Many women that are about to reach the age of menopause have heard about progesterone cream, and have heard about the good things it can do. In some cases the effect sound almost miraculous, so you may be wondering what it is all about – what is it, what does it do, and does it really work? And last but not least, is it safe? Here are the answers you are looking for.
What is progesterone?
Progesterone is a hormone produced by your body, and it plays an important part when it comes to for example pregnancy. Furthermore, it supports your adrenal glands, thyroid and healthy blood sugar.
Why do you need it?
In the years before your menopause starts, the progesterone levels in your body will drop. So will your estrogen levels, but they will not drop as fast as the progesterone levels. The result of this is a hormonal imbalance in your body, and this can cause cause unpleasant symptoms like mood swings, anxiety, sore breats, bloating, irritability and headaches, and a number of other symptoms, but it can also cause more serious conditions like breast cancer in women (and prostate cancer in men).
Does it work?
Studies done at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1999, showed that about 83% of the test subjects experienced reduction or total elimination of hot flashes when using bioidentical cream. Furthermore, other clinical studies have shown weight loss, significant reduction in uterine fibroids and a reversal of premenstrual dysphoric disorder and endometriosis – not only to be greatly improved but actually reversed when using bioidentical progesterone.
What kind of progesterone cream should I use?
The cream you need to use to reduce or eliminate the symptoms described here, is a bioidentical progesterone cream. It is not any cream you can buy in any local drug store, and it is not just any wild jam cream – you must make sure it is bioidentical.To be sure of this look at the label – it will say “USP”. A recommended bioidentical progesterone cream that is labeled USP, is Natpro. Bioidentical means that is has the same molecular structure as the progesterone your body produces itself. Creams that are not natural and instead are a substitute will not work the same way, and it can have side effects and be dangerous.
Is it safe?
There is no evidence that USP natural progesterone is unsafe, and many doctors will tell you that it is completely and totally safe. Others will tell you it is safe, but that you should be careful to follow the directions given to you.