Dealing with weight gain, bloating and depression?
Progesterone cream may be the key to getting things back in balance.
Progesterone is a steroid hormone produced by the ovaries and is a precursor for multiple other hormones. It plays a vital role not only in pregnancy but in thyroid, brain function, and cellular health as well. This article contains an affiliate link for a product we love, a small fee from your purchase helps us keep the website up and running for you.
When progesterone levels drop, estrogen levels are left unchecked and can lead to estrogen dominance. Symptoms of estrogen dominance include:
- Weight gain
- Tender breasts
- Uterine Fibroids
- Mood swings
- Candida infections
Estrogen levels drop only 40-60% at menopause, which is just enough to stop the menstrual cycle but progesterone levels drop to near zero in some women.
Progesterone levels are dropping earlier as we see premenopausal women in their 30’s now having symptoms.
It’s easy to get exposed to Xenohormones which are man made synthetic chemicals that can have estrogen qualities. We find these in foods containing soy, plastic water bottles, pesticides and estrogens like chemicals in bath and body products.
Excess body fat and chronic stress can also contribute to estrogen dominance in women as young as 30.
Let’s look at some of the symptoms you can have if your progesterone is too low.
- Low Libido
- Hot flashes
- Tender breasts
- Vaginal dryness
- Brain fog
- Awake between 2-4am
You can see that some of the low progesterone symptoms and the estrogen dominance symptoms are the same. When progesterone is low the estrogen levels can rise quickly so keeping the progesterone levels up is key to controlling estrogen.
Progesterone acts on the GABA receptors in the brain which produce a calming effect on the nervous system.
Some additional effects of Progesterone include:
- Increase libido
- Normalize blood sugar
- Helps prevent breast cancer
- Natural diuretic
- Natural anti-depressant
- Helps use fat for energy
It’s important to note that taking oral synthetic hormones is not recommended and can be dangerous. Oral hormones are metabolized by the liver greatly decreasing the amount that gets used by the body and can lead to nasty side effects.
All forms of synthetic progesterone should be avoided because they can have severe side effects and increase the risk of stroke and cancer.
An all natural form of progesterone cream that is used topically is much more safe and effective. A topical cream is absorbed through the skin and bypasses the liver. A natural progesterone cream is identical to what your ovaries are producing.
The best way to use natural progesterone cream is to rotate the location you’re applying the cream, picking thin skinned areas such as ankles/tops of feet, wrists and arms, neck, breasts and inner thighs. This way the progesterone will absorb quickly instead of building up in the same spot in the skin.
For pre-menopausal women, starting the cream around ovulation (day 12-14) and stopping right before menses is best.
For postmenopausal women, using the cream for 25 days of the month is common with taking a few days off at the end of the month.
You can find out more about progesterone cream in this article.
If you are already using a natural progesterone cream I would love to hear how your feeling and what benefits you have noticed. Please let us know and comment below.