Progesterone is one of the sex hormones and is made in the ovaries before menopause. After menopause, some progesterone is made in the adrenal glands. In a woman, there are many reasons why she can be deficient in progesterone. In fact, symptoms of progesterone loss is what frequently brings women to visit their doctor. Progesterone loss symptoms include: anxiety, depression, irritability, mood swings, insomnia, pain, osteoporosis, decreased HDL cholesterol and excessive menstruation. Causes of progesterone loss include stress, antidepressants, hypothyroidism, diets high in sugar and saturated fat and vitamin deficiencies including vitamin A, B6, Vitamin C and zinc.
Synthetic Progesterone Vs Natural Progesterone
Synthetic progesterone are called progestins. Progestins are molecularly similar but not exact copies of your naturally produced progesterone. That small difference makes all the difference when it comes to side effects and benefits. Side effects of progestins include increased appetite and subsequent weight gain. They can also cause fluid retention, irritability, depression decreased energy, decreased libido, headaches, bloating, acne, hair loss and insomnia.
Below are effects not seen with bio-identical progesterone:
|Helps balance estrogen||Increases scalp hair||Prevents cycle related migraines|
|Normalizes libido||Natural antidepressant||Helps regulate sleeping patterns|
|Has a natural calming effect||Helps the body use and eliminate fats.||Lowers cholesterol|
Estrogen Progesterone Ratio
It is important to keep a correct ratio of progesterone to estrogen. Not doing so can produce undesired effects like the following:
|Increase weight gain||Increase total cholesterol||Cause fatigue|
|Increase risk of insulin resistance||Decrease growth hormone.||Cause depression|
|Suppress the immune system||Decrease libido||Increase carbohydrate cravings.|
It is clear from the discussion thus far that natural (bio-identical) progesterone offers a safer approach to hormone replacement therapy than synthetic progesterone. If you are experiencing symptoms as discussed above don´t hesitate to contact us to set up an appointment.
For more information on bio-identical hormone replacement therapies, please email us at: info@AntiAgeCR.Com.
We will save you up to 50% on your bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, medical consultation and treatment at our clinic. For those that elect to be evaluated for human growth hormone replacement therapy, savings may be even more.