of cancer of the uterus eight times!
In fact, estrogen is the only cause of cancer of the uterus! Estrogen treatment
has also shown to be a contributing factor in stroke and heart disease
Estrogen is the conventional treatment for osteoporosis.
Yet, it does not reverse osteoporosis. Progesterone does actually reverse
osteoporosis. Bone density tests have shown that progesterone treatment
even in women over 70, have reversed osteoporosis. Typically there is a
15% annual increase in bone density when a woman uses progesterone cream.