balancing female hormonal oestrogen and progesterone needs...

Natural Solutions For Perimenopause, Menopause, Postmenopause, Premenstrual Syndrome & Oestrogen Dominance

According to the World Health Organisation, an overweight, post-menopausal women has more oestrogen circulating through her body than a skinny pre-menopausal woman

From puberty through her fertility years and on into menopause, the flow of hormones, especially oestrogen and progesterone, profoundly affect every cell in a woman’s body.

What are oestrogen and progesterone and what do they do?
Oestrogen helps control a woman’s menstrual cycle, is essential for reproduction and helps maintain a healthy heart and bones.

Progesterone is calming to the central nervous system, supports the cells that build bone, influences water balance in the body, influences fat distribution and supports digestion.

Progesterone should be in balance with the other major female hormone, oestrogen. Sometimes a woman’s body does not produce enough progesterone after ovulation. Women in perimenopause sometimes will fail to ovulate, but will still have a period. If ovulation does not occur, no progesterone is produced at all that month. If progesterone is low in comparison to oestrogen (known as oestrogen dominance), women may experience typical PMS-like concerns such as breast tenderness, bloating, irritability, and trouble sleeping.

Balance may be restored by increasing progesterone effect or decreasing oestrogen effect.

Signs of Oestrogen Dominance
Women who suffer from PMS and who suffer from menopausal symptoms will recognise the hallmark symptoms of oestrogen dominance: weight gain, bloating, mood swings, irritability, tender breasts, headaches, fatigue, depression, hypoglycaemia, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and fibrocystic breasts.

Why do women need (natural) progesterone?
Pre-menopausal women: In the ten to fifteen years before menopause many women regularly have anovulatory cycles in which they make enough oestrogen to create menstruation, but they don’t make any progesterone, thus setting the stage for oestrogen dominance. Using progesterone cream during anovulatory months can help prevent the symptoms of PMS and oestrogen dominance in later years.

Menopausal & Post menopausal women 
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 oestrogen. Unopposed oestrogen creates a strong risk for breast cancer and reproductive cancers.

Oestrogen 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.

Oestrogen after menopause
The ovaries continue to function and produce hormones the entire length of a woman’s life. Far from a deficiency of oestrogen, what has now been proven is that today's women have high levels of oestrogen – relative to progesterone (i.e. oestrogen dominance). Taking HRT (and yet more oestrogen) only makes the likelihood of breast cancer etc, worse and it is progesterone that is needed for hormone balance post-menopause.

HRT - A Warning
On July 9 2002 the National Institute of Health in the USA announced that it has stopped a proposed eight and a half year study on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after only five years because of an unexpected 26% increase in breast cancer in study participants. Further, the negative effects discovered went beyond increased breast cancer to include increased heart attacks, heart disease, strokes and blood clots.

The study, involving 16,000 healthy post-menopausal women, had been designed to evaluate the benefits and risks of combined hormone replacement therapy. The study was on one of the most commonly used synthetic oestrogen-progesterone hormone preparations - Prempro, a combination of Premarin and Provera. The results of the study disclosed that in addition to its benefits, this hormone combination had the following five risks.

» Breast cancer increased 26%
» Heart disease increased 22%
» Venous blood clots increased 100%
» Heart attacks increased 29%
» Strokes increased 41%

» Recommended: A good quality Progesterone Cream. Pre menopausal women typically need 1/4 teaspoon for the 14 days before expected menses. Post menopausal women typically need 1/4 teaspoon for 25 days per calendar month. Apply to pulse points for the best results.
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