A woman's ovaries make two hormones, estrogen and progesterone. When a woman's monthly cycle is functioning correctly, estrogen is the dominant hormone produced during the first two weeks, causing ovulation. Following ovulation, progesterone assumes dominance for the final two weeks of the month. If pregnancy has not occurred, the pituitary gland in the brain sends a message to the ovaries to stop production of progesterone, causing menstruation.
Menopause is normally defined as the end of menstrual cycle.
Progesterone levels typically decline before menopause starts due to lack of ovulation, which is followed by a decline in estrogen production. At this stage in life, progesterone production tends to fall to almost zero while estrogen declines by about 40% to 50%, resulting in an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. In his book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer, Dr. John Lee calls this syndrome estrogen dominance.
When these hormones are out of balance, many of the unpleasant symptoms of menopause (hot flashes, migraine headaches, etc.) can emerge. In fact, almost all of these symptoms are caused by estrogen dominance; however, many of these undesirable side effects can be effectively prevented by progesterone.
In his book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer, Dr. John Lee says that estrogen dominance commonly occurs in the following situations:
- When women are on estrogen replacement therapy
- Premenopause when early follicle depletion results in the lack of ovulation and thus a lack of progesterone well before the onset of menopause
- Exposure to xenoestrogens, which is the cause of early follicle depletion. Xenoestrogens are foreign substances found outside the body in the air and food that have an estrogen effect on the body
- Birth control pills with an excessive estrogen component
- Women who have had a hysterectomy leading to dysfunction of the ovaries
- Post menopause, especially in overweight women
Many women find that using natural progesterone reduces many or most of their menopausal symptoms. In addition, progesterone is a precursor to other hormones in the body including estrogen, testosterone, and especially the corticosteriods.
- 500 mg of Natural USP Micronized Progesterone per ounce, which is the amount recommended to counteract against estrogen dominance by Dr. John Lee in his book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer.
- 250 mg of USP DHEA, 250 mg of USP Pregnenolone and phytoestrogens from Black Cohosh and Chaste Tree Berry extract. These ingredients have been shown to reduce menopausal symptoms.
- 100% natural ingredients in an unscented formula, so even the most sensitive skin can tolerate it. This is extremely important when considering long-term use.
- Paraben-free formula in a convenient pump bottle for easy application and precise dosage.
- A single bottle will provide the recommended dosage for 60 days or 9 weeks.