The discussion always tends to revolve around estrogen but it is important to understand that estrogen works the best and is the safest when combined with progesterone. This means that a lack of natural progesterone or an excess of it wreaks havoc on the body. Progesterone allows estrogen to do what it needs to do in the body and keeps a look out making sure estrogen doesn’t get out of control. The most important thing to know is that if you use bioidentical progesterone it is safe.
Some Facts About Progesterone
Natural progesterone needs to be part of any hormonal treatment plan that includes estrogen. It is a synergistic effect.
Synthetic progesterone is BAD and has been associated with significant health risks.
The use of bioidentical progesterone has not been associated with breast cancer.
There are studies that have shown that progesterone was better than tamoxifen in protecting women against breast cancer.
Synthetic progesterone (progestin) stimulates cancer cell growth whereas natural progesterone inhibits growth of breast cancer cells.
Bioidentical progesterone is protective of breasts, bones, the cardiovascular system, brain function and the list goes on.
Bioidentical Progesterone Benefits?
- Promote healthy sex hormone balance
- Have a calming effect
- Help enhance mood and anti-anxiety effect
- Helps normalize menstrual cycles
- Increase sex drive
- Help use fat for energy
- Balances estrogen
- Protects against breast, uterine and ovarian cancer.
- Protects against alzheimers and dementia.
- Helps with difficulty sleeping.
And there are many more.
Reasons You Should Avoid Synthetic Progesterone
The synthetic version of this hormone is not really progesterone; it is a progestin. Progestins are synthetic progesterone-like compounds manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. Synthetic progesterones are far more powerful than the body’s own natural progesterone and are metabolized as foreign substances into toxic metabolites. These synthetic progesterones can gravely interfere with the body’s own natural progesterone, create other hormone-related health problems, and further exacerbate estrogen dominance.
Synthetic progestins (provera) are not exact replicas of the body’s natural progesterone. It is derived from pregnant mares’ urine. Unfortunately, there is a long list of side effects, some of which are quite severe. A partial list includes:
- fluid retention
- increased risk of birth defects
- early abortion
- liver dysfunction
- breast tenderness
- breakthrough bleeding
- hirsutism (hair growth)
- weight changes
- pulmonary embolism
- premenstrual-like syndrome
When it comes to your health it is critical to be informed. Please ask us if you have any questions. Contact us to learn more about progesterone and bioidentical progesterone therapy.