There are many benefits to using natural progesterone cream including the fact that there are generally no side effects.
Progesterone cream is a commonly used form of natural hormone replacement therapy that is used to balance potentially dangerous levels of estrogen.
Progesterone is a steroid produced by the ovaries in the latter part of the menstrual cycle. The normal woman produces 20-30 mg daily during this phase of menstruation.
When estrogen is not correctly balanced with progesterone, it increases a woman’s risk for breast and reproductive cancers.
It is also linked to PMS. Using natural progesterone cream can help prevent the symptoms of PMS caused by estrogen dominance.
Estrogen dominance symptoms include weight gain, bloating, mood swings, irritability, tender breasts, headaches, fatigue, depression, hypoglycemia, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and fibrocystic breasts.
Benefits of Using Natural Progesterone Cream
Natural progesterone cream balances out the estrogen level thereby alleviating these symptoms. Although estrogen levels may drop as much as 40-60% in the menopausal woman, progesterone levels may drop as low as zero. The use of progesterone cream can balance the use of estrogen hormone replacement therapy greatly enhancing the benefits to a woman.
Natural progesterone cream is made from plant fats and oils extracted from soybeans or a specific type of wild yams grown in Mexico. It is then processed in a laboratory where it is synthesized into human progesterone. Because progesterone cream is fat-soluble, it is easily absorbed by the skin.
It travels through the fat and is absorbed into the capillary blood. Progesterone cream works best if it is applied to the skin on the face, neck, chest, breasts, inner arms and palms of the hands where capillary blood vessels are closest to the skin surface.
Is It Safe to Use?
Progesterone cream is safe to use since over-dosage is almost impossible. Using more than the recommended dosage is highly discouraged but using an entire jar would probably only cause drowsiness. The recommended dosage is 20-30 mg daily but since the normal pregnant woman in her third trimester produces about 300-400 mg daily, we know that higher doses are not dangerous.
Progesterone cream is preferable to synthetic oral progestin, because it is natural to the body and has no undesirable side effects when used as directed. Oral progestin must be processed by the liver, where it is estimated that 80-90% of it is lost. This also puts an undue load on the liver, setting it up for further problems health problems later on.
Some claim that certain types of progesterone creams are better absorbed than others. There is no evidence to support this claim. There are, however, various brands and manufacturers, so not all quality is equal. Progesterone cream is also not stored in body fat and therefore must be used regularly as prescribed.
Normal progesterone cream prescription dosage for premenopausal women is 15-24 mg/day for 14 days before expected menses, stopping the day or so before menses. For postmenopausal women, the recommended dosage is 15 mg/day for 25 days of the calendar month.