Frequently Ask Questions About Hormonal Imbalance
Q. WHAT IS A HORMONE?
A. Hormones are substances secreted directly 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 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.
Q. WHAT IS PROGESTERONE?
A. Natural Progesterone is an important hormone manufactured by the adrenal glands in men and women and in the ovaries in women. Extra amounts are manufactured by the placenta during pregnancy. Progesterone is responsible for numerous functions taking place that are necessary for optimum health.
Natural progesterone is a very good starting place. However there are other things you may have to do. You will have to take a good look at your diet and life style. You may have to use Herbs and supplements and get more exercise. In addition to that you may need to cleanse your colon in order to get rid of the toxic build up which will allow your body to heal. This is very important because if your colon is full of toxins, your liver will not perform adequately.
Q. HOW CAN I KNOW WHAT MY PROGESTERONE LEVEL IS?
A. A woman can usually tell by how she feels. However, blood or saliva testing is recommended. (Dr. John Lee recommends only the saliva test, he says that it is the most accurate.) Fortunately, progesterone is a protective hormone intended for mothers and their fetuses in huge amounts. That is as safe as it gets. It has no known side effects and is nontoxic. The doses suggested are intended to keep the supplemental amount in harmony with the normal physiological level. In addition, "Don't guess when you can test!" A simple saliva test to determine your progesterone levels is available to you from:
Q. WHAT IS ESTROGEN?
A. Estrogen is a hormone produced in the body. Estrogen is to a woman what testosterone is to a man. However, both women and men have some of each, but women have more. It is the basic female sex hormone and is responsible for the development of female characteristics. It is balanced in healthy individuals by progesterone.
Q. WHAT ARE XENO-ESTROGENS?
A. These are synthetic compounds that occur as a result of petrochemical industries and environmental pollution. When ingested or exposed to our bodies, they act like estrogen and can cause the same negative effects such as the unopposed synthetic estrogen that is prescribed by physicians.
Q. WHAT ARE PROGESTINS?
A. Progestins are synthetic compounds that are intended to mimic the actions of natural progesterone. However, they actually cause numerous side effects and should be avoided.
Q. WHAT IS HORMONAL IMBALANCE?
A. Hormonal imbalance is a term that has become popular to describe an incorrect relationship that exists between levels of progesterone and estrogen. It occurs in nearly every instance where synthetic hormones are prescribed by physicians.
Q. CAN YOU EXPLAIN "HORMONE CYCLES"?
A. 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 begins 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.
Q DO POST-MENOPAUSAL OR HYSTERECTOMIZED WOMEN STILL PRODUCE HORMONES?
A. The best way to describe a hysterectomy is "instant menopause." What is not really understood by most doctors is that the body continues to produce about 40% of the estrogen it had been producing before menopause or hysterectomy, even through 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.
Q. IS NATURAL PROGESTERONE USEFUL FOR HYSTERECTOMIZED, OOPHORECTOMIZED AND MENOPAUSAL WOMEN?
Yes. Many women experience hot flashes following premenopausal hysterectomy oophorectomy (complete removal of ovaries), and in the beginning of the natural onset of menopause. The cream which contains natural progesterone is effective for relieving symptoms of hot flashes. Most women have reported a complete cessation of flushing within 3 to 8 weeks.
Q. WHAT IS HRT?
A. HRT is an abbreviation for Hormone Replacement Therapy. Several years ago it became popular for doctors to prescribe the hormone estrogen for women with menopausal symptoms. They thought they were replacing the hormones lost with the advent of menopause. Contemporary physicians now 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, these synthetic estrogen products were formulated to include synthetic progestins to offset some of the bad effects of estrogen dominance. This vicious cycle is just now beginning to be understood with the advent of natural progesterone.
Q. I am ALREADY TAKING HORMONES FROM MY DOCTOR, WHY SHOULD I SWITCH TO NATURAL HORMONES?
Natural hormones are simply an alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Synthetic progesterone (known as progestins) has many side effects, and synthetic estrogen can be dangerous to your health, especially if taken without any progesterone. If someone is taking both synthetic estrogen and progestins, a gradual step is to substitute natural progesterone cream; and gradually reduce the synthetic estrogen. (Reduce estrogen by one-half and continue to reduce over 90 days until discontinued use).
G. WHY IS A PREMIUM QUALITY PROGESTERONE CREAM SUPERIOR TO CAPSULES OR SUPPOSITORIES?
Nature did not intend women to put hormones into their stomachs. Consequently, about 80% of orally administered progesterone is intercepted by the liver and passed out of the body, unused. Progesterone in suppository form is also intercepted by the liver and bound up by the wax vehicle. In either case, because there is no sound basis for putting an extra burden on the liver, informed women have chosen to use a transdermal cream which is almost 100% biologically available, as shown by salivary hormone assays.
Q. CAN I DISCONTINUE HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?
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 your estrogen dosage, 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.
Q. WHAT BENEFITS CAN I EXPECT FROM NATURAL PROGESTERONE?
A. There is much evidence that men and women, especially women, suffer from reduced levels of progesterone. Keeping progesterone levels to optimum levels can help fight depression and 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.
Q. ARE THERE ANY OTHER BENEFITS OF NATURAL PROGESTERONE USE?
Additional benefits for women include: improved brain function, diminished muscular aches and pains, improvement of skin problems including acne, seborrhea, rosacea, psoriasis and keratoses, and improved sleep pattern.
Q. WHY NATURAL PROGESTERONE ONLY?
A. 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 a precursor to many other hormones in your body, so it is imperative that it be used in its natural form.
Q. WHY PROGESTERONE? ISN'T MEXICAN WILD YAM ENOUGH?
A component of yam (diosgenin) was, at one time, thought to be converted in the body to progesterone but that has been proven to be unsubstantiated. In fact, while it has certain health benefits, there are no published studies that would allow one to conclude that Mexican Wild Yam will increase progesterone levels in humans or animals. Only supplemental natural progesterone has been demonstrated to increase serum and saliva progesterone levels in women, a fact that is verified by ample clinical and published scientific research.
Q. SHOULD I USE PROGESTERONE IF I AM ON BIRTH CONTROL PILLS?
A. 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.
Q. CAN I DISCONTINUE HRT?
A 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 your estrogen dosage, 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.
Q. HOW DO I KNOW IF I SHOULD USE PROGESTERONE?
If you have PMS symptoms. PMS symptoms are those symptoms which occur consistently a week or 10 days before the period and stop with or shortly thereafter. If you have Estrogen Dominance symptoms. These symptoms are water retention, breast swelling, fibrocystic breast, uterine fibroid, loss of libido, mood swings, depression, craving for sweets, and weight gain, fat deposited at hips and thighs. 50 Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
Q. Should estrogen be used without natural progesterone?
Definitely not. It is very important that natural progesterone be used with any form of estrogen. Estrogen without progesterone can cause endometrial and vaginal carcinomas. Estrogen blocks thyroid production and causes water retention; and it can cause fibrocystic breast disease and even fibroid tumors and cysts in the ovary area.
Q. IF NATURAL PROGESTERONE IS SO WONDERFUL, WHY ISN'T IT USED BY MY DOCTOR?
A. This is the question most frequently asked of Dr. Lee during his more than 30 years of active clinical practice. To quote from Dr. Lee: "The medical-industrial complex refers to the close knit association of organized medicine with the pharmaceutical manufacturers and governmental medical regulatory agencies... The system taken together is neither necessarily corrupt nor evil, but, like any human agency, is subject to the frailties and faults of humankind. Medical research is dependent on the billions of dollars of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the private pharmaceutical industry. The two are closely interlocked.
Any given pharmaceutical company, like any private enterprise, must make a profit to stay alive. Profit comes from the sales of patent medicines. The system is not interested in natural (non-patentable) medicines, regardless of their potential health benefits. Thus the flow of research funding does not extend to products which cannot be patented.
Few people know that the definition of malpractice hinges on whether or not the practice is common among one's medical peers and has little (usually nothing) to do with whether the practice is beneficial or not. A doctor willing to study, to learn the ins and outs of an alternative medical therapy, and to put what he has learned into practice in helping patients is potentially exposing himself to serious charges of malpractice.
But what does all this have to do with natural progesterone? The answer is quite simple, really. Ample medical research regarding progesterone was carried on from the 1940's through the 1960's, and amply reported in mainline, recognized medical literature. Since the early 1970's, however, medical research has become much more expensive and the grants subsidizing progesterone research, (or any unpatentable medicine or treatment technique), have dried up and been blown away by the contemporary trade winds of synthetic drugs, particularly the progestins. The potential market for patentable progestins is vast--contraceptive pills, irregular menses, osteoporosis--literally every woman through the age of puberty on is a target for a sale. Do you think the prevailing powers wish to see this lucrative market left to an over-the-counter natural product not in the hands of physician prescribers and not controlled by the pharmaceutical industry?
Thus, when he (the physician) hears of the use of natural progesterone, he wonders why none of his associates know about it. If it is not commonly known, 'it must in some way be false and/or unapproved.' Having given lectures on the role and medical uses of natural progesterone, I have observed numerous instances wherein perfectly fine physicians will inquire about obtaining product for use by their wives or mother-in-law but not for their patients.
What can account for such behavior by professionals? I suspect that it is fear of alienation from the flock that is paramount in their minds.
If progestins were the equivalent of natural progesterone in effect and safety, the argument would be moot. But progestins are not the equivalent of natural progesterone and never will be." --Dr. John R. Lee, CA, USA
Q. WHAT EXACTLY IS NATURAL PROGESTERONE AND HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM SYNTHETIC PROGESTERONE?
Natural progesterone, a cholesterol derivative, comes from the Mexican yam. It matches exactly the chemical formulation of the body's own progesterone. Manufacturers alter the chemical makeup of progesterone in order to create progestins. Progestins in their altered molecular structure may cause many side effects, such as birth defects or abortion, fluid retention, epilepsy, migraine, asthma, cardiac or kidney dysfunction and depression.
Q. WHEN DO I USE NATURAL PROGESTERONE CREAM?
If you are still menstruating, use one-quarter teaspoon of cream twice a day after ovulation (which is generally 12-14 days from the first day of menstrual flow. You do not need natural progesterone while menstruating; however, if you experience menstrual cramps try rubbing a small amount of cream on the lower abdomen. For migraines, rub cream on back of your neck.
Q. ARE THERE ANY REPORTED SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH PROGESTERONE?
There are no reports of any significant side effects or health problems associated with natural progesterone. However, the Physician's Desk Reference has a long list of side effects and contraindications for what is commonly referred to as progesterone, but which are really synthetics.
Q. WHY IS A PREMIUM QUALITY PROGESTERONE CREAM SUPERIOR TO CAPSULES OR SUPPOSITORIES?
A. Nature did not intend women to put hormones into their stomachs. Consequently, about 80% of orally administered progesterone is intercepted by the liver and passed out of the body, unused. Progesterone in suppository form is also intercepted by the liver and bound up by the wax vehicle. In either case, because there is no sound basis for putting an extra burden on the liver, informed women have chosen to use a transdermal cream which is almost 100% biologically available, as shown by salivary hormone assays.
Endau Harmonizing Cream with Natural Progesterone Cream is different from other progesterone creams in that it has the unique Liposomal Delivery System. This allows the progesterone to be absorbed through the skin and used by the body. The liposomes allow large weight molecular structures to penetrate the skin. With other progesterone creams, they do not have the delivery system, so the benefits may not be as great. Also, you must change where you apply the cream from other companies because most others contain glycerin, a petroleum product, which builds up on the skin and does not allow anything to get through. You do not need to change where you apply Natural Progesterone Cream. We use NO petroleum products.
Q. ARE THERE ANY REPORTED SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH PROGESTERONE?
A. There are no reports of any significant side effects or health problems associated with natural progesterone. However, the Physician's Desk Reference has a long list of side effects and contraindications for what is commonly referred to as progesterone, but which are really synthetics.
Q. I'M POST MENOPAUSAL, WILL I START MENSTRUATING AGAIN IF I USE NATURAL HORMONES?
Occasionally, upon beginning use of natural hormone supplement, a post menopausal woman could experience some breakthrough bleeding, or a "period.' This is a perfectly normal response and is nothing to cause alarm. The progesterone is simply causing the body to rid itself of excess stored estrogen which can sometimes stimulate a uterine shedding - thus breakthrough bleeding. If this continues for longer than several months you should consult a physician.
Q. DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION FOR NATURAL HORMONES?
No. Natural hormones in a cream or oil base comes from Mexican yams which is technically a food product.
Q. CAN THE NATURAL PROGESTERONE CREAM BE USED ON ABRASIONS, MUSCLE SORENESS, CUTS AND SKIN ULCERS?
The natural progesterone cream is reported to alleviate aches and pains from cuts, bruises, lacerations and skin irritations. It has been used to rapidly heal skin ulcers and in some cases has been reported to benefit skin graft operations. People who have muscle fatigue have reported relief from rubbing the natural progesterone cream on the affected area.
Q. WHAT ABOUT MY EMOTIONS?
A. Most women notice a leveling off of their emotions when they get their progesterone levels up to where they should be, especially if they have been a victim of estrogen dominance. Some women actually report a feeling of well-being or euphoria. Thus, it has been dubbed 'the happy hormone.'
Q. SHOULD NATURAL PROGESTERONE BE USED DURING PREGNANCY?
A In his book, Premenstrual Syndrome & You, Neils H. Lauersen, MD, from the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, states that natural progesterone may be helpful to maintain pregnancy. However, synthetic progestagens should not be used because they may adversely affect the developing fetus.
No adverse effects on fetal development have been reported when natural progesterone was used during pregnancy. Dr. Lauersen says studies on the offspring of women who used natural progesterone during their pregnancies have given birth to especially well-adjusted children. Dr. Dalton summarized her 1968 research of 90 children whose mothers received ante-natal progesterone compared with matched controls. She noted that more children of mothers who had received ante-natal progesterone were still being breast-fed at six months; more flexibility occurred. were standing and walking at one year; and at nine to 10 years of age, more had demonstrated superior performance, compared to the control group, in academic subjects such as verbal reasoning, English, arithmetic and craft work. Both groups were equally developed in physical education. None of the ante-natal progesterone mothers experienced toxemia during the pregnancy; in the control group, more than half experienced toxemia.
The natural progesterone cream is not only safe for use during pregnancy, but is is also recommended. It is suggested to be used from conception to delivery, applied primarily to the abdomen, breast, lower back and upper thighs (where it will tend to prevent the skin from stretching). For the first 2 trimesters of pregnancy (the first six months), use an average of one-half to three-quarters of a teaspoon, 2-3 times a day. During the last trimester, apply one teaspoon 2-3 times a day. Discontinue at delivery and resume again at one-quarter teaspoon twice per day beginning one month after delivery. The natural progesterone cream is also useful for post-partum depression which many women experience after childbirth.
Q. WHAT CAUSES UNNATURAL FACIAL HAIR, ESPECIALLY ABOVE MY UPPER LIP?
A. This is a condition called 'hirsutism' (defined as excessive growth of facial and body hair). It indicates that there is a hormonal imbalance between estrogen, testosterone (dominant male hormone), and progesterone. As explained previously, progesterone acts as a regulator for the entire endocrine system. A woman who has the hirsute problem probably has PMS too. Both menopausal and menstruating women have reported that abnormal facial hair (and body hair) decreased or completely disappeared after three to six months of regular application of the natural progesterone cream twice a day.
Q I ALWAYS GET A YEAST INFECTION AFTER I TAKE ANTIBIOTICS OR WHILE I AM ON BIRTH CONTROL PILLS. I HAVE HEARD THAT HORMONES AGGRAVATE YEAST INFECTIONS, IS THIS TRUE?
A. Because of the general use of antibiotics given for a variety of conditions without accompanying acidophilus, Candida Albicans, the primary yeast fungus, has become a serious health problem for many women (and men). Candida also aggravates premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Natural progesterone supports all hormone activity in the body, so it acts to strengthen the body's defense (immune) system. However, the synthetic progestagens tend to weaken the immune system and in general should be avoided. The progesterone cream, which contains natural progesterone, can be safely used because it supports the immune system and thereby helps to correct the yeast fungus problems.
Q. HOW MUCH PROGESTERONE IS IN THE YOUR NATURAL PROGESTERONE CREAM?
A. There is 400mg of progesterone per once--1600mg of it in our 4 oz tube. There are approximately 96 doses of 1/4 teaspoon each in a 4 oz tube, and each 1/4 teaspoon contains approximately 17 mg of progesterone.
Q. HOW LONG WILL YOUR NATURAL PROGESTERONE CREAM LAST?
A. If used as directed one tube of Natural Progesterone Cream should last approximately one month - 4-6 weeks.
Q. CAN I ADD A SCENT TO THE NATURAL PROGESTERONE CREAM?
A. We have had much success mixing essential oils with Natural Progesterone Cream. Mixing 15-20 drops per ounce of Natural Progesterone Cream (Geranium, lemon or orange work well and they are relatively inexpensive) will give you a luscious smelling cream that will be a joy to use.
Q. CAN I USE NATURAL PROGESTERONE IF THERE IS FAMILY HISTORY OF BREAST OR UTERINE CANCER?
Yes, it is recommended. Breast cancer and endometrial cancer are two cancers that are related in some way or other to gonadal hormones. They occur in tissues sensitive to these hormones. Unopposed estrogen is the only known cause of endometrial cancer though there may be other factors involved. Estrogen, or at least one or more of the various estrogens, are thought to contribute to breast cancer.
Q. Does natural hormones help vaginal dryness?
Vaginal dryness can occur in women of all ages for various reasons, but it is primarily present in post menopausal women. Natural hormones in a cream base can be used intravaginally and has been very successful in treating vaginal dryness and vulvar atrophy associated with aging.
Q. Can natural progesterone help with endometriosis or fibrocystic breast?
There are many factors that affect both of these conditions, one common factor being a higher level of circulation estrogen, indicating a hormonal imbalance. Progesterone is the precursor hormone and it helps to normalize all other endocrine and hormonal activity in the body. In this case, assisting to lower the level of estrogen in the body and thus, possibly helping to clear these conditions.
Q. I SUFFER FROM DECREASED LIBIDO. CAN NATURAL PROGESTERONE HELP ME?
A. Decreased libido can come from many things. It can come from lack of progesterone. However it can also come from many psychological factors, medications, stress and a number of factors.
Q. WHAT IS APPLICATION OF NATURAL PROGESTERONE CREAM?
Natural progesterone (derived from the Mexican wild yam root) in a moisturizing cream can be applied to the face, hands, chest, abdomen, inner arms, inner thighs, and in cases of osteoporosis, to the entire trabecular spine. The cream is readily absorbed and leaves no trace after a few minutes. During absorption the cream bypasses the liver and goes to specific receptor sites where progesterone is needed. When the action is completed, residue is then excreted from the body. Absorption rate varies from person to person as does the relative need for progesterone.
Please Note: Everyone is different. Some women require more progesterone cream to help alleviate symptoms, while others can use less. For the first 3 months, use one 2 oz. jar per month. Then try cutting back on the amount of natural progesterone each month. If symptoms return, resume previous usage. It is important to stop using progesterone cream at least five days each month.
If you have PMS symptoms. PMS symptoms are those symptoms which occur consistently a week or 10 days before the period and stop with or shortly thereafter.
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