Have you tried "the original natural progesterone
creamŪ?" Thousands of women rely on Pro-GestŪ monthly. Experience life
changes with Pro-GestŪ to maintain balance in your life, to help you feel in
harmony with your body, and for menstruation and menopause solutions. For
over 20 years Pro-GestŪ has been the preferred choice of women of all ages.
The only natural progesterone cream supported by
Pro-GestŪ has been available for over 20 years and is
the natural progesterone cream women ask for by name. Health care
professionals and leading physicians support its use as it is the only
natural progesterone cream supported by clinical studies.*
In a womans body the majority of progesterone is secreted by the corpus
luteum, which forms in the ovary following ovulation. During the second half
of each monthly cycle, from ovulation until menses, progesterone is designed
to be the dominant hormone. Not all women produce sufficient amounts of
progesterone during the second half of their cycle. Prior to menopause, as
ovarian function wanes, cycles frequently occur where a woman does not
ovulate (known as an anovulatory cycle). This period leading up to menopause
is referred to as "perimenopause." Anovulatory cycles that begin in
perimenopause can lead to hormone changes that may result in hot flashes,
changes in bleeding patterns, PMS-type symptoms, as well as many other
menopausal symptoms. While progesterone levels fall close to zero due to
anovulatory cycles at menopause, estrogen levels may only decline to about
40-60% of pre-menopausal levels. Progesterone has a number of important
roles relative to menopause. It is the natural balancer to estrogen, as well
as being necessary for optimum estrogen utilization. Research over the years
has also revealed other vital roles of progesterone on the heart, blood
vessels, nerves and brain. Many women find that supplementing with
progesterone allows them to achieve a balance once again.
Use Massage 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cream into skin twice
daily for 21 days. Discontinue for seven days and repeat. Individual needs
Pro-GestŪ Body Cream has not been tested on animals
progesterone is in Pro-GestŪ?
Pro-GestŪ cream is manufactured to contain 450 milligrams
(mg) of natural progesterone per ounce (900 mg per two-ounce tube). Each 1/4
tsp contains approximately 20 mg of natural progesterone.
|How does a
woman use Pro-GestŪ?
Pro-GestŪ is best used according to your menstrual status.
To apply, measure the cream into the palm of the hand, and rub into the
inner arms, inner thighs, abdomen, or chest, rotating the areas where
applied. Pro-GestŪ is best applied twice daily. The following are general
recommendations that should be confirmed or modified in concert with your
health care provider. Please keep in mind these are general recommendations
that may need to be adjusted for your specific situation.
their reproductive years: Pro-GestŪ is best used
during the second half of the menstrual cycle, for the two weeks prior to
Days 1 (first day of bleeding) -13: do not use Pro-GestŪ.
Days 14 - 21: use 1/4 teaspoon of Pro-GestŪ twice a day.
Days 22-28: use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Pro-GestŪ twice a day.
|Women who are perimenopausal
(still menstruating, with cycle changes):
Days 1 (first day of bleeding) - 7: do not use Pro-GestŪ.
Days 8-21: use 1/4 teaspoon of Pro-GestŪ twice a day.
Days 22-28: use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Pro-GestŪ twice a day.
If your period begins early, STOP using the Pro-GestŪ while
you are bleeding. Count the first day of bleeding as day one, and begin the
cycle again. If your period is late, use the cream for up to 3 weeks (day 28
of your cycle), then take a week off. If your period has not started by the
end of the week off, resume use of the cream as described above for days
8-28 or until your period starts. STOP the cream when your period begins.
Count the first day of bleeding as day one of your cycle, and begin the
cycle over again.
are menopausal or post-menopausal (no longer menstruating):
Choose a calendar day (e.g. first day of the month) as
Days 1-7: do not use Pro-GestŪ.
Days 8-30 (or 31): use 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of Pro-GestŪ twice a day.
If needed, you may use up to 1/2 teaspoon of Pro-GestŪ twice a day according
to the same schedule.
progesterone help raise estrogen levels?
|There is no
evidence that supplementing with natural progesterone will raise estrogen
levels in the body. From salivary test results, we know that women using
natural progesterone cream do not by and large see an increase in their
estrogen levels. We do know that progesterone and estrogen, like many of the
hormones in the body, work synergistically. The presence of progesterone
sensitizes estrogen receptors in the body, making circulating estrogen
levels work better without changing the actual levels of estrogen.
Progesterone performs this role with other hormones as well. Since women's
bodies have the ability to produce some estrogens after menopause, many
women find that supplementation of progesterone is enough, or at least part
of the picture for addressing symptoms. For women who are very thin, who
have had hysterectomies at a younger age, or have certain risk factors, like
high cholesterol or heightened bone loss, some form of estrogen or
phytoestrogens may be necessary to completely fulfill their bodies' needs.
Keep in mind that the balance of the different hormones is important and
should by tailored to the individual.
difference between synthetic progestins and natural progesterone?
||"Natural" progesterone (also
termed USP Progesterone) refers to a single molecular structure that is
"bio-identical" to the progesterone molecule that the body makes. Synthetic
"progestins" or "progestogens," do not exactly duplicate the body's own
progesterone molecule. They mimic the body's progesterone closely enough to
bind to progesterone receptor sites and have some progesterone-like effects,
but they do not deliver the full range of "messages" that a natural
progesterone molecule would. As such, synthetic progestins are not
recommended for use during pregnancy; pregnancy requires progesterone.
Synthetic progestins will not increase the serum or salivary levels of
progesterone. In fact, synthetic progestins may cause a decrease in the
body's levels of natural progesterone by blocking the process of
progesterone production. In contrast, research studies show that topical
(skin) applications of natural progesterone may increase salivary and serum
levels of progesterone. Natural progesterone is available through topical
applications, oral micronized progesterone, injectable progesterone, vaginal
gel, suppositories, and sublingual drops or troches.
difference between wild yam and progesterone?
||Wild yam, Dioscorea barbasco, is
an herb that has been used historically in herbal medicine for women's
health. Some of the actions of wild yam include smooth muscle relaxation and
a mild diuretic effect. Contrary to some information provided by companies
producing wild yam products, wild yam does not convert into progesterone in
the body. This conversion can only occur in a laboratory setting. The body
may absorb wild yam extract through the skin, which may in turn have some
effect on menopausal symptoms, yet research on both oral and topical
applications of wild yam extract demonstrate no change in progesterone
levels in the body.
|What is USP
||United States Pharmacopoeia (USP)
Progesterone simply means progesterone that exactly duplicates the
progesterone naturally produced in the body, or "bio-identical"
progesterone. The title "USP Progesterone" differentiates natural
progesterone from synthetic progestins or progestogens.
progesterone have any side effects?
|Progesterone binds with
progesterone receptor sites in the brain and causes a calming effect on the
central nervous system. In excessive amounts, progesterone may have a
relaxing effect on the brain, and may cause drowsiness. In a very small
group of women who are extremely sensitive, progesterone of any kind may
aggravate hormonal headaches or PMS symptoms. There are no long-term adverse
effects noted for supplemental progesterone in amounts that replicate
physiological levels of progesterone in the body.
|What is natural
progesterone's role in PMS?
|There are several different types
of PMS recognized. Women who suffer from certain types of PMS may have a
relative excess of estrogen, caused by either a low progesterone level or
too much estrogen in relation to progesterone. This condition is often
termed "estrogen dominance". Common symptoms of estrogen dominance include
breast tenderness, bloating, irritability and mood swings. If your PMS is a
result of excess estrogen or insufficient progesterone, then supplementing
progesterone during the second half of your cycle (from the time of
ovulation until menses) may help reduce PMS symptoms.
natural progesterone with oral birth control pills alter their
|Using natural progesterone should
not alter the effectiveness of oral birth control pills providing you keep
taking the oral birth control pills as prescribed. Birth control pills may
be progestin only pills (synthetic progestins), or a combination of
progestins and estrogen. Adding supplemental progesterone will only increase
the progestational effect in the body.