Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Progesterone

Q: What Exactly is natural progesterone and how does it differ from synthetic

A: Natural Progesterone, a cholesterol derivative, matches exactly the chemical formulation of the body's own progesterone and thus causes no side effects.

Manufacturers of synthetic progesterone alter the chemical makeup of progesterone in order to create progestins. Progestins in their altered molecular structure may cause many side effects, such as birth defects or abortion, fluid retention, epilepsy, migraine, asthma, cardiac, or kidney disfunction and depression.

Q: Should estrogen be used without progesterone?

A: Definitely not. It is very important that natural progesterone be used with any form of estrogen.

Estrogen without progesterone can cause endometrial and vaginal cancers.

Estrogen blocks thyroid production and causes water retention; and it can cause fibrocystic breast disease, fibroid tumors and ovaria cysts.
Q: How do I know if I should use progesterone?
  • A: If you have PMS symptoms. PMS Symptoms are those which occur consistently a week or 10 days before the period and stop with or shortly thereafter.

  • A: If you have Estrogen Dominance symptoms as listed below:
  • water retention
  • breast swelling
  • fibrocystic breasts
  • uterine fibroids
  • loss of libido
  • mood swings
  • depression
  • craving for sweets
  • weight gain
  • fat deposited at hips and thighs
  • A: If you have had a hysterectomy, oopherectomy (removal of ovaries), or menopausal symptoms.

    Many women experience hot flashes following a premenopausal hysterectomy and in the beginning of the natural onset of menopause. Natural progesterone cream is effective for relieving the symptoms of hot flashes.

    Most women have reported a complete cessation of flushing within 3 to 8 weeks.

    After menopause, estrogen continues to be produced from the fat cells; however, progesterone production virtually ends.

  • A: Osteoporosis. Women over 50 years of age should use natural progesterone cream to prevent osteoporosis.

Q: Where should I apply natural progesterone?

  • A: Natural Progesterone in a moisturizing cream can be applied to the face, chest, breasts, inner arms, or soles of feet.

    The cream is readily absorbed and leaves no trace after a few minutes.

    During absorption the cream bypasses the liver and goes to specific receptor sites where progesterone is needed.

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