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f you've ever wondered why you're feeling the way you feel, read this special progesterone report. Once you understand the importance of progesterone hormone cream, you'll never be caught without it.
Menopause is often a dreaded time for women due to its many uncomfortable symptoms including the most reviled -- hot flashes.
Honestly, who wants a semi-sleepless night of repeatedly tossing away covers after waking up drenched in sweat only to be reaching for those blankets minutes later when the hot flash passes?
Beyond temperature changes, there are psychological effects and vaginal dryness. With all that, it's easy to see why many menopausal women are moody, emotional and distressed.
Really, it's no wonder women experiencing these changes are often scouring the market for any product that might provide comfort and relief.
Progesterone To The Rescue
That's where progesterone cream comes in.
When a woman is menopausal, certain hormone levels like progesterone start to decline. This decline starts around the age of 30-35 years old, but the symptoms are very vague. So vague you probably never noticed them.
This imbalance sets off a whole list of reactions within your body. For those women wishing to avoid pills that can come with a long list of side effects, they may want to check out alternatives such as progesterone cream.
That's what this report is all about.
Progesterone cream is considered by many as a natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy, supposedly yielding less side effects than the synthetic pills [source: Chustecka].
Natural progesterone cream is most commonly made from an extract found in the Mexican wild yam.
Here's the good part.
With the special cream from West Coast, this natural cream can be converted into a molecule that takes on the exact same chemical form as a progesterone molecule.
That means it is safe for you.
According to those who support this therapy, effective creams contain at least 400 mg of progesterone per ounce [source: Whole Health MD].
Here's something you may not know.
What does progesterone do after it's absorbed into you body?
What are the good and bad effects of using a progesterone cream? And what can it do for menopausal women? Keep reading to find out. But first let's take a look at progesterone at work in your body.
To understand what progesterone does inside the human body, you should recognize that the hormone is important for the processes of ovulation and menstruation.
Those are important with women.
Beyond that, it plays a large role in preparing for and maintaining pregnancies and keeping sex drives HIGH.
Be Safe When You're Pregnant
The ovary releases progesterone roughly two weeks after a woman has begun a menstrual cycle. Its function is to "trigger" the release of proteins that are essential for the endometrium, or lining of the uterus, to handle pregnancy.
These proteins make it possible for the endometrium to hold onto a fertilized egg [source: Healthy Women].
If a fertilized egg successfully implants, then the placenta produces MORE progesterone.
The body needs the increased amount of progesterone to both prevent the release of other eggs and foster the growth of breast-milk glands [source: Healthy Women].
The progesterone creams from West Coast have the same chemical makeup that the hormone progesterone has.
The only difference is how the cream and the hormone are sent through an individual's system. In order to work properly, the cream must be absorbed through the skin into the body [source: Whole Health MD].
Progesterone cream is said to CREATE a balance where there might be a hormonal domination of estrogen.
A balance between hormones is a 'KEY' to better health.
Some positive effects of such a balance are said to include defense against breast cancer, defense against endometrial cancer, an increase in sexual urges, an increase in bone health, stabilized blood sugar levels and a natural guard against depression [source: Mercola].
The cream is said to bring relief for PMS symptoms, endometriosis and menopause [source: Whole Health MD].
If you want the best results from the cream you must regulate your diet, sleep schedule and stress levels. Remember, the goal is balance.
Progesterone is known for having a sedative-like quality. While this would be helpful for those having trouble sleeping, it's not ideal for women on the go.
Also, pregnant or nursing women should take care to avoid progesterone.
Here's where it gets interesting.
Menopausal women contend with depression, hot flashes, moodiness, night sweats, stress, vaginal dryness and weight gain.
After a woman's body enters menopause, progesterone levels decrease. Because of this lower level of the hormone, hormones are often needed to compensate for this.
While some women use a combination of estrogen and progesterone hormone replacement therapy, others opt for progesterone cream [source: Better Health Channel].
Natural progesterone cream has less side effects than synthetic progesterone, while still providing the same benefits.
The goal of this natural progesterone cream is simple: to provide relief for you against the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.
Some studies have found that women who use this progesterone cream were able to reduce their hot flashes [source: Fries].
It's also said that progesterone cream may help bone density in menopausal women who are at risk for bone loss.
Q: What is progesterone?
A: This is a little complicated, but I want you to know this. Progesterone is a steroid hormone made by the corpus luteum of the ovary at ovulation, and in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands. Progesterone is manufactured in the body.
In a normally cycling female, your body produces 20 to 30 mg of progesterone daily during the menstrual cycle. The important thing to remember about what I just told you is this. To stay healthy, you need enough progesterone to keep your system balanced.
Q: Why do women need to use progesterone?
A: Progesterone is needed in hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women for many reasons, but one of its most important roles is to balance or oppose the effects of estrogen. Yes estrogen. Unopposed estrogen creates a strong risk for breast cancer and reproductive cancers.
Estrogen levels drop only 40-60% at menopause, which is just enough to stop the menstrual cycle.
But progesterone levels may drop to near zero in some women. Because progesterone is the precursor to so many other steroid hormones, its use can greatly enhance overall hormone balance after menopause.
Progesterone also stimulates bone-building and thus helps protect against osteoporosis.
Q: Why not just use the progestin Provera as prescribed by most doctors?
A: Progesterone is preferable to the synthetic progestins such as Provera, because it is natural to the body and has no undesirable side effects when used as directed.
If you have any doubts about how different progesterone is from the progestins, remember that the placenta produces 300-400 mg of progesterone daily during the last few months of pregnancy, so we know that such levels are safe for the developing baby.
But progestins, even at fractions of this dose, can cause birth defects. The progestins also cause many other side effects, including partial loss of vision, breast cancer in test dogs, an increased risk of strokes, fluid retention, migraine headaches, asthma, cardiac irregularities and depression.
Q: What is estrogen dominance?
A: This is a term to describe what happens when the normal ratio or balance of estrogen to progesterone is changed by excess estrogen or inadequate progesterone. Estrogen is a potent and potentially dangerous hormone when not balanced by adequate progesterone.
Both women who have suffered from PMS and women who have suffered from menopausal symptoms, will recognize the hallmark symptoms of estrogen dominance: weight gain, bloating, mood swings, irritability, tender breasts, headaches, fatigue, depression, hypoglycemia, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and fibrocystic breasts.
Estrogen dominance is known to cause and/or contribute to cancer of the breast, ovary, endometrium (uterus), and prostate.
Q: Why would a premenopausal woman need progesterone cream?
A: In the ten to fifteen years before menopause, many women regularly have anovulatory cycles in which they make enough estrogen to create menstruation, but they don't make any progesterone, thus setting the stage for estrogen dominance. Using progesterone cream during anovulatory months can help prevent the symptoms of PMS.
We now know that PMS can occur despite normal progesterone levels when stress is present. Stress increases cortisol production; cortisol blockades (or competes for) progesterone receptors. Additional progesterone is required to overcome this blockade, and stress management is important.
Q: Where should I put the progesterone cream?
A: Because progesterone is very fat-soluble, it is easily absorbed through the skin. From subcutaneous fat, progesterone is absorbed into capillary blood. Thus absorption is best at all the skin sites where people blush: face, neck, chest, breasts, inner arms and palms of the hands.
Q: What is the recommended dosage of progesterone?
A: For premenopausal women the usual dose is 15-24 mg/day for 14 days before expected menses, stopping the day or so before menses.
For postmenopausal women, the dose that often works well is 15 mg/day for 25 days of the calendar month.
Q: How safe is progesterone cream?
A: During the third trimester of pregnancy, the placenta produces about 300 mg of progesterone daily, so we know that a one-time overdose of the cream is virtually impossible. If you used a whole jar at once it might make you sleepy. However, women should avoid using higher than the recommended dosage to avoid hormone imbalances. More is not better when it comes to hormone balance.
Q: Wouldn't it be easier to just take a progesterone pill?
A: We recommend the transdermal cream rather than oral progesterone, because some 80% to 90% of the oral dose is lost through the liver. Thus, at least 200 to 400 mg daily is needed orally to achieve a physiologic dose of 15 to 24 mg daily. Such high doses create undesirable metabolites and unnecessarily overload the liver.
I suggest you use these hormone creams from West Coast that are available at the front desk or www.drkadenantiaging.com. They're easy to use and they care convenient so there are no hassles. Just rub them on your body and you're done.
It's that simple.
The most important thing I want you to remember is KEEP your body and your hormones… BALANCED.
If you can do this, you're going to feel better than you have in years.
One jar should last you one month.
Dr. Frank E. Kaden, D.C.
1921 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278