Natural Progesterone Creams

Written by Emily Ledbetter
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In the female body, progesterone is manufactured by the corpus luteum after ovulation occurs and the egg is released. The levels of progesterone in a woman's body rise and fall with the progression of her monthly cycles. At ovulation, the production of progesterone rises from two to three mg per day to an average of 22 mg per day. After ten or twelve days, if there is not successful fertilization, ovarian production of progesterone falls significantly. It is this sudden decline in progesterone, along with estrogen, levels that triggers the start of another menstrual cycle. If, for any reason, ovulation does not take place, progesterone will not be produced.

It is important to point out that natural progesterone creams contain the exact same hormone that is produced by the body. It is made from naturally occurring plant steroids found in the wild yam. Synthetic progesterone that is available with prescription can produce severe side effects including increased risk of cancer, abnormal menstrual flow, fluid retention, nausea and depression. Side effects are extremely rare with natural progesterone.

Benefits of Natural Progesterone

There is a delicate balance between estrogen and progesterone in the female body. When the body does not naturally produce enough (or any) progesterone, it is important to supplement with a natural progesterone cream to prevent estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance has been linked to breast cancer, painful menstruation, irregular cycles and difficult menopause. In addition to preventing estrogen dominance, natural progesterone cream serves to enhance overall hormonal balance as it is a building block to many other steroid hormones. It also stimulates bone building, guarding against osteoporosis, and prevents premature shedding of the uterine lining during pregnancy which could lead to miscarriage.

Natural progesterone cream can be applied to the following areas of the body and it is recommended that the application sites be rotated for maximum effect: palms of the hands, the face and neck, the upper chest and breast, the inside of the arms, and behind the knees.

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