Did you know that bio-identical progesterone cream isn’t just useful for perimenopausal or menopausal women – but that it can potentially benefit women of all ages?
Between the food we eat, the water we drink and the products we use, our systems are constantly bombarded by estrogen-mimicking chemicals known as xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens can contribute to a wide range of conditions including endometriosis, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome and uterine fibroids. In fact, you may have noticed that girls are reaching puberty younger than ever before. Known as precocious puberty, this early stage development can potentially put women at risk for contracting breast cancer later on.
Progesterone plays an important role in balancing or opposing the effects of estrogen. Because progesterone is very fat-soluble, it is easily absorbed through the skin, making
progesterone cream an effective way to address a variety of conditions and support a healthy hormonal balance.
Conditions that May Benefit from Progesterone Supplementation
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
PMS is something most women can relate to in one form or another, as it can affect each of us differently on any given month, at any given age. PMS occurs in the second half of the menstrual cycle and may increase in severity until your period begins.
Symptoms of PMS run the gamut between emotional to physical and from mildly irritating to completely debilitating. Common symptoms include bloating, breast tenderness, cramping, cravings, depression, fatigue, headaches, hypersensitivity, irritability and mood swings. Extreme PMS, known as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), can have a life-altering impact on some women due to the severity of its symptoms.
While PMS symptoms are vast and varied, stress is believed to be a large contributing factor as cortisol, the stress hormone, literally steals progesterone from the body. If anything, it’s just one more reason why it is so crucial to practice self-care and stress-reduction techniques. Exercise, meditation, a healthy diet and proper rest can go a long way in our overall well-being. So too can a small amount of progesterone cream in the case of progesterone deficiency. With expert guidance from your doctor and pharmacist, you can find relief from the annoying to chronic symptoms of PMS.
Hormonal imbalances can impact women of any age resulting in irregular cycles. It is not uncommon for women to begin experiencing symptoms of perimenopause as early their mid-30’s, due to a lack of progesterone. When this is the case, progesterone replacement therapy can be a helpful solution to reset your cycle, as well as alleviate related perimenopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, low libido, and weight gain.
Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after trying to do so for at least one year. Over the last two decades, the number of couples in Canada struggling with fertility issues has been on the rise. In 1984, 5.7% of couples dealt with infertility, whereas today that number has increased to over 15%. That’s 1 in 6 couples.
There are obviously numerous reasons a couple may have difficulty conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to full term; however, researchers have discovered a connection between endocrine-disrupting chemicals and estrogen dominance, which can both lead to progesterone deficiency.
Progesterone is necessary for creating the ideal fertile conditions for conception and gestation. In a typical cycle, women will produce 20–30 mg of progesterone a day during the luteal phase. In the third trimester, the placenta will produce up to 400 mg a day, as healthy progesterone levels prevent the endometrial lining from tearing, which can lead to miscarriages.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
An imbalance of too little progesterone, too much estrogen, and a lack of ovulation can result in multiple cysts on the ovaries, known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Because weight gain, type II diabetes and insulin resistance are all major risk factors for PCOS, maintaining a healthy diet is one of the best ways to help prevent and heal this condition.
Unfortunately, many doctors treat PCOS with short-term solutions that don’t address the underlying problem. Hormone-blocking and insulin-lowering drugs only make matters worse by introducing a host of dangerous side effects. Balancing the progesterone levels in your body can provide the best chances at long-term results, helping your hormones return to their natural rhythm.
Is A Progesterone Supplement Right for You?
If any of the above symptoms sound all-too-familiar, it’s important to start by making an appointment with your Integrative physician to have your hormone levels tested. If low progesterone levels are detected, your doctor can prescribe a low dosage bioidentical hormone treatment to help bring you back into balance. A good compounding pharmacy will work with your doctor to create your tailored prescription to order.
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