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Natural Progesterone Creams

Should you use natural progesterone cream? To evaluate the claims about progesterone creams, you should understand the function of progesterone.

Every woman is born with around 4 million eggs in her ovaries. The ovaries produce the hormone called estrogen. Each month one egg ripens and drops from the ovary into the uterus. The spot where the egg has left the ovary then produces a second hormone called progesterone. So a woman has the first hormone, estrogen throughout most of her cycle and the second hormone, progesterone, only after she releases an egg for the last part of her cycle.

Women who have estrogen but no progesterone are at high risk for uterine cancer. Estrogen stimulates the uterus to grow. Progesterone stops the stimulation. Women with only estrogen have a uterus that is stimulated all the time, which can lead to uncontrolled growth which is cancer.

Outlandish claims are made by people selling natural progesterone creams. They have not been shown to be safer or more effective than progesterone pills. It is not true that natural progesterone cream turns fibrocystic breasts back to normal, or prevents hair loss.

PMS refers to symptoms that occur during the 10 days before a woman's period. The promoters of these creams claim that women with PMS have low levels of progesterone. That's nonsense. A woman has her highest levels of progesterone after the egg is released during the last part of her cycle when a woman has PMS.

They make a lot of claims for natural plant progesterone that have been demonstrated by progesterone pills, but provide no data to show that you get the same effect from progesterone applied in a cream. They claim that progesterone pills are dangerous and the cream is not, but they have no data to support this claim.

They also claim that progesterone gives you more energy, allows you to sleep better, and concentrate and focus better. They say progesterone is a natural antidepressant, helps burn fat, improves thyroid hormone action, and restores libido. None of these statements are supported by research on plant progesterone that is accepted by gynecologists today. Let the buyer beware.

Checked 1/3/16

May 16th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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