Postmenopausal friend

My Journey With Progesterone

Postmenopausal friend

“I Recommend Progesterone”

Those were the words of my new physician.  He practices integrative medicine.

Integrative medicine is the practice of a combination of conventional and alternative medicine.

He, and other like practitioners, look at your history and symptoms and come up with lifestyle changes, supplements, hormones, foods and so on to improve or maintain your health.

Sometimes these changes can reverse chronic illness like Diabetes or Thyroiditis.

Anyway, back to progesterone.

Initially, I was leary of progesterone.

Remember back a couple of decades ago when women were getting breast cancer and it was tied to Prempro (a combination of Premarin (estrogen from mare’s urine) and Provera (Medroxyprogesterone, a synthetic version of progesterone the hormone your body makes).  It’s still on the market remarkably even with the Black Box Warning for Breast Cancer and Dementia.

Progestins vs. Progesterone: Same effects?

Synthetic progestins are molecularly different from natural progesterone and therefore do not metabolize to the same compounds as natural progesterone.  They do not show benefits for cognitive or anti-anxiety function.  In fact, they have not been found to have any of progesterone’s neuroprotective properties.  The progestin that has been the most extensively studied and which is commonly used in synthetic hormone replacement therapy, MPA (medroxyprogesterone acetate), has been found to have negative effects on the nervous system and even reduces the beneficial effects of estrogen.

You would think with my background in Obstetrics (retired Nurse Midwife) I would say “oh yeah, well Progestins (fake news) are different than Progesterone (the real deal)”

I know that hormones are very powerful substances made by the body and are not to be messed with if you don’t know what you are doing.

I said I would take it into consideration.

I contacted my friendly compounding pharmacist and he went over the pros and cons with me. This reassured me it was worth trying.

The doc wanted me to buy a bottle of manufactured (in that it was bottled in a plant) bioidentical progesterone.

I declined and went with my compounding pharmacist who had to call the doc to get a prescription.  What a guy.

It’s after 10 pm and I just administered my progesterone cream so I’m starting to feel a little sleepy.  Yes it can do that.

I’ll cover symptoms of progesterone deficiency next time.

Goodnight.

Terri

You Hav A Choice. Choose Health.

 

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