What is Natural Progesterone?
Progesterone is the name of a hormone made by the human body – both men and women. It does not exist in nature outside living mammals. Why is it referred to as “Natural Progesterone?” It is called “Natural” or “Bio-identical” if it is identical to the molecule manufactured by the human body.
Progesterone is not a generic name but is the name of the hormone produced by the corpus luteum after ovulation, and in smaller quantities by the adrenal gland. It is synthesized in humans in a biochemical pathway leading from cholesterol to pregnenolone to progesterone. In turn, progesterone is the precursor of corticosteroids and testosterone. Progesterone is also synthesized, in copious amounts, by the placenta during pregnancy.
What are Progestins?
Progestins is the name given to a class of compounds created and patented by various drug companies that resemble Progesterone – but are actually NOT Progesterone. Not only do Progestins not react like Natural Progesterone but instead the body actually treats Progestins (Provera for example) as it does a foreign substance. As a result the body often suffers many adverse reactions. The rather large and significant adverse reactions can be found listed in the for the various Progestins. They make sober reading.
What are the effects of Progesterone?
Progesterone is a specific molecule made by mammals and has multiple roles in your body. It affects every tissue in your body including the uterus, cervix, and vagina, the endocrine (hormonal) system, brain cells, fat metabolism, thyroid hormone function, water balance, peripheral nerve myelin sheath synthesis, bone cells, energy production and thermogenesis, the immune system, survival and development of the embryo, and growth and development of the fetus. It also has a direct bearing on the health of the prostate in men. Though referred to as a sex hormone, progesterone conveys no specific secondary sex characteristics and as such cannot be called a male or female hormone.
The fall of progesterone levels at menopause, is proportionately much greater than the fall of estrogen levels. While estrogen falls only 40 to 60 percent from baseline on average, progesterone can decline to nearly zero. Furthermore, anovulatory cycles will cause low progesterone levels on and off throughout the premenopausal years.
This results in a hormonal imbalance called “Estrogen Dominance” which leads to the many and varied problems associated with menopause as well as premenopause. In men, it affects the Prostate. What our Progesterone therapy does is to restore hormonal balance – as nature intended. Its effects are significant and quite rapid. Its effects are significant and quite rapid