Progesterone Cream & Hormone Balance
Are Progesterone Supplements Safe?
What are hormones and what do they do?
What is Progesterone?
FemBasis supports natural hormonal balance, for optimum health… because Balance is Important.
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FemBasis Progesterone Skin Creams — Support Natural Progesterone Balance
A More Natural Approach to Hormone Balance — FemBasis Progesterone Creams have been carefully researched and formulated to provide an optimum bio-availability of United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Micronized Natural Progesterone derived from wild yam root. Rather than use a commonly available skin cream base, as some others have done, FemBasis Progesterone Creams are chemical free and is uniquely blended with organic plant based nutrients and vitamins that are sourced, whenever possible, from non-GMO alternatives. We are also very proud of what we don’t have in our Progesterone Cream as well! (See “Ingredients”)
What is This Product For?
Most women begin to lose production of important hormones like Progesterone and Estrogen in their thirties. The decreasing production of important natural hormones such as Progesterone, often called ‘The Balancing Hormone,’ eventually results in what is called Peri-menopause, which advances to Menopause and then to a Post-Menopause state. As these changes occur, many women are prescribed synthetic progesterone (Medroxyprogesterone) which is referred to as a “Progestin” and/or a synthetic conjugated equine estrogen – estrogen derived from the urine of pregnant horses, as a traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Many detrimental medical conditions and negative side effects are associated with synthetic HRT (see “Additional Answers to Important Health Questions”).
Many women are realizing they have the healthier choice of a more natural alternative to hormone balance, using naturally sourced Progesterone rather than synthetic progestin, and estrogen as commonly recommended, in traditional HRT. Watch this video to learn more about hormones.
FemBasis Progesterone Creams supports Natural Progesterone Balance – naturally! Our creams are a definite consideration for Peri-menopause, Menopausal, and Post-Menopause Progesterone deficiencies, and the conditions and discomforts often associated with decreased hormonal production, such as night sweats and hot flashes. Many additional health benefits have been researched and reported with the balancing effect of Natural Progesterone (see “Additional Answers to Important Health Questions”).
FemBasis Progesterone Cream supports Progesterone Balance for optimum hormone balance….because Balance is Important!
How Do I Use FemBasis Progesterone Cream?
Progesterone Creams are provided in three-ounce bottles, providing approximately 50 pumps (applications), delivering 30mg of Natural Progesterone per application, which is approximately a two-month supply for most women. This product is for topical use only and should not be taken internally.
For most women, one full pump, once a day applied to the inner thighs, legs or upper arm areas is sufficient. For menstruating women, apply on days 12 through 27, of your cycle, assuming day one is when your period starts. For post-menopausal women, apply for 25 consecutive days followed by a five-day intermission.
FemBasis Progesterone Creams are professionally endorsed, effective and safe to use, when applied as directed.
Read “The Frequently Asked Questions” and “Additional Answers to Important Health Questions” sections to receive valuable additional information.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is FemBasis Progesterone Cream?
The purpose of FemBasis Natural Progesterone skin cream is to provide the bio-availability of USP Micronized Natural Progesterone (identical to the body’s own progesterone) as an alternative to synthetics, in support of natural hormonal balance in women.
And, even though Natural Progesterone can be transported transdermally (through the skin) with a variety of skin formulations, it is especially important to use a chemical free ‘carrier’ formula, as in FemBasis, that synergizes with Natural Progesterone in the most optimum way, while providing additional healthy benefits for the skin as well.
For this reason FemBasis Progesterone Cream skin cream is rich in all naturally sourced plant nutrients and vitamins that have been derived from organic, non-GMO sources, whenever possible. The cream is manufactured under strict quality controls, and the formula contains an optimal content of US manufactured, standardized, United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Micronized Natural Progesterone derived from wild yam root. We do not source USP Progesterone from China or any other offshore location.
The FemBasis Progesterone Cream formula provides an efficacious, balanced, bio-available, and exceptional natural progesterone option for women who wish to support hormonal balance naturally. The ‘FemBasis’ Brand cream is manufactured in the USA and distributed by Natura Libra LLC. Watch this video to learn more about our cream.
FemBasis Progesterone Cream is professionally endorsed, effective and safe to use, when applied as directed.
NOTE: All of FemBasis products are plant based and naturally sourced formulas. Even though a negative or allergic reaction, with the use of our products, would be extremely rare, caution should be taken with regard to your known or suspected allergic parameters. If you are personally concerned with how you may react to any of the ingredients in FemBasis products, you might try a small amount to a skin area, such as the back of the wrists, and wait several days to observe any allergic reactions. If you experience any negative reaction or irritation, do not continue to use the product and consult your health care provider with any questions you may have regarding the use of this or any FemBasis product.
Ingredients: “All of the Best and None of the Rest”
Purified Water, Pure Aloe Vera Gel*, Avocado Oil, USP Micronized Natural Progesterone (derived from Wild Yam Root), Carrot Oil, Japanese Green Tea Extract, Rosehips Oil, Lemon Grass Oil*, Vegetable Glycerin, Rosemary Extract*, Chamomile Extract*, Milk Thistle Extract*, Stearic Acid ( Vegetable Oil), Dexapanthenol Vitamin B-5, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin E (Tocopherol) and Grape Seed Extract*
*Certified Organic – Naturally Sourced – Plant Based
No Mineral Oil or Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil. No Parabens or Phenoxyethanol. No Propylene Glycol Chemical Free – Fragrance Free – No Animal Testing – Made in the USA under Strict Quality Controls
FemBasis Natural Progesterone cream provides bio-availability of USP Micronized Natural Progesterone in support of Hormone balance in women. Even though Progesterone can be effectively transported transdermally (through the skin) with a variety of skin formulations, it is especially important to use a ‘carrier’ formula that synergizes with Progesterone in the most optimum way while providing additional healthy benefits for the skin.
Important Ingredients Found in FemBasis Natural Progesterone Cream.
USP Micronized Natural Progesterone – Derived from Wild Yam Root. Micron is a unit of measure which is equal to 1/250,000 of an inch – a very tiny particle. If progesterone is micronized, it has been broken down into tiny particles. Not all progesterone is micronized. Higher grade bioidentical progesterone is usually micronized and will state so clearly on the label. Additionally, micronized natural progesterone, as opposed to non-micronized, is optimal for transdermal (through the skin) delivery.
USP is an acronym for the United States Pharmacopeia, a non-governmental organization recognized and used by over 130 countries, which sets public standards for prescription and over-the-counter medications and healthcare products, manufactured and/or sold in the United States. The USP sets standards for purity, quality, strength, and consistency. All products given USP approval have been subjected to a rigorous set of quality standards.
Pure Aloe Vera Gel – Labeled the “plant of immortality” by ancient Egyptians, Aloe Vera provides healing benefits whether taken internally or applied externally. Aloe Vera is one of the most effective skin soothers in nature. It conditions and hydrates dry, rough or sun-exposed skin on contact. It’s antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal and is extracted from the leaf of certified organic plants.
Avocado Oil – Due to the chemical composition of avocado oil, it has a remarkable capability of retaining water in the skin, making it an excellent skin moisturizer. When applied on the skin, it is easily absorbed deeply into the skin layers, which encourages supple and soft tissue. The oil naturally triggers the production of collagen by the skin and, in addition, it shields the skin against age-related wrinkles, fine lines and other aging signs.
Carrot Oil – This essential oil is packed with natural healing properties, and has been used for centuries by ancient Greeks and Indians. Rich in beta carotene, Vitamins A and E and pro-Vitamin A, Carrot Oil nourishes, tightens, and rejuvenates skin, helps to heal dry, chapped and cracked skin, balances the moisture in skin, helps to remove toxic build-up in the skin, and improves the skin’s complexion. Carrot oil has the ability to detoxify the blood, tissues, muscles and internal organs like the liver and kidneys. It is suitable for all skin types, especially for dry or mature aging skin.
Japanese Green Tea Extract – In traditional Chinese medicine green tea and its extracts are commonly used to prevent and treat a number of skin diseases, including skin cancer. The high content of different anti-oxidants, called polyphenols, and compounds called catechins that are present in green tea seems to be responsible for this by removing free radicals from the skin before they have a chance to attack the DNA in you skin’s cells.
Rosehips Oil – Rosehips oil is like a multivitamin for your skin: rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines. Rosehips is a remedy that was used by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans all because of its healing properties. Additionally, Rosehips is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, which helps to decrease environmental damage and soothe the skin. The oil can penetrate due to the Vitamin A, which has small enough molecules to go deeper into the skin. Vitamin A improves the skin’s moisture levels and reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Rosehips oil is well-tolerated on all skin types.
Lemon Grass Oil – Lemongrass is an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial herb. This means it will help limit bacterial or microbial growth on the skin. It can help ward off skin infections as well as lessen skin issues caused by bacterial infections, such as folliculitis and cellulitis. Lemongrass is also fungicidal, which means it helps cure fungus infections on the skin. The herb also acts as an astringent, which constricts the skin. This helps to minimize pores, limit the secretions of oil and provide a temporary skin-firming treatment.
Vegetable Glycerin – is a colorless and odorless liquid. It’s produced from vegetable oils (plant oils, palm oils or coconut oils). It is widely used in cosmetic products, foods and as a replacement for alcohol in herbal and botanical tincture. When used with other natural oils and ingredients, it can seal in moisture on the top layer of our skin while the other oils work their way deep into our cells to provide long-lasting moisture. You do have to be careful when seeking out glycerin: There are non-vegetable varieties, derived from petroleum or animal fat that can be seriously drying. A pure form of vegetable glycerin on your skin can help with acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. It is a naturally hypoallergenic, antibacterial product that will prevent aggravation and inflammation.
Rosemary Extract – Rich in nutrients including iron, calcium, vitamins and antioxidants, rosemary in various forms — including rosemary extract and rosemary oil — is effective for many skin types and is found in skin care cleansers, soaps, face masks, toners and creams. Rosemary oil has properties to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses on the skin, which make it ideal for using on minor wounds and burns, or on problem skin that’s affected by dermatitis, acne, eczema or psoriasis. The oil helps stimulate cell renewal, promoting healthy healing – all while infusing the skin with moisture and improving skin circulation. The antioxidants in rosemary help prevent skin damage and maximize skin tone by neutralizing free radicals. It is a good source of iron, calcium and Vitamin B6, which supports healthy collagen levels. Rosemary is also a rich source of manganese, a mineral that helps minimize wrinkles and protects the skin from damage.
Chamomile Extract – Chamomile is one of the most widely used and well documented medicinal herbs in the world. Its use dates back thousands of years to Ancient Egypt where it was considered a sacred gift from the Sun God Ra. Hieroglyphics also show that chamomile was used in skincare by Egyptian noblewomen. Chamomile is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and contains essential oils and antioxidants. Additionally, it is hypoallergenic and helps to reduce skin irritants by neutralizing free radicals, leading to increased skin repair, skin purifying, and inflammation healing properties.
Milk Thistle Extract – Milk thistle has actually been used for over 2,000 years. The plant is native to the Mediterranean region and a member of the Asteraceae plant family, which also includes other plants like sunflowers and daisies. The Greek physician and botanist Dioscorides was the first to describe milk thistle’s healing properties back in the year 40 A.D. Milk thistle is a natural herb that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and is commonly used to detoxify the body, especially the liver. Studies show that phytochemicals, like those found in silymarin of milk thistle, are effective at inhibiting UV light-induced oxidative stress on the skin. Milk thistle is considered to be a potent inhibitor of UV-induced oxidative stress that can cause skin diseases like skin cancer.
Stearic Acid (Vegetable Oil) – Stearic acid is a fatty acid that is very useful for making soap, moisturizers and topical products. The substance is used in the manufacturing of more than 3,200 skin and hair care products sold in the United States. The ingredient acts as a surfactant, a substance that lowers the surface tension of oils. Because stearic acid helps water and oil mix, the ingredient is also added to many liquid cosmetics and skin and hair care products in low concentrations to function as an additive rather than an active ingredient or cleansing agent. In these products, stearic acid helps prevent the formulas from separating into liquid and oily layers. As a result, products that contain stearic acid require less shaking prior to use and remain more potent when stored for extended periods of time.
Because stearic acid is derived from natural sources and not produced in industrial settings, it is sometimes used as an alternative to chemical ingredients in natural skin care products. Stearic acid is not toxic, and the leading skin care product safety evaluation group, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel, has found that the amount of stearic acid commonly used in cosmetics and skin and hair care products does not pose any health risks.
Dexapanthenol Vitamin B-5 – Panthenol comes in two enantiomers, D and L. Only D-panthenol (dexpanthenol) is biologically active. Pantothenic acid, or Vitamin B5, is essential to humans and Vitamin B5 is needed for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It is also involved in the creation of hormones and cholesterol. In commercial supplements, vitamin B5 is available as D‑pantothenic acid, dexpanthenol, or calcium pantothenate. Vitamin B5 is often used together with other B vitamins. People apply dexpanthenol, which is made from pantothenic acid, to the skin for itching, promoting healing of mild eczemas and other skin conditions, insect stings, bites, poison ivy, diaper rash, and acne. It is also applied topically for preventing and treating skin reactions to radiation therapy. Early studies suggest that skin creams containing Vitamin B5 (as dexpanthenol) may help reduce irritation, and are a wound healing catalyst.
Grape Seed Extract – Grape seed extract is a powerful anti-oxidant and when applied topically, grape seed extract acts as an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). It nourishes and strengthens the skin cells, particularly the collagen and elastin structures. AHA improves the moisture barrier of skin cells, which allows them to accept and retain necessary moisture. Another beneficial effect is the strengthening of the walls of capillaries, the very fine blood vessels just under the skin’s surface. This gives grape seed extract an ability to provide an elaborate variety of effective processes to protect and repair skin tissue when applied topically. This complex ingredient is recognized as being effective across a broad spectrum of skin types, ages and conditions and is used in many skin care products. It is light, with small molecules, and is able to be absorbed easily into the skin.
Vitamin A (Palmitate) – Vitamin A is a group of compounds that includes retinoids and carotenoids. Vitamin A from natural plant sources is a carotenoid that your body can transform into natural retinoids that are commonly used in over-the-counter skin creams. Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A) is the normal form used for application on the skin and has great anti-aging, superb anti-oxidant and moisturizing capabilities. It accelerates cell renewal and stimulates the fibroblast and collagen in the skin, thereby reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Due to its anti-oxidant properties, it is also a great anti-aging ingredient, and helps promote a softer smoother skin. The inclusion of Vitamin A in cosmetics has been proven and internationally accepted as being safe
Vitamin E (Tocopherol) – Vitamin E, also called “tocopherol,” isn’t just one compound—it’s actually a name used to describe eight forms of fat-soluble compounds found in nature. Alpha-tocopherol is the only form recognized to meet human health requirements. Vitamin E has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions, which can help protect skin, speed wound healing, and provide anti-aging effects. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, Vitamin E is the most abundant fat-soluble antioxidant found in human skin, and topical application increases Vitamin E in skin cell membranes and in the lipid matrix of the lower levels of skin. When Vitamin E is applied to skin, redness, sunburn, and skin damage are reduced. Skin care formulas containing tocopherols can help counteract damage to cell membranes, DNA, and skin proteins. Tocopherols also protect the cells that make collagen and elastin, which create the matrix of the skin. Vitamin E is also an effective moisturizer, as it helps to prevent water-loss, retaining skin’s natural moisture content even in dry climates.
Ingredients You Will Not Find In Fembasis Progesterone Cream
Parabens – ‘Parabens’ is a term referring to a group of preservatives used in mainstream beauty and personal care products, which prevent bacteria from growing, but are able to mimic or interfere with estrogen in the body. In 2004, and just recently, Dr. Philippa Darbre, a research scientist at the University of Reading in the UK, published studies that showed high concentrations of parabens in human breast tumors. They looked at the concentration of five parabens in breast tumor tissue. One or more types were found in 99% of the tissue samples, and all five were measurable in 60% of the samples. “Parabens are getting into the breast, and in significant amounts,” she found. Amazingly, the parabens identified in the study were primarily intact, meaning they’ve bypassed the liver. That indicates that you’re not getting them from your food; they’re being absorbed through your skin.
Phenoxyethanol – Phenoxyethanol is the new darling of the chemical industry and is often not disclosed in the ingredient list, but it is increasingly turning up in cosmetics, skin creams and as a stabilizer in perfume. It is used as a preservative and anti-bacterial in cosmetics. It is also being used as an alternative to parabens. Phenoxyethanol is actually glycol ether. Glycols are a series of chemicals that find their way into all sorts of things: paint, lacquer, jet fuel. The FDA has warned that phenoxyethanol can cause the shutdown of the central nervous system, vomiting and contact dermatitis. Its toxicity has been demonstrated – with effects on the brain and the nervous system – even at moderate concentrations. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) data sheets show chromosomal changes and genetic mutation effects in testing as well as testicular atrophy and interference with productivity in mice.
Propylene Glycol – PG is a synthetic product obtained from the hydration of propylene oxide, which is derived from petroleum products, and is a form of mineral oil, an alcohol produced by fermentation of yeast and carbohydrates. This gives it the designation of carbohydrate when used in foods. Industrial grade PG is used as an active ingredient in engine coolants and antifreeze, airplane de-icers, polyurethane cushions, paints, enamels and varnishes, and in many products as a solvent or surfactant. It is an effective humectant and a solvent for fragrances and preservatives. It is also used as an emulsifier or co-surfactant, and as a solvent for pigments in cosmetics. Even though propylene glycol has been considered safe in personal care products and even food products, in the low concentrations, we have chosen to omit this ingredient in our FemBasis formulations.
Mineral Oil – Mineral oil is colorless and odorless oil that’s made from petroleum—as a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It’s long been used as a common ingredient in lotions, creams, ointments, and cosmetics. There is a “technical grade,” which is used to lubricate engines and equipment. Cosmetics, on the other hand, use “cosmetic grade” mineral oil, which is more purified. Evidence exists that mineral oil hydrocarbons are one of the greatest contaminants of the human body, via air inhalation, food intake, and dermal [skin] absorption. Mineral oil is considered “comedogenic,” which means it can clog your pores and the oil is an “occlusive agent”—which means that it forms a physical barrier over your skin to reduce moisture loss. If you already have bacteria on your skin (most likely), even the most refined mineral oil locks it all close and tight to your skin.
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil – Hydrogenated oils are often healthy in their natural state, but are quickly turned into poisons through the manufacturing and processing they undergo. Healthy oils such as palm, kernel, soybean, corn oil or coconut oil are heated to high temperatures, under several atmospheres of pressure, and then injected with a catalyst such as nickel, platinum and even aluminum. The molecular structure changes and increases in density creating either partially or fully hydrogenated oil. The molecules in this new product are now closer to cellulose or plastic than to oil. In fact, hydrogenated oil is only one molecule away from being plastic. Hydrogenated oils are great as preservatives because all the enzymatic activity in the oil has been neutralized during the hydrogenating process. This is oil that should be strictly avoided both topically in skin creams and internally in processed foods.
Progestin – Progesterone, when processed and produced synthetically, is then called a Progestin, Gestagen, or Progestational agent. No synthetic progestin is the molecular equivalent nor has the full spectrum of natural progesterone’s biologic activity. Medroxyprogesterone is an example of a widely prescribed synthetic progestin as formulated in commonly prescribed products. It is also worth noting that while progesterone is present in large quantities during pregnancy that progestin (a synthetic derivative) is contraindicated during pregnancy as it can induce miscarriages.
Synthetic Estrogen Conjugated estrogen is a mixture of estrogenic substances that are of a type excreted by pregnant mares (horses), such as found in commonly prescribed manufactured synthetic estrogen (Premarin®). The possible side effect of manufactured ERT/HRT can include abdominal cramps, bloating, breast tenderness, elevated blood pressure, hair loss, mental depression, nausea and vomiting, prolonged vaginal bleeding, vaginal candidiasis, weight gain, skin rashes, and glucose intolerance, among others.
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How can I benefit from this product?
Most women start to experience a decreasing level and fluctuation of important hormones such as Progesterone and Estrogen beginning in their thirties, which can eventually contribute to hormonal disequilibrium. Watch this video to learn more about hormones.
Balance is very important. FemBasis Progesterone Cream supports hormonal balance for optimum health…naturally! Progesterone has often been referred to as ‘The Balancing Hormone’.
Many women are now realizing they have the healthier safer choice of a more natural approach to hormone balance using naturally sourced progesterone rather than a synthetic progestin.
Progestin is the name for the synthetic version of progesterone that is normally found in manufactured (Hormone replacement therapy or HRT) prescription products.
FemBasis Progesterone Skin Cream supports hormone balance and is a definite consideration for Peri-menopause, Menopausal, and Postmenopausal progesterone deficiencies, and the often resulting conditions and discomforts, including night sweats, hot flashes, stress and anxiety.
Many additional amazing health benefits have been researched and reported with the balancing effect of natural Progesterone.
(See “Additional Answers to Important Health Questions”)
How do I use FemBasis Progesterone Cream?
For most women one full pump once to twice daily applied to the inner leg/thigh and/or inner arm area is sufficient. Some women prefer the hands and even face, avoiding contact with the eye areas, of course.
For menstruating women, apply on days 12 through 27 of your cycle, assuming day one is when your period starts. For post menopause women, apply for twenty-five consecutive days followed by a five day intermission.
We suggest you do not use if pregnant or lactating without consulting your professional health care provider.
As always with any product, if you experience any irritation or adverse reaction with the use of this product, discontinue use and consult a doctor.
Do not use any FemBasis products if the safety seal and/or cap are loose or broken. Store at room temperature in a dry location. Keep away from children. Avoid contact with eyes and lips. Do not take internally.
Does FemBasis contain enough natural Progesterone?
Yes, Independent analysis has shown FemBasis Progesterone Cream to be superior for hormonal support (efficacy) and optimum progesterone content. However, some products advertised as “extra strength” and/or “higher percentage” creams have been found to be ineffective and even to contain very little, if any, natural progesterone. FemBasis Progesterone Cream is formulated with approx. 500mg of US manufactured USP Micronized Natural Progesterone per ounce (1500mg per 3oz pump bottle – approx. 50 pumps/applications per bottle) and therefore deliver approx. 30mg of natural progesterone per application. Also, the question is not how much natural progesterone can be blended into the formulation (as we could manufacture a 50% or more cream), but how well the cream is balanced and utilized by the body (bio availability) to provide the desired results. The Wild Yam US sourced natural USP progesterone, herbs, and plant extracts in FemBasis Progesterone Cream is very effective and considered optimal.
Does FemBasis Progesterone Cream contain Estrogen?
Synthetic estrogen is never used in any FemBasis Progesterone Cream. FemBasis Progesterone Xtra contains Burdock Root and Black Cohosh Root extracts, which are natural plant phyto estrogen compounds that support the body’s own natural estrogen production.
Why Should I Buy FemBasis Natural Progesterone Products?
FemBasis Natural Progesterone Creams are synergistic formulas. Rather than add natural Progesterone to an already existing cream base, as some others have done, FemBasis Natural Progesterone Creams have been carefully formulated using only the finest quality US manufactured, USP standards micronized natural progesterone and ingredients to provide the most biologically balanced blend of essential, effective, and beneficial nutrients. FemBasis formulas do not contain chemicals, parabens, Phenoxyethanol, hydrogenated oils, propylene glycols, mineral oils, solvents, or any of the many other undesirable ingredients often found in other products. Additionally, we never purchase USP Natural Progesterone from China or any other offshore source.
How are FemBasis Natural Progesterone Creams different from others?
FemBasis Natural Progesterone Creams have a unique ‘carrier’ formula. Our FemBasis formulas are skin friendly and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). Rather than add natural Progesterone to an already existing cream base, as some others have done, FemBasis Natural Progesterone Cream has been carefully formulated with a synergistic ‘carrier’ blend using only the finest quality US manufactured natural progesterone, and ingredients to provide the most biologically balanced blend of essential, effective, and beneficial nutrients. FemBasis progesterone cream formulas are produced in qualified and certified labs and do not contain chemicals, parabens, Phenoxyethanol, hydrogenated oils, propylene glycols, mineral oils and many other undesirable ingredients often found in other products. Additionally, we never purchase USP Natural Progesterone from any offshore source including China.
Do FemBasis products come with a money back guarantee?
Yes, all Natura Libra LLC products, including FemBasis brand products, have a 30 day money back guarantee. Customer satisfaction and product performance are very important to us. If for any reason you are not satisfied with any Natura Libra product, just return the unused portion and proof of purchase to Natura Libra LLC, or the place of purchase, within 30 days of purchase, and we, or they, will cheerfully refund your purchase price to the same payment method used for purchase.
How are FemBasis Progesterone Creams packaged and stored?
Our progesterone creams are packaged in three ounce pump bottles and shrink wrapped for your safety. Approximately fifty pumps are available in each pump bottle, which is usually about a two month supply for most women. The cream has the ‘best use by date’ stamped on the bottom of each bottle. Store indoors, in a dry location, at typical room temperatures. Do not refrigerate. Do not remove the cap or otherwise contaminate the contents. Do not use if the outside safety seal is broken or missing.
Is FemBasis Progesterone Cream expensive?
Our passion is to always be the ‘best of the best’. Our formulation, quality control, ingredient sourcing, and informational research, are all more costly than some other similar products, however FemBasis Progesterone Creams are priced very competitively, and always includes free shipping to any US address.
Where can I purchase FemBasis Progesterone Creams?
FemBasis Progesterone Creams can be safely purchased online at American Nutritionals.
Our progesterone creams may also be purchased with a check or money order by clicking the “Direct Mail Discount Order Form” box located on this website.
Warnings and Disclaimers
- Do not use if pregnant or lactating without first consulting your health care professional.
- Do not use if the safety seal and/or cap is broken or loose.
- Avoid contact with eyes.
- Do not take internally.
- Keep away from children.
- Store at room temperature and do not remove cap and/or contaminate contents.
FemBasis Progesterone Cream is not intended to treat, cure or mitigate any disease or medical condition. The information contained on this website and in Natura Libra LLC and FemBasis literature and publications is not intended to replace medical advice or prevent anyone from seeking proper and qualified medical advice and treatment. No government agency has evaluated or endorsed these products.
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Additional Answers to Important Health Questions
Natural Progesterone - The Balancing Hormone
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Natural Progesterone “The Balancing Hormone”
Because Balance is Important
Because it is ultimately up to each individual to take responsibility
for his or her own body and health decisions, we must all gain an
awareness of the natural choices available to us
Numerous studies and extensive research clearly indicate that when a woman’s endocrine system is in balance her overall health, mood, and sense of well-being is maximized.
The Women’s Health Initiative in 2002 and then again in 2004 referenced studies, indicating that synthetic non- biological equivalent estrogen replacement therapy (ERT), sometimes referred to as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), with conjugated equine (horse-derived) estrogen, resulted in an increased risk of stroke. These reports impacted millions of women, along with health practitioners, and created turmoil and divisiveness as to what is safe and what should be recommended to women with hormone imbalance symptoms.
The vast majority of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) studies and research have been conducted using synthetic estrogen and/or synthetic progesterone (progestin). The often negative findings of these studies, using synthetics, are sometimes confused with the many health and wellness benefits realized by women using natural bio-identical alternatives. Yet, even today, millions of women are still confused, as a result of these reports, about what to believe regarding the claimed lack of side effects and the many reported health benefits to those women who chose natural alternatives.
Most women can safely find help with the many often unbearable symptoms and complications of peri- menopause, menopause, post-menopause, and hormonal imbalance by applying an all-natural micronized United States Pharmacopeia (USP) natural progesterone cream to the skin. USP progesterone cream is absorbed through the skin and directly into the bloodstream, by passing the filtering process of the liver. Having the same biological identical molecular structure as the progesterone produced by the body, many women are finding the safety and health benefits of this natural alternative much more preferable than synthetic choices.
What is a Hormone?
Hormones are secreted by your glands, such as your pancreas, ovaries, adrenal, and thyroid, in small quantities, usually into the bloodstream. The word “hormone” is taken from the Greek word “hormaein,” which means “to excite.” Hormones activate, control, or direct bodily functions and travel throughout the body until recognized by a receptor. Hormones control energy production and storage, water and salt metabolism, growth, and sexual and reproductive actions. Estrogen, Androgens, and Natural Progesterone are all hormones manufactured in your body from cholesterol.
What is Progesterone?
Often referred to as “the balancing hormone,” progesterone is a hormone produced primarily by your ovaries and adrenals. It is a precursor, or the substance from which most of your other steroid hormones are derived, such as cortisol, estrogens, androstenedione and testosterone. With a relatively simple conversion in the laboratory, wild yam extract and other plant compounds, like soy, have been converted to natural progesterone that is biologically identical and a molecular equivalent to the natural progesterone produced in your body. The word Progesterone refers only to the specific molecule as produced by your body and should not be confused with medroxyprogesterone (as in Provera®), which is one form of synthetic progesterone referred to as progestin or progestogen. (See “Is There a Difference between Progesterone and Progestin?”)
What is the Function of Progesterone in My Body?
Besides being a precursor from which other hormones are produced, progesterone provides many other vital health benefits such as normalizing blood sugar levels, facilitating thyroid hormone function, menstrual cycle regulation and helps maintain a healthy pregnancy. Additionally, progesterone prepares the uterus to receive a healthy fertilized egg as well as supports the early stage of a healthy pregnancy.
Does My Body Normally Produce Progesterone and For How Long?
Yes, along with Estrogen, between puberty and menopause, in the ovaries and the adrenal glands. Progesterone is also produced in large quantities by the placenta during pregnancy, contributing to the freedom from headaches and the general feeling of well-being and euphoria you experienced when you entered your second trimester. Significant deficiencies of progesterone may occur before, through, and in the post menopause phase. The adrenal cortex is then called upon to maintain the only ongoing supply of these vital hormones and the adrenals usually do not produce a sufficient supply of progesterone often leading to a condition called “Estrogen Dominance”. Supplementation with a bio-identical natural progesterone may help alleviate these deficiencies.
What exactly does ‘Natural Progesterone’ Refer To?
The natural progesterone produced in your body and/or the natural progesterone manufactured in a laboratory from either soybeans or the Mexican Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa). A Pennsylvania State University professor named Russel Marker developed the process in the 1930’s by converting diosgenin from wild yams into biologically identical and molecular equivalent natural progesterone, the same as naturally produced in your body. The preferred form of natural progesterone, used today, is called USP Micronized Progesterone which is considered more bio-available when considering absorption and efficacy. (See “What is USP Micronized Natural Progesterone.”)
What is the Significance of Wild Yam Extract?
The Mexican Wild Yam contains a multitude of beneficial natural compounds, even including phyto-estrogens and has been used for many years to treat a variety of female medical conditions and disorders.. Wild yam bio-identical progesterone is progesterone which has been derived from a compound found in Mexican wild yams called Diosgenin. Diosgenin, one of the many phytogenins found in wild yam, has a striking resemblance to your own progesterone. A simple lab processing technology produces natural progesterone from diosgenin that exactly matches (bio-identical) the natural progesterone produced by your body.
Natural Progesterone, derived from wild yam, should not be confused with wild yam creams which are sold sometimes with the claims that your body is able to naturally produce progesterone, when you use it. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “Diosgenin itself has no hormonal activity and can’t be converted in the human body into anything that does.”
What is Micronized Natural Progesterone USP?
Micron is a unit of measure and refers to a substance that has been broken down into tiny particles which is equal to 1/250,000 when micronized, . Not all progesterone is micronized. If it is, it will say so on the labeling. If it is not stated that it is micronized on the label, chances are it is not, and if the progesterone you are using is not micronized, you may want to consider switching to one that is. Higher grade bio-identical progesterone is usually micronized and will state clearly so on the label. Additionally, micronized natural progesterone, as opposed to non-micronized, is optimal for transdermal (through the skin) delivery.
USP is an acronym for the United States Pharmacopeia, a non-governmental organization recognized and used by over 130 countries, which sets public standards for prescription, over-the-counter medications, healthcare products, manufactured and/or sold in the United States. The USP sets standards for purity, quality, strength, and consistency.
If progesterone is said to be USP grade that means it has met the standards of the USP for quality. The USP is not regulated by the FDA. However, all products given USP approval have been subjected to a rigorous set of quality standards.
Do I need Progesterone Supplementation?
Probably, especially if you are over age 40 and/or have had a hysterectomy. The decline of very important hormones starts in the thirties and studies suggest that an accelerated decrease in progesterone production by the body usually begins several years before menopause. During the peri-menopausal years it is progesterone, not estrogen, which is the first hormone to decline in women contrary to common belief.
Challenges to hormonal balance can also be much more than just age related. Seemingly unavoidable chemical toxins are wreaking havoc on women’s reproductive systems contributing to a rise in cases of early menopause and the resulting hormonal imbalance. Toxins are found everywhere – cosmetics, cleaning products, in the lining of food cans, pesticides and even the thermal paper used for store receipts. Recent research at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found women with the highest blood and urine levels of 15 endocrine- disrupting chemicals experienced menopause up to four years earlier than those with the lowest levels.
Dr. Amber Cooper, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University stated, “Even [experiencing] menopause a few years earlier than usual could have a significant effect on bone health, on cardiovascular health, on memory, and quality of life for women, in general.”
When menopause does arrive and after the ovaries discontinue their production of estrogen and progesterone, only small amounts are produced by the adrenals which in most cases are insufficient, resulting in dramatic biological and health changes. The decline of progesterone production by the body usually contributes to menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms and even as some studies suggest, osteoporosis.
Ironically, it is at this time that 40 to 60 percent of women in the USA are still prescribed unopposed estrogen in a synthetic (manufactured) form, and in some cases a synthetic progestin as well, resulting in many unpleasant and negative side effects, as well as placing many women at risk (see “Is There a Difference between Progesterone and Progestin?”). On the other hand, there is impressive evidence that natural progesterone, often called the “balancing hormone,” provides countless benefits suggesting that supplementation may safely correct critical hormonal imbalance and progesterone deficiencies in women.
What is the Difference Between Progesterone and Progestin?
There is a huge difference! Progesterone, when processed and produced synthetically, is then called a Progestin, Gestagen, or Progestational agent. No synthetic progestin is the molecular equivalent nor has the full spectrum of natural progesterone’s biologic activity. Medroxyprogesterone is an example of a widely prescribed synthetic progestin as formulated in commonly prescribed products.
It is also worth noting that while progesterone is present in large quantities during pregnancy that progestin (a synthetic derivative) is contraindicated during pregnancy, as it can induce miscarriages.
Additionally, studies show progestins (synthetic) have been linked to blood clots, acne, weight gain, fluid retention, rashes, depression, some cancers, and additional disorders. Synthetic Progestins can also bind to glucocorticoid, androgen, and mineralocorticoid receptors which some specialists believe contribute to the negative side effects women often experience while taking synthetic progestins and estrogens. Progestins (synthetic) and synthetic estrogens are usually found in birth control pills and both are very potent.
Why Should I Consider Natural Progesterone vs Synthetic (Progestin)?
Most synthetic treatments, including non-natural progestin, are “interventionist.” That is, they interfere with the body’s natural methods for correcting imbalances and short circuit the natural healing mechanisms. For example, synthetic progestins do not convert to corticosteroids and can also lower your own natural progesterone levels, contributing to hormone imbalance and deficiencies, the very conditions you are trying to correct. Conversely, natural progesterone is a primary building block for many other steroid hormones manufactured by the body and can be converted into compounds your body needs, such as corticosteroids which, for example, can help regulate blood sugar metabolism. Synthetic progestins are incapable of performing this function, and do not have the many natural plant compounds (phyto-chemicals) and biological activity of natural progesterone. All progestins, progestogens (synthetic) may cause physical, psychological, and metabolic side effects. Natural progesterone supports hormonal balance, provides many health benefits and does not present the many risks of synthetics.
What Specific Benefits Can I Expect Using Natural Progesterone?
Biological needs vary among individuals. However, common results of natural progesterone supplementation include less anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, hypertension, mood swings, night sweats, and hot flashes. Many women report increased vitality, sexual libido, and improved cell oxygen levels. According to recent studies, natural progesterone stimulates bone building, may also help dry skin conditions, wrinkling on the face, and brown age spots on the face and hands.
A considerable amount of research into progesterone has been done by Dr. Michael Schumacher of the Kremlin- Bicêtre hospital in Paris who cites a range of studies – much of it animal – showing that progesterone has beneficial effects on the breast tissue, on blood vessel function and in strengthening bone. Many of the benefits of progesterone, he says, comes from the fact that while estrogen stimulates cells, progesterone calms them down (Michael Schumacher, Rachida Guennoun, Abdel Ghoumari et al “Novel perspectives for progesterone in HRT, with special reference to the nervous system” Endocr Rev. 2007 Jun; 28(4):387-439).
Drawing on this work, Schumacher believes that progesterone might lower the risk for dementia since estrogen and progesterone combined have been shown to have a neuroprotective effect, unlike progestin’s which can reduce this protective effect.
Additionally, in the USA, Dr. Schumacher’s claim that progesterone can protect blood vessels and cut down the risk of strokes has just been supported in two small trials at Texas University. Researchers gave a progesterone cream or a placebo to 30 post-menopausal women for eight weeks. Not only did the cream improve their symptoms but there was no rise in various markers in the blood that make strokes more likely, such as inflammation and a tendency to form clots. Kenna Stephenson, Pierre Neuenschwander et al “Transdermal progesterone: Effects on Menopausal Symptoms and on Thrombotic, Anticoagulant and inflammatory factors in post-menopausal women” International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding Vol 12 No 4 July/August 2008.
Four head-to-head studies comparing Progesterone to non-bioidentical synthetic progestogen (progestin) reported that women experienced greater satisfaction, improved quality of life, and fewer side effects when switched from progestin to a natural progesterone. (Hargrove 1989); Montplaisir 2001; Lindenfeld 2002). The beneficial effects of progesterone, compared to non-bio-identical progestin, included a 30% reduction in sleep problems, 50% reduction in anxiety, 60% reduction in depression, 25% reduction in menstrual bleeding, 40% reduction in cognitive difficulties and 30% improvement in sexual function. Eighty percent of women in the study reported overall satisfaction with the bio-identical progesterone formulation (Fitzpatrick 2000).
Should I Use Natural Progesterone While on Birth Control Pills Containing Synthetic Progestin?
No. Mixing natural progesterone and synthetic forms is usually not recommended. Most birth control pills contain progestin, the synthetic derivative of progesterone (see “Is there a difference between Progesterone and Progestin?”).
Will Natural Progesterone Help Me Emotionally?
Many women have reported an elevated emotional state and a decrease in depression and mood swings after beginning natural progesterone supplementation. A hormonal relay system may be one reason as stress, environment, and lifestyle affects fatty acid metabolism, which affects progesterone production, which can affect cortisol, which affects you.
Should I Use Natural Progesterone During Pregnancy?
Large quantities of progesterone are already produced by the body during pregnancy. However natural progesterone supplementation may also be beneficial. “Children of mothers who received prenatal progesterone have shown advanced development at one year and to have a greater academic achievement at nine to ten years.” (British Journal of Psychiatry 1976) Always consult your health care provider with any concerns you may have in the use of progesterone supplementation.
Will My Body Store Progesterone and Cause Weight Gain?
No. Several years ago an online article stated that progesterone was highly fat soluble and that once applied to the skin would store itself in a woman’s fat tissue. There is absolutely no proof of that. Progesterone stored in fat tissue and released as needed has no factual basis. Conversely, there is sufficient evidence that progesterone delivered transdermally, that is, through the skin, is rapidly absorbed into the blood stream and thus not stored in fat cells. It should be noted, however, that it is important to apply progesterone creams to thin skin area such as the inner arms, thighs, neck, back of the knees and even the top and bottom of your feet.
Should I Take Natural Progesterone Orally?
No. The liver removes a high percentage of ingested hormones sending them through the digestive tract and converting them to water soluble forms that bind with other substances, making them difficult to absorb in the chemical environment of the intestines. Bypassing this roadblock is best accomplished with the use of transdermal (application on and absorption through the skin) creams containing natural Progesterone, combined in a chemical free natural formula of herbs and plant extracts. “Progesterone has been demonstrated to be a good candidate for transdermal delivery.” (Annals of Medicine, 1993)
Which Natural Progesterone Cream is Best?
The one that works best for you. Natural progesterone USP, if processed correctly, without pesticides and harmful contaminates, should be identical to any other USP Natural Progesterone. Important considerations, however, are formulation technology (the carrier), organic ingredients, non GMO and chemical free product sourcing, quality control and consistency, synergism and maximum potential bioavailability.
Why Don’t Large Drug Companies Produce Natural Progesterone Cream?
They really cannot afford to. The considerable expense of research and development may not be recovered nor provide an acceptable return on investment (ROI) without the ability to offer a proprietary product to the consumer protected by patent and/or an exclusive chemical formula. A natural hormone produced by humans or found anywhere in nature cannot be patented by a pharmaceutical company. A slight variation or alteration and/or a chemical version of a hormone, or any other natural product, however, can usually be patented and thus controlled, providing the pharmaceutical companies a very profitable, non-natural, patentable synthetic form of progesterone for use in birth control and other pharmaceutical products.
What If My Doctor Doesn’t Agree With Natural Progesterone Supplementation?
It may be difficult for some doctors to accept a regimen sometimes considered unorthodox. If your doctor is unaware of the recent developments and studies supporting natural progesterone supplementation, you may wish to suggest a review of such publications as “Natural Progesterone, The Multiple Roles Of a Remarkable Hormone” and “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause” by John R Lee, MD and many others, more recently, who through diligent research, have reported effectively on the many benefits of natural progesterone supplementation.
Is Natural Progesterone Supplementation Safe?
Yes, it is generally regarded as safe, because it is a biological equivalent of the body’s own progesterone. With progesterone (as opposed to a synthetic version) you are providing your endocrine system a tool to work with while leaving the body’s natural control and regulation systems in place. Even though an overdose is not usually a health concern, you should always follow the ‘suggested use’ guidelines. As with any product, natural or otherwise, you should always discontinue use and consult your professional health care provider if you experience any adverse effects or conditions.
How Will I Know if my Progesterone Levels Have Increased?
Some women begin to experience a significant decrease in symptoms, and an elevated sense of well-being in just a few days’ use, but more typically over a period of two to three months. Blood analysis is always an option, but not necessarily a good one. The blood only reflects the progesterone that is bound to carrier proteins which are generally unavailable to target tissues and therefore does not usually provide an accurate measure of tissue levels. Numerous research studies over the past 20 years have clearly validated the saliva test as an excellent method for measuring the biological active progesterone in the bloodstream. Each test, however, only measures progesterone levels at the time of the test and it should be noted that progesterone levels can vary considerably. An average of several saliva tests may be an option. A salivary progesterone test is available from several reliable online and laboratory sources.
(Labrix Clinical Services – www.labrix.com)
Should I Use Natural Progesterone For PMS?
Estrogen dominance is often a problem associated with PMS. Estrogen levels usually begin to increase during the first part of the menstrual cycle (the follicular phase), decline somewhat at ovulation, and arrive at the lowest level at the beginning of menses. Progesterone production falls sharply 10 to 12 days after ovulation. Topical natural progesterone can be a very effective procedure for the management of PMS by improving the balance between estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen and progesterone may be both compatible at some receptor sites and if enough progesterone is available, estrogen is displaced, effectively shutting off the lofty rate of estrogen production, and usually mitigating the discomfort and negative symptoms of PMS.
What is Estrogen Replacement Therapy (HRT or ERT)?
HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and ERT (estrogen replacement therapy) are often used interchangeably. Specifically, ERT only refers to estrogen, and almost always synthetic estrogen, while HRT could include any hormone, again synthetically manufactured in most cases. Production of very important hormones usually starts to decline, in most women, during their thirties. As hormone levels fall your menstrual cycle becomes erratic, unpredictable and then stops. Called “peri-menopause,” this transitional period can last five to ten years. Hormone fluctuation, especially during this time, can sometimes cause many related adverse effects such as irritability, mood swings, sleep disturbances, memory loss, night sweats, and the often associated aches and pains. It is also during this time and through menopause that manufactured conjugated estrogen (synthetic) is commonly prescribed. Conjugated estrogen is a mixture of estrogenic substances that are of a type excreted by pregnant mares (horses), such as found in commonly prescribed manufactured synthetic estrogen (Premarin®). The possible side effect of manufactured ERT/HRT can include abdominal cramps, bloating, breast tenderness, elevated blood pressure, hair loss, mental depression, nausea and vomiting, prolonged vaginal bleeding, vaginal candidiasis, weight gain, skin rashes, and glucose intolerance, among others.
A relative new study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine 2013 linked conjugated equine estrogen hormone therapy (HRT) to a woman’s risk of developing heart disease. The study compared the synthetic form of estrogen to a second type of hormone therapy, estradiol, which is a natural estrogen. Women who used the HRT synthetic estrogen were twice as likely to have venous thrombosis and slightly more likely to have heart attacks.
Is There a Connection Between HRT/ERT and Cancer?
The evidence can be overwhelming. Some studies suggest that long term synthetic estrogen and/or progestin (synthetic) replacement therapy (ERT and sometimes referred to as HRT) may contribute to a 30% increase in breast cancer in women. Some of these same sources also suggest that many other types of cancer, including endometrial, brain, pancreatic, cervical, bladder, and bronchogenic carcinomas may be associated with long term manufactured (synthetic) estrogen therapy. The Journal of the American Medical Association, February 7, 1996, revealed that two-thirds of the women, especially those who have not had a hysterectomy, who take prescribed synthetic estrogen alone, develop abnormalities in the uterine lining within three years.
Conversely, Dr. Michael Schumacher of the Kremlin-Bicêtre hospital in Paris suggests that progesterone may protect against breast cancer. This thinking is supported by a trial that is almost unknown in the US and UK comparing the effects of Progesterone and progestin. In a big ongoing French study, 54,548 menopausal women have been evaluated comparing what happens to those who take progesterone with those who get progestin. The latest report has found that after eight years while those on progestins (synthetic) have a raised risk of breast cancer, those on progesterone (natural) don’t. (Fournier et al “Unequal risks for breast cancer associated with different hormone replacement therapies: results from the (E.sib.3) cohort study” Breast Cancer Res Treat 2008: 107(1): 103-11)
How Does HRT/ERT Compare With Natural Progesterone Therapy?
The late Dr. John R. Lee, MD., a noted authority on natural progesterone vs estrogen therapy made these statements:
Synthetic Estrogen stimulates the breasts, creates proliferative endometrium, causes salt and fluid retention, increases body fat, interferes with thyroid hormone, causes depression and headaches, increases blood clotting, diminishes libido, impairs blood sugar control, causes decline of zinc and retention of copper, reduces oxygen levels in all cells, causes endometrial cancer, increases the risk of breast cancer, and slightly restrains osteoclasts.
Dr. Lee further stated:
Natural progesterone protects against birocysts, maintains secretory endometrium, functions as a natural diuretic, helps use fat for energy, stimulates thyroid hormone action, is a natural antidepressant, normalizes blood clotting, restores libido, normalizes blood sugar levels, prevents endometrial cancer, helps prevent breast cancer, stimulates osteoblasts, is necessary for the survival of the embryo and is a precursor of cortisone synthesis.
Can I Discontinue HRT/ERT Using Natural Progesterone?
Most traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) prescribes a synthetic form of estrogen as opposed to natural phyto-estrogens (see “What is Estrogen Replacement Therapy?”). And not all post-menopausal women need estrogen replacement. Progesterone can be converted into many other hormones, including natural estrogen and the body can utilize DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) to produce estrogen as well. Many women do very well with progesterone alone, as progesterone is often referred to as the “balancing” hormone and does not present the many negative side effects of synthetic HRT/ERT. Estrogen levels begin to decline, in many women, in their early thirties and continue through peri-menopause. Menopausal and post-menopausal women produce very little estrogen. Some women, especially those who have had a hysterectomy, often referred to as a surgical menopause, and who prefer to support natural estrogen levels as well as progesterone, have found positive results using natural phyto-estrogens (natural plant based compounds).
If you are taking a manufactured estrogen (synthetic) and wish to use a natural progesterone alternative instead, you may be advised to decrease your estrogen dosage 10% to 15% each month. You should always consult your professional health care provider concerning any of these questions and issues.
If you decide to continue or begin traditional estrogen replacement therapy (ERT), you should consider using natural progesterone in conjunction with ERT to avoid the negative possibilities of unopposed estrogen, or what is often referred to as “estrogen dominance.” You should always consult your professional health care provider concerning any of these questions and issues.
Are Phytoestrogens The Same as my Prescription Estrogen?
No. Phyto-estrogens are beneficial natural estrogen type compounds found in plants that your body can utilize if needed. They are considered safe, have no known side effects, and because they are natural, as opposed to a manufactured synthetic version, phyto-estrogens may even prevent excess estrogen from taking hold, as sometimes is the case with manufactured estrogen (ERT), thus decreasing the possibility of estrogen dominance.
How Common is Osteoporosis?
Eventually, according to studies, 1 in 3 women will develop osteoporosis. Bone loss related to menopause actually begins during the irregular menstruation period before menopause (peri-menopause), and after age 30 to 35 the bone shrinks approximately 10% per decade in women as reported in research reports.
Will Natural Progesterone Help Slow Osteoporosis?
Probably, and it may even help reverse the loss of bone mass. Bone loss begins well before menopause when estrogen levels are adequate but when progesterone levels have started to decline. Osteoblasts are special bone cells that take calcium and phosphorus from your blood and deposit crystals in your bone structure. Estrogen may reduce the rate of bone loss in some cases, however, progesterone is credited with the building of new bone material and promises new bone formulation by binding to receptors on osteoblasts. Evidence that progesterone acts as a bone trophic (stimulating) hormone has been validated by work documenting the presence of progesterone receptors on osteoblasts. (New England Journal of Medicine, 1993). “Osteoporosis may be, in part, a progesterone deficiency disease”. (Endocrine Reviews, 1990)
Many women have found that natural progesterone supplementation provides a natural alternative to synthetics. When the body can be encouraged to help itself, it is by far a better choice. Achieving a balance using natural choices is preferred over the imbalances usually associated with synthetic dosages (drugs) as there are definitely benefits lost when going from natural remedies to synthetic manufactured pharmaceutical alternatives. FemBasis Progesterone Creams are natural,effective, safe to use, and provide a sensible choice for optimum health.
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