Menopause: A Time of Freedom, or…?
When we examine women’s health in all the industrialized societies of the earth, we find a common thread:
- Prevalence of uterine fibroids
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Breast cancer
- Uterine Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Pre-menopausal bone loss (starting at age 37…)
- High rates of post-menopausal osteoporosis.
Significantly, the imbalance weaving its way through all of these conditions is estrogen dominance, secondary to an insufficiency of progesterone.
After menopause or a hysterectomy, estrogen production decreases by about 40% to 60%. As a result, the female body still produces estrogen at about 40% to 60% of pre-menopause levels.
While synthetic hormones (HRT), have been the standard protocol for menopause, new studies have uncovered increase risk for female-specific cancers.
Because natural progesterone is the biological precursor for the production of safe, natural estrogen, it is the natural choice for menopausal women as well as for pre-menopausal women seeking to achieve optimal health. Additionally, natural progesterone can benefit othe cells and organs of the body.
By establishing a balance of these hormones through proper Diet, Stress Management and Natural Progesterone supplementation, fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone, the resultant hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms of menopause are normally alleviated.
Risks of HRT
Studies have shown that women taking replacement estrogen have a 2 to 8 times higher risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer than women who do not take estrogen. The risk increases after 2 to 4 years of estrogen use and seems to be greatest when large doses (>1 mg./day) are taken or when the estrogens are used for long periods of time (>4 years). This risk factor increases sharply in women who smoke cigarettes.
There are many published studies demonstrating the risks associated with the use of synthetic hormones. Check this Google Result.
For those women for whom hot flashes, night sweats and/or vaginal dryness still persist they have found that 400 i.u. of natural vitamin E three times per day (1200 i.u./day), essential oil supplementation (primrose oil, omega III) and four to six tablespoons of whole psyllium seed husks in juice daily has been effective in ameliorating these persistent symptoms.
In cases where Estrogen Replacement Therapy is elected to control hot flashes, vaginal dryness or night sweats, natural phyto-estrogen cream is recommended, usually for several months or, in some cases longer.
For most women, however, phyto-estrogen is not needed when a sufficient amount of Natural Progesterone is available, as it is the precursor (raw material) for other adrenal hormones, including all forms of natural estrogen and cortisone.
Hormone in a Cream?
Natural Progesterone has been found to be the choice for informed women when applied topically, in an organic cream formula free from petrochemicals, GMO ingredients and animal by-products.
As Dr Lee was suggesting doses for creams containing an 400/500 per ounce and Health Science’s cream contains more than this, what is the dose for a post menopausal woman? I have been using 1/16 teaspoon morning and evening, I think this must be 1/3 too much.
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