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Subject: Products to help balance hormones.
Category: Health > Women's Health
Asked by: androcles-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 10 Sep 2002 18:15 PDT
Expires: 10 Oct 2002 18:15 PDT
Question ID: 63697
Subject: Re: Products to help balance hormones.
Answered By: kyrie26-ga on 10 Sep 2002 20:47 PDT
Hi androcles-ga,

Thank you for your question! I took on your question because I have
some knowledge on this topic, and, assuming that you are looking to
buy progestin for yourself, I have some information that you would
find very interesting.

I know that your question specifically asked for online sources for
progestin, and I am taking a risk by providing you an "alternative"
answer. Due to the health risks associated with progestin, as the
information below will confirm, I have pointed you to a better
alternative instead.

Here is what I found :


Journal of the American Medical Association :
Risks and Benefits of Estrogen Plus Progestin in Healthy
Postmenopausal Women Principal Results From the Women's Health
Initiative Randomized Controlled Trial

"Conclusions : Overall health risks exceeded benefits from use of
combined estrogen plus progestin for an average 5.2-year follow-up
among healthy postmenopausal US women."


HealthWorld Online - healthy news - Estrogen-Progestin Risk Took
Decades to Uncover

"Last week's announcement that the estrogen-progestin pills taken by 6
million American women are doing more harm than good came as a
bombshell both to older women and to gynecologists who have long
believed in the health benefits of the hormone replacement therapy."


Health Action Online the side effects of HRT

"Progestin drugs :

- If taken in the first 4 months of pregnancy, may cause birth defects
- May Cause partial loss of vision
- Dangers of progestin in breast milk is unknown

- Cerebral apoplexy
- Known or suspected malignancies of breast or genital organs
- Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
- Known sensitivity
- Liver dysfunction
- Reported Adverse Reactions:
- Breast tenderness
- Sensitivity reactions such as edema (water retention), rashes, and
- Acne, alopecia (loss of scalp hair, baldness), hirsutism (excess
facial & Body hair)
- Weight increase or decrease
- Changes in cervical secretions, and erosions of the cervix
- Cholestatic jaundice
- Mental depression, pyrexia (fever) insomnia, somnolence (acute
allergic reactions)
- Nausea & vomiting
- Headaches
- Thrombophlebitis & pulmonary embolism (blood clots in heart & lungs)
- Breakthrough bleeding, spotting, amenorrhea (absence of periods) or
changes in monthly cycle

Reported reactions when taken with artificial estrogen:
- Rise in blood pressure, migraines & headaches, dizziness,
nervousness, fatigue
- Changes in sex drive, alopecia (hair loss, baldness)
- Reduction of uptake of T3 thyroid hormone
- PMS-like symptoms (premenstrual syndrome)
- Appetite changes
- Cystitis-like syndrome (urinary tract infection)
- Erythema multiforme (allergic reactions, blisters & rashes) erythema
nodosum (skin disease which causes tender nodules), hemorrhagic
eruption (bleeding from capillaries), & itching. "


Risks of popular HRT regimen found to outweigh benefits over long term

"Prolonged use of estrogen-progestin hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
unacceptably increases women's risk for coronary heart disease (CHD),
invasive breast cancer, stroke, and pulmonary embolism, according to
findings from a study being conducted as part of the NIH-sponsored
Women's Health Initiative.
In the now-terminated Estrogen plus Progestin Trial, researchers
followed 8,506 postmenopausal women on daily combination HRT (0.625 mg
conjugated equine estrogens and 2.5 mg medroxyprogesterone
[Prempro-Wyeth]) for an average of 5.2 years and compared their rates
of adverse health events with those of 8,102 postmenopausal women not
on HRT."

"Compared to women not receiving hormones, HRT patients' risks for CHD
increased 29%, and their risk for stroke (41%), breast cancer (26%),
and pulmonary embolism (113%) went up as well. While HRT did decrease
women's risk for colorectal cancer (37%), endometrial cancer (17%),
and hip fracture (34%), researchers concluded that the risk for
adverse events with long-term estrogen-progestin therapy exceeded any
observable benefits and ended the study. An investigation of
estrogen-only HRT is continuing."


What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough
Book on Natural Progesterone

"Women considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause
symptoms and health benefits should read this controversial,
provocative book first. "Advertising and research dollars are spent
trying to convince women that estrogen will cure everything from heart
disease to Alzheimer's," writes John R. Lee, M.D., "but there is scant
evidence for any of these claims and reams of evidence that synthetic
estrogens are highly toxic and carcinogenic." Lee has studied the
research and concludes that estrogen is not the magic bullet for
protection against heart disease and osteoporosis, nor does it retard
aging. Natural progesterone, instead, puts postmenopausal women's
hormones in balance, says Lee. He cites study after study that
indicates that natural progesterone, obtained in cream form, delivers
what the usual HRT only promises."

"Menopause as a disease has been largely fabricated by physicians and
the pharmaceutical industry," says this leader of a "quiet but
powerful revolution" regarding HRT. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You
About Menopause covers the benefits of natural progesterone, the
history and politics of the medical and drug establishment, the
biochemistry and dynamics of hormones and how they get out of balance,
and how to prevent hormone imbalance and stay healthy. Lee empowers
you to ask hard questions of your doctor. Highly recommended."


Herbal medicine, Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy, Natural
alternatives, Alternative Medicine

"Studies from around the world support the use of many natural
alternatives to hormone replacement therapy. For example, a black
cohosh extract can reverse all symptoms related to menopause within
four weeks. Natural progesterone creams are the single most important
natural substitutes for synthetic treatment of menopausal symptoms.
Progesterone cream also promotes a more efficient use of the thyroid
hormone by the body, and reverses osteoporosis, protects against
breast cancer, decreases fibrocystic breast disease and reduces the
incidence of ovarian cysts. It prevents fluid retention, fat deposits,
vaginal dryness and urinary bladder infections."

"Women who suffer from both stress and a loss of libido will benefit
from this herbal remedy. Natural progesterone cream is absorbed
through the skin and goes directly to where it is needed by the body.
Apply it to soft, fatty-tissue areas such as breasts, underarms, inner
thighs or abdomen. Absorption should take three to five minutes. If it
is absorbed in less than two minutes, increase the amount of the cream
to 3/4 tsp. until absorption exceeds two minutes, then return to 1/2
tsp. twice daily for twelve to fifteen days of the month. The cream
also helps dry skin and brown spots on hands and arms."

+--------------------------------------+ - FAQs

"Progesterone is preferable to the synthetic progestins such as
Provera, because it is natural to the body and has no undesirable side
effects when used as directed."

"Q: What is progesterone?

A: Progesterone is a steroid hormone made by the corpus luteum of the
ovary at ovulation, and in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands.
Progesterone is manufactured in the body from the steroid hormone
pregnenolone, and is a precursor to most of the other steroid
hormones, including cortisol, androstenedione, the estrogens and

In a normally cycling female, the corpus luteum produces 20 to 30 mg
of progesterone daily during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.

Q: Why do women need progesterone?

A: Progesterone is needed in hormone replacement therapy for
menopausal women for many reasons, but one of its most important roles
is to balance or oppose the effects of estrogen. Unopposed estrogen
creates a strong risk for breast cancer and reproductive cancers.

Estrogen levels drop only 40-60% at menopause, which is just enough to
stop the menstrual cycle. But progesterone levels may drop to near
zero in some women. Because progesterone is the precursor to so many
other steroid hormones, its use can greatly enhance overall hormone
balance after menopause. Progesterone also stimulates bone-building
and thus helps protect against osteoporosis.

Q: Why not just use the progestin Provera as prescribed by most

A: Progesterone is preferable to the synthetic progestins such as
Provera, because it is natural to the body and has no undesirable side
effects when used as directed.

If you have any doubts about how different progesterone is from the
progestins, remember that the placenta produces 300-400 mg of
progesterone daily during the last few months of pregnancy, so we know
that such levels are safe for the developing baby. But progestins,
even at fractions of this dose, can cause birth defects. The
progestins also cause many other side effects, including partial loss
of vision, breast cancer in test dogs, an increased risk of strokes,
fluid retention, migraine headaches, asthma, cardiac irregularities
and depression. "



"Starting in the late 20s or 30s, a woman's blood levels of estrogens
and progesterone gradually decline. This process, one female physician
calls "the march to menopause." With menopause, women report changes
in mood, energy level, and sexual desire. The women often experiences
fatigue, hot flashes, and night sweats. As if that weren't enough,
menopause brings increased risk of heart disease and osteoporosis."

"Most gynecologists recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a
combination of the hormones estrogen and progestin. HRT is prescribed
to eliminate hot flashes and vaginal dryness, and to help prevent
osteoporosis and heart disease. Unfortunately, HRT can increase your
risk of breast and uterus cancer, and there are dozens of additional
side effects."



ENDAU: There are safe, effective ways to relieve the stormy and
unpleasant symptoms of this natural transition, and it is not by
popping prescription hormone pills. The best treatment we now have is
Endau (1200 mg per 2oz. jar), a cream containing both plant-derived
progesterones which are naturally converted to estrogens. Endau
contains wild yam extract, liposome-encapsulated natural progesterone,
refreshing herbal extracts and essential oils. Endau is applied to the
skin, usually the stomach. About a 1/4 teaspoon of Endau is applied
once or twice a day until the menopausal symptoms clear. It is then
applied once a day for three-weeks out of the month.

PROTONE: Another excellent progesterone cream is Protone from
Biokinetic Formulas. Since Endau is a analog of progesterone it is
more potent, but not everyone responds the same way to all things.
Some women may find Protone more suit to their needs"


Spears & MacLeod Medical Links Estrogen replacement therapy Pharmasave
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia  GrassRoutes

[list of 100 sites with articles on Estrogen Replacement Therapy]


Neways Independent Distributor


"Endau is Neways' transdermal natural progesterone cream. Endau has a
DHEA analogue from Wild Mexican Yams. This is a pre-hormone that
supports balance and the body's efforts to overcome deficiencies. It
also contains many fabulous ingredients to improve the appearance of
aging skin."

"Women may wish to begin using Endau as teenagers when they begin
their monthly cycles. They may continue using Endau through menopause
and beyond. Endau supports the body's efforts to maintain proper
hormone balance, and will support the body to neutralize estrogen's
harmful effects."


Natural Alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapy | BluePrint for

"Women who decide not to supplement their declining levels of estrogen
with prescription hormones may want to choose from a variety of
"natural" remedies that may help relieve their menopausal symptoms.
Soybeans and black cohosh root contain plant hormones called
phytoestrogens, which seem to have some estrogen-like effects in the
body (like bringing relief from hot flashes), with potentially fewer
side effects than synthetic estrogen. Past research has hinted that
phytoestrogens may help prevent heart disease and slow bone loss, just
as estrogen does -- but apparently without increasing the risk of
breast cancer. (More research is needed to confirm this.) Creams made
from wild yam extract converted in a lab into a form of progesterone
that your body can use are another option for the treatment of hot
flashes and vaginal dryness. These products are sold as an alternative
to synthetic progesterone (or progestin)."

[page provides rundown on alternative treatments]


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As you can see, natural progesterone is the superior alternative to
progestin. I hope that I provided you with a satisfactory, albeit
unexpected, answer to your question. However, if it turns out that you
still require further information, please do not hesitate to request a
clarification. I will be more than happy to research some more for
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Best regards,

Subject: Re: Products to help balance hormones.
From: winter99-ga on 11 Sep 2002 11:15 PDT
Just wanted to add a comment.  I have been experiencing perimenopause
for about six years now.  I have found that a product put out by
Emerita called Natural Progesterone Cream works well for me.  I have
called it my "happy cream" because it eliminated those horrible mood
swings just prior to my period.  Good luck!

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