Progesterone means pro (supporting) gesterone (gestation or pregnancy).
Progesterone is the OTHER hormone your ovaries make, other than estrogen, and
its main function s to support pregnancy. Progestogens can be either natural or
synthetic. The natural form when taken by mouth is rapidly broken down by the
liver this is why in 1934 a synthetic form was developed. There are now more than 10 synthetic forms of progestogen (see chart). A new form called micronized (broken down into tiny particles) progesterone has recently become available,
the micronized progesterone resists breakdown.
Progestogens have been used for years in infertility treatment and to replace
the natural progesterone in women with premature ovarian failure. Progestogens
are used to treat abnormal uterine bleeding and for contraception in birth control pills and in
Depo-Provera®. They are also
used to prevent the negative effects of estrogen on the uterus when used for
hormone replacement therapy and they are used for the treatment of PMS.
There are two controversial topics you may have heard of. First is the use of
natural versus synthetic Progestogens in hormone replacement therapy. Second is
the use of progesterone in the treatment of PMS, especially the recent
popularity of the NATURAL PROGESTERONE CREAMS.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is recommended for most women after
menopause. HRT consists of the hormone estrogen and, if your uterus has not been
removed, progesterone. It's commonly known that estrogen supplementation alone
can cause endometrial (uterine) cancer. When a Progestogens is added, the chance
of uterine cancer is reduced below the base line level. One of estrogen's many
benefits is it's ability to reduce the risk of heart disease. One of the ways
estrogen does this is by increasing HDL or (good cholesterol). Synthetic Progestogens
tend to reduce this benefit. Natural micronized progesterone does
not appear to reduce estrogens positive effect on cholesterol. Therefore this is
one case where the natural form of progesterone may be better for you.
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is a major problem for millions of women around
the world. Until recently there has been no effective treatment. One of the
theories about the causes of PMS is that there is an imbalance between estrogen
and progesterone. This theory has led to the treatment of PMS with progesterone.
There have been over 20 scientific studies of the treatment of PMS with
progesterone, the vast majority of which have found progesterone to be
ineffective. There are a few small studies that have shown some relief of some
symptoms of PMS with progesterone. Progesterone, especially in EXPENSIVE cream
form is marketed as a cure for obesity, depression, foggy thinking, osteoporosis
and wrinkles to name a few. These claims, made by some manufactures are
villosa) Yams produce a compound that is used by the pharmaceutical industry to
produce progestogens. The human body can NOT do this. Many PMS and menopausal
remedies contain wild yam or Mexican yam extract. Often claims are made that
this product is in fact progesterone, it is not. Dioscorea may have beneficial
effects and it may be useful for some conditions, but it is not the
Progestogens should not be used if you have had blood clots in the legs (thrombophlebitis)
or liver disease. Use in pregnancy requires careful physician surveillance.
Progesterone can also cause bloating, breast tenderness, weight gain, headache,
moodiness and irregular vaginal bleeding. Progestogens can cause some medical
conditions to worsen examples are asthma, heart failure, epilepsy and migraine
headache. Natural progesterone
tends to have fewer side effects.
of the most effective herbal products available today, Imperial Gold Maca™ has been making a
strong presence in the United States and many foreign countries. Sold usually in health food stores
and internet or by women who have used the product and now distribute it,
Imperial Gold Maca™ seems to be coming the natural choice of most women. With a
reputation of no known side effects, which is highly desirable, Imperial Gold
Maca™ may also increase energy, stamina, alertness and fertility
User's who have tried drug products rave of the natural benefits.
Gaining popularity slowly, it seems to be a word of mouth campaign conducted by
the 1000's of women who are currently advocates of this herb that may
promote estrogen and progesterone naturally. The best source of
progesterone and estrogen is your own body. For the most part,
nothing could be more natural, and carry no risk of known side effects.