Natural progesterone is bioidentical to your body’s own progesterone. Progesterone is the hormone of fertility and is beneficial for a healthy immune system and thyroid function. Progesterone is made by the ovary after ovulation occurs and can be deficient in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), older women in the perimenopausal age group, and women with thyroid problems. Progesterone can reduce premenstrual tension and has a relaxing effect. See the symptoms of progesterone deficiency in our table.
How to use Progesterone Cream
The progesterone cream is rubbed into the inner upper thighs or into the opening of the vagina. Rub well into these areas, until all cream has gone.
Use as follows –
Rub one gram once daily, into the skin. Apply cream after a shower or you will wash the cream off your skin.
Use the cream every day until your menstrual bleeding starts; then stop using the cream on day one of bleeding. Ten days later (10 days after the first day of your menstrual bleeding) begin to use the cream again every day, until your next bleeding begins.
Natural bioidentical progesterone is not effective if you are taking the contraceptive pill. Natural progesterone can increase your fertility.
How to use Hormone Replacement Cream
If you are menopausal and no longer have menstrual periods, then you can use the HRT cream everyday. Ideally creams used for hormone replacement for menopause will not cause any bleeding and/or menstrual periods because the doses of hormones used in the creams are so low that they should not cause the lining of the uterus (endometrium) to grow. If you do get a period, stop using the cream and wait until the bleeding is finished. Once the bleeding is completely gone, start using the cream again, but in half the dose, as it is best to avoid bleeding on HRT. If bleeding persists, consult your doctor for an examination and pelvic ultrasound scan or see a specialist gynecologist for tests to exclude things like endometrial hyperplasia, polyps, fibroids or cancer. One can never be too careful!
HRT cream contains a combination of hormones – such as some type of oestrogen (eg. oestriol, oestradiol or oestrone) plus natural progesterone and sometimes testosterone, and sometimes DHEA. The doses of each hormone vary according to your symptoms and age and requirements and are easily adjusted
The hormones in creams can relieve symptoms after one to two weeks in most women. Some women choose to use bioidentical hormones for many years after menopause and this is fine to do if you have regular checkups and mammograms.
Women who have had breast cancer are told to avoid any form of hormone treatment which is the safer way to go.
Some women prefer to use plant derived hormones and products such as FemmePhase, Promensil and Remifemin can help to relieve menopausal symptoms.