Women Prefer Natural Hormones
|Health Benefits of Progesteron
Mayo Clinic researchers surveyed 176 women taking natural micronized progesterone who had previously taken a synthetic progestin (medroxyprogesterone acetate, or MPA) to see if progesterone improved the women’s overall quality of life, menopausal symptoms, and satisfaction with HRT. After one to six months, the women reported an overall 34% increase in satisfaction on micronized progesterone compared to their previous HRT, reporting these improvements: 50% in hot flashes, 42% in depression, and 47% in anxiety. Micronized progesterone was also more effective in controlling breakthrough bleeding. In other studies, women using micronized progesterone had specific improvements in the areas of cognition, sleep, and menstrual problems.
When you think of hormones, progesterone may not be one that usually comes to mind. But it’s just as important as testosterone and estrogen. Let’s take a close look at this hormone:
Produced by the adrenal glands and the ovaries, progesterone plays a crucial role in regulating different body functions such as in ovulation and in pregnancy. As you age, your level of progesterone starts to decline, allowing estrogen to increase and dominate, which causes a host of unpleasant health symptoms.
When a woman’s progesterone drops below the average normal level, she may experience the following symptoms:
- Polycystic ovarian symptom (PCOS)
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Autoimmune disease