Progesterone


Does Progesterone Cause Breast Cancer??
24 Oct 2019

Does Progesterone Cause Breast Cancer??

“I was watching a video on YouTube and the doctor said progesterone increases the risk of your breast cancer when given with estrogen. Is that true? It’s so confusing!” I will start with a disclaimer. I have not watched the video in question so I am not 100% sure what was said. What I do know is this. I get this question at least once...

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The Difference Between Bioidentical Progesterone and Synthetic Progestins
26 Jun 2019

The Difference Between Bioidentical Progesterone and Synthetic Progestins

Let’s talk about progesterone and progestins. They are 2 very similar words, but from a hormone balance standpoint, they couldn’t be more different. Both provide a counterbalance to estrogen that helps protect the uterus from a constant estrogen barrage. This helps reduce the likelihood of uterine cancer. This is where the therapeutic similarities end.  What is Progesterone? Progesterone is the hormone that is primarily produced...

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5 Myths and Truths About Progesterone Supplementation
05 Jun 2019

5 Myths and Truths About Progesterone Supplementation

Progesterone is a go-to supplement for many women in perimenopause (and menopause, for that matter). It is very safe and widely available over-the-counter in cream forms as well as by prescription in oral form. Despite the widespread availability and safety, many myths abound in the medical community and there is a lot of misunderstanding among women who read conflicting information online. Here are some of...

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Dr. Anna’s Quickstart Guide to Progesterone and Progestins
08 Mar 2017

Dr. Anna’s Quickstart Guide to Progesterone and Progestins

A recent post about progesterone in the Hormone Harmony Club on Facebook sparked a lot of conversation among our members. Here’s the post: My doctor told me to stop my progesterone cream and prescribed Prometrium pills (1 at bed) and an estrogen gel pump (2 pumps at bed). I am SO worried about taking these and don’t know what to do. I’ve always been afraid...

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How to Keep the 7 Dwarves of Menopause Under Control
05 May 2016

How to Keep the 7 Dwarves of Menopause Under Control

Let’s talk about progesterone. This is the magic potion that keeps the 7 Dwarves of Menopause (Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Sweaty, Forgetful, and Psycho) and YOU cool, calm and collected. Progesterone is the hormone that is primarily produced in the second half of your menstrual cycle. In the first 14 days of the cycle, estrogen is in charge. Estrogen’s job is to grow the cells of the...

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07 Nov 2013

What to do When Perimenopause Steals Your Sleep

Chronic insomnia is one of the most debilitating symptoms of perimenopause for a lot of women (myself included). There’s nothing worse (IMHO) than lying awake staring at the clock while your hormones are having a PAR-TAY! What’s a girl to do??? Lack of sleep makes you cranky…that’s bad enough. But long-term insomnia can lead to other problems obesity, diabetes, hyper-tension, heart disease, depression, and impaired...

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03 Oct 2013

4 Sneaky Ways Your Body may be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Work

As many women enter perimenopause or approach menopause, they find themselves experiencing unexplained weight gain — especially around the waist and hips — despite their best attempts to diet. And suddenly, the usual weight loss tool box in empty. Weight gain in the abdomen is one of the most common complaints of perimenopausal women. Yet most women have been told that an extra 10–20 pounds...

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26 Sep 2013

What to do When Your Adrenal Glands are ready to Surrender

Every day, a wide range of physical and psychological stressors — a demanding job, raising a family, relationship dynamics, lack of sleep, financial pressures, suboptimal nutrition, dieting, unresolved emotional distress — signal your adrenal glands to produce stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol). This is helpful up to a point (because it helps us get our to-do lists done), but when our adrenal glands are required...

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29 Aug 2013

The Power of Progesterone

It’s time to talk about progesterone. This magical hormone is Snow White to the 7 Dwarves of menopause (Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Sweaty, Forgetful and Psycho). She keeps them cool, calm and collected. Despite her role as Best Supporting Actress, she’s probably the most ignored of the bioidentical hormones. So what’s progesterone?  It is the hormone that a woman’s ovaries produce in the second half...

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22 Aug 2013

How to Tell the Difference Between PMS and Perimenopause

Most women know that menopause is defined by the end of the menstrual cycle and typically occurs between the ages of 45-55. But many women don’t know about perimenopause. Perimenopause is the stage in a woman’s life that prepares her body for menopause during the 5-10 years before menopause actually happens. During this stage, estrogen levels are rising and falling, progesterone is dropping, and testosterone...

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