Do You Need Progesterone Treatment?

Premenopausal women cease to ovulate and only make estrogen,; their body does not produce progesterone and the question arises should they be offered supplemental progesterone. For women who ovulate regularly, their body does produce the progesterone they need, with no ovulation, too much estrogen relative to progesterone sets up an estrogen dominant situation.  In this estrogen dominant hormone environment the lining tissue of the uterus begins to change, periods can become heavier, longer, closer together, and women would like the relief that returning to a more natural younger hormone environment used to offer. Excess estrogen is harmful to the uterine lining called the endometrium, because when given unchecked it can produce polyps and precancerous changes. Prior to the 1980s all women on hormone therapy were given just estrogen alone, it was not known to offer women progesterone,and we saw a shockingly 29% increased rate of uterine cancers called endometrial cancer. But, there was a fix. And this is how the medication PremPro was born, and now this is why we have begun to have so many hormonal alternatives, many of which more naturally mimic the woman's biological hormones. Doctors found if they gave estrogen you also must take progesterone. The first potent progesterone used in that PremPro combination wasBioidentical Hormones and want individualized Compounded Hormones. Balances out that endometrial cancer risk, doesn’t it? Yes. Happy? Well, as Einstein would say, it’s all relative. While protecting the uterus from endometrial cancer, progesterone’s a new set of risks all it’s own. Progesterone compounds blunt the good effects of estrogen on your cholesterol, and may just be the reason menopausal hormone users see an increased risk of breast cancer.
provera, now many menopausal women who are on estrogen also take the natural, but much weaker micronized natural progesterone as we move towards


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