Progesterone’s job in your body is to balance the effects of estrogen. Where estrogen is growth stimulating, progesterone is growth limiting. Estrogen is mood elevating; progesterone has a sedative effect on mood. One of progesterone’s tasks is to prevent menstrual bleeding from becoming too profuse or long lasting (a symptom common with estrogen dominance). Often, progesterone is often combined with estrogen replacement therapy to control perimenopause symptoms and to provide menopause relief.
If youre in early menopause (or premenopause), here’s a checklist to help you find out if your body produces enough progesterone. If two of these symptoms apply to you, you may benefit from natural progesterone replacement.
o My sleep quality is poor.
o I am often unable to concentrate.
o I’m unable to remain calm under stress.
o I suffer from PMS.
o I’m over 50.
o I’m in perimenopause or early menopause.
o I have a decreased interest in sex.
o I have heavy, irregular bleeding.
o I have premenstrual bloating or swollen breasts.
Most of my patients tend to prefer natural progesterone cream, which is available without a prescription. A typical dosage of natural progesterone cream is 20 mg a day or one-quarter to one-half teaspoon amounts applied to any clean area of the skin twice a day. Look for a product that contains 400 600 mg of progesterone per ounce like Pro-Gest or Fem-Gest.