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Sunday, March 28, 2010

feeling imbalanced?

Poor us....women that is, we go through soo many changes in our bodies throughout our life time.
post pardum
hormonal fluxes as we get older(and wiser I might add)
perimenopause and da da da...

Lately I kinda wish I was menopause(knock on wood) due to all the hormonal fluxes caused by age, stress and what not!!! One day "on top of the world" then next day "down down down in the dumps"
All caused by those lovely hormonal fluxes...GREAT! But, of course without them, I would not have the most beautiful of children, so thank you Lord!!
Anyways lets cut to the chase..This is a natural product I have researched about for us(perimenopausal) women and those who are a little wiser:)(menopausers!!)
As we get older, our PROGESTERONE supplies dwindle. Estrogen can be very dominant and everything in the environment and food contains so much estrogen ie. plastics, non-organic foods, non-organic meats etc... So this creates an imbalance in our hormones because estrogen and progesterone should be in their perfectly balanced state for us to feel FABULOUS right? Right!! So before you run to your gyno for some BCP's and HRT(menopausers) Please educate yourselves on this first. It is ALWAYS better to put natural things into your body than man-made chemicals with nasty side effects. Pictured below is a brand I have used, there are so many just read the ingredients and make sure it is a natural Progesterone from wild yam and there are not parabens in them.

Here's a bit of interesting info on Natural Progesterone creams:

What Is A Hormone ?

Hormones are substances secreted into the bloodstream and are "produced by several glands and organs" in your body such as the ovaries, testes, thyroid, pancreas, pituitary, liver and others. They travel through the bloodstream from where they are produced to where they will interact with receptors to do the work for which they were intended. They "initiate reactions in the body," whereas enzymes usually help to facilitate them. Hormones regulate fluid retention, mineral metabolism, sexual function and libido, reproductive functions, growth and development, aging and numerous other functions.

What Is Progesterone ?

Natural Progesterone is an important hormone which is manufactured by the adrenal glands in men and the ovaries in women. Extra amounts are manufactured by the placenta during pregnancy. Progesterone is responsible for many bodily functions that are necessary for optimum health.

What Is Estrogen ?

Estrogen is a hormone produced in the body. Estrogen is to a woman what testosterone is to a man. However, women and men have some of each, but women have more. It's the basic female sex hormone and responsible for development of female characteristics. Estrogen is balanced in healthy individuals by progesterone.

What Are Xeno-Estrogens ?

These are synthetic compounds that occur as a result of our petrochemical industries and the environmental pollution. When ingested or exposed to our bodies, they will act like estrogen and can cause the same negative effects, such as the unopposed synthetic estrogen prescribed by physicians.

What Are Progestins ?

Progestins are synthetic compounds that are intended to mimic the actions of natural progesterone. However, they can actually cause numerous side effects and should be avoided at all cost.

What Is Hormonal Imbalance ?

Hormonal imbalance is a term that has become popular to describe an incorrect relationship that exists between levels of progesterone and estrogen. It will occur in nearly every instance synthetic hormones are prescribed by physicians.

Can You Explain Hormone Cycles ?

During the first half of a woman's monthly cycle her body is prepared for accepting a fertilized egg. As estrogen levels increase during the first half of the cycle, water and nutrient storage takes place. At this point, progesterone will begin to become the "dominant hormone" for the second half of the cycle. If fertilization occurs, progesterone levels increase to very high levels for several months. If fertilization does not occur, levels of both estrogen and progesterone lessen, but progesterone remains dominant.

What Is HRT ?

An abbreviation for... "Hormone Replacement Therapy." Several years ago it became quite popular for doctors to prescribe the hormone estrogen for menopausal symptoms in women. They thought they were replacing the hormones lost with the advent of menopause. But now contemporary physicians know that estrogen is not the hormone needing to be replaced. They are becoming increasingly aware that it is progesterone that is desperately in need of replacing. So, when synthetic estrogen is given, it actually aggravates the symptoms all the more. Later, synthetic estrogen products were formulated to include synthetic progestins to offset the bad effects of estrogen dominance. This vicious cycle is just now beginning to be understood with the advent of natural progesterone.

What Benefits Can I Expect ?

There is much evidence that men and especially women, suffer from reduced levels of progesterone. And keeping our progesterone levels to optimum levels can help fight depression & anxiety, increase sexual libido, prevent bone loss (osteoporosis), fight aging skin, wrinkles and brown spots, help oxygenation of cells, alleviate sleeplessness, control acne, reduce premenstrual discomforts, protect against breast fibroids, reduce hair thinning, reduce hot flashes etc.

Why Natural Progesterone Only ?

Synthetic progesterone (progestins) simply do not perform the same functions in the body. They can even lower your levels of progesterone. Natural progesterone is also the precursor to many other hormones in your body, so it is imperative that it be used in its natural form.

What About My Emotions ?

Most women notice a leveling off of their emotions when they get their progesterone levels up to where they should be, especially if they've been victim to estrogen dominance. Some women have actually reported a feeling of well-being or euphoria. Thus, it's been dubbed "the happy hormone."

What About Using Progesterone If I Am On Birth Control Pills ?

Birth control pills usually contain synthetic progestins. It is not recommended to take them together. Birth control pills have been known to cause many health problems when taken over a long period of time.

Do Post-Menopausal Or Hysterectomized Women Still Produce Hormones ?

The best way of describing a hysterectomy is this..."instant menopause." What is not really understood by most doctors is that the body continues to produce about 40% of the estrogen it once had been producing before menopause or hysterectomy, even though the ovaries have been removed. However, progesterone levels decrease more severely. The symptoms usually attributed to low estrogen are really due to a lack of progesterone. Women who are in this category seem to notice the benefits of natural progesterone much quicker than those who are still menstruating.

Can I Discontinue HRT ?

Many women now taking estrogen or estrogen combined with progestins are able to discontinue their HRT. Please consult with a medical professional before doing so. It is possible that if adequate natural progesterone levels were present, any needed estrogen could be made from it. Because progesterone sensitizes estrogen receptors, it makes sense to supplement with progesterone rather than estrogen. If you are taking hormone replacements and begin applying progesterone and do not lower estrogen dosages, you may experience symptoms of estrogen-dominance, so with your doctor's permission, lower your estrogen dose. Continue replacing your HRT with progesterone and after a while you will have discontinued your HRT.

How Can I Tell About My Progesterone Levels ?

A woman can usually tell by how she is feeling. However, blood or saliva testing is recommended. (Dr. John Lee recommends only the saliva test.)

What About Estrogen And Cancer ?

There is now no question that estrogen can be linked to certain cancers. For instance, it's been shown to contribute as much as a... 30% increase in breast cancer. It has also been shown that as many as two thirds of women taking estrogen can develop uterine lining abnormalities. Also, evidence is showing that estrogen use can be associated with cancer of the bladder, pancreas, cervix, endometrium and brain.

What About Osteoporosis ?

It is known that as much as 75% or more of women living in the United States will eventually develop osteoporosis. Fortunately, progesterone can stop it and even reverse already existing bone loss.

What About PMS ?

Estrogen dominance is usually associated with PMS. In the earlier parts of the cycle and just before it begins, progesterone levels are usually low while estrogen levels are beginning to increase. Applying progesterone is one sure way of balancing out the estrogen dominance. Numerous benefits can occur by using a progesterone cream during the month. It is usually recommended to use it each day, except the days of menses.

Should I Use Progesterone ?

It is highly recommended. Due to faulty diets, decreased nutrients in our foods and the stress that we experience, most women have reduced levels of all hormones, but especially progesterone. We are exposed to numerous xeno-estrogens (certain chemicals in the environment that have effects on the body similar to estrogen). Keep in mind that health problems arise from not only the estrogen itself, but from imbalance resulting from a deficiency in progesterone.
Estrogen Effects
  • Stimulates breasts cysts
  • Increases body fat storage
  • Salt and fluid retention
  • Depression and headaches
  • Interferes with thyroid hormone
  • Increases blood clotting and risk of stroke
  • Decreases libido (sex drive)
    Impairs blood sugar control
  • Loss of zinc and retention of copper
  • Reduced oxygen level in all cells
  • Increased risk of endometrial cancer
  • Increased risk of breast cancer
  • Helps decrease bone loss slightly
Progesterone Effects
  • Protects against breast cysts
  • Helps use fat for energy and keep it off hips
  • Natural diuretic (water pill)
  • Natural anti-depressant
  • Facilitates thyroid hormone action
  • Normalizes blood clotting
    Increases libido
  • Normalizes blood sugar levels
    Normalizes zinc and copper levels
  • Restores proper cell oxygen levels
  • Prevents endometrial cancer
  • Helps prevent breast cancer
  • Increases bone building