The female cycle is a dance, a rhythm in constant motion and we are along for the ride. Estrogen and Progesterone are the dominant hormones that run this cycle every month and they both play important roles.
Unfortunately our environment around us is filled with estrogen and xenoestrogens which are chemicals that mimic estrogens in our bodies. Plastics and animal products contain chemicals that mimic estrogen in our systems, creating estrogen dominance. When estrogen levels get too high we see a variety of symptoms such as bloating, fibrocystic breasts, menstrual irregularities, hair loss, PMS and low thyroid. Many of us need an increase in Progesterone to help balance out the hormones.
As women age and begin to enter perimenopause, we can have cycles where no ovulation occurs. If we don’t ovulate, we don’t produce progesterone and the estrogen in our system begins to dominate and become unchecked. (1)
John R. Lee M.D. states the following “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.”
So how do you know if you need a boost in Progesterone?
Low Progesterone can cause a number of common symptoms:
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles
- Brain Fog
- Weight Gain (Particularly Mid Section)
- Sugar Cravings
- Hormonal Headaches
- Low Thyroid (cold hands and feet)
- Low Libido
These are the most common symptoms of low progesterone and most cases can be resolved by using a small dose of progesterone cream. Bioidentical Progesterone Cream is available over the counter and it’s a great way to give your body a boost in progesterone. If your body was low in progesterone you will see an improvement in symptoms rather quickly. Many women have claimed progesterone cream has given them their life back.
I personally have seen huge improvements in my thyroid function after using the cream and have noticed mental clarity as well as reduced migraine headaches related to my cycle.
Bioidentical Progesterone Cream contains 20mg per one-quarter teaspoon. It is applied daily to a thin skinned area such as neck, breasts, inner arms, ankles or thighs. It’s best to rotate areas every few applications. Use after ovulation or around the 14 day of your cycle.
Lifeflo Progesta-care Cream is my favorite cream as it comes in a measured pump giving me the correct dose each day so there is no guessing involved. I get the same amount, 20mg of bioidentical cream each time.
For further information your physician can order blood work to give you a detailed report of your hormones and any areas you may be deficient in. Please consult your doctor before starting or stopping any prescription.