Progesterone is a hormone produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands. There are progesterone receptors in the brain, breasts, blood vessels, and vagina. Over time, levels of this essential hormone decline with menopause. Progesterone is so important that it is necessary in many stages of a woman’s life. This includes during the premenopausal, peri-menopausal, and postmenopausal stages. During this time, it’s job is to maintain optimal cognitive and physical function.
One of the most troubling symptoms of menopause is often insomnia, which can be rapidly and dramatically treated with progesterone therapy. If progesterone is replaced when it declines it can significantly improve, if not eliminate, symptoms of PMS and menopause. Additionally, women who have had hysterectomies often benefit from being on progesterone therapy because it not only protects the uterus but also prevents symptoms of estrogen dominance. This includes bloating, headaches, and fluid retention.
With our personalized progesterone treatments, we see an improvement in all of these areas over time.
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Progesterone is often administered cyclically, and women can respond differently to different preparations. Sometimes a pill can be more effective, and sometimes creams are the treatment of choice. Some women will do best on a combination of oral and trans-dermal therapy.
Because progesterone is fat-soluble it is easily absorbed through the skin. Progesterone creams are absorbed into capillaries and into the bloodstream through subcutaneous fat. The most commonly suggested areas of administration for this type of therapy are the face, neck, chest, breasts, inner arms, and vagina.
Simple. Bio-identical hormones are made from plant steroids found in wild yams and are not synthetic. The chemical structures of bio-identical hormones are identical to the endogenous hormones produced by our bodies. Side effects are rare, but it is important to cycle the hormones correctly so as not to disrupt the natural timing of the menstrual cycle.
Synthetic progestins like Provera can also produce severe adverse effects. Some of these include an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Depression, nausea, and abnormal menstrual flow are common side effects as well.