Bioidentical Progesterone Therapy for Women
Progesterone is the yin to estrogen’s yang. It leaves estrogen to do its good work, while keeping it safe. Beyond that, progesterone offers further opportunities to alleviate symptoms, and optimize your hormone therapy.
The Facts about Bioidentical Progesterone Therapy for Women
- Only bioidentical progesterone should be used in hormone therapy. Synthetic progesterone increases cancer risk and is dangerous.
- Estrogen should never be taken without progesterone. Pairing the two together prevents estrogen therapy from increasing breast cancer risk.
- If you’ve had a hysterectomy, you’ve probably been that told you don’t need progesterone. This is 100% false. Women who have had hysterectomies need progesterone just as much as women who have not.
- Progesterone can be taken either topically or orally. However, taking progesterone orally has a greater impact with regard to helping women sleep.
- Many healthcare professionals will give estrogen and progesterone to a perimenopausal woman who is presenting with symptoms. Perimenopausal women will usually get relief from progesterone only. Giving a perimenopausal woman estrogen will generally make her feel worse.
- Progesterone alleviates many symptoms and has numerous benefits, while having virtually no side effects.
Method of Treatment
- Our doctors’ recommendations are individualized for you based upon your lab levels, your health history, and your symptoms.
- Your treatment will include routine monitoring via lab testing to ensure that your lab levels are healthy, and your symptoms are alleviated.
- You’ll play an active role in determining what’s best for you. We’ll help, and will do so on an ongoing basis.
- We make getting adjustments to your prescriptions simple and convenient. We’re a phone call away—not a two to four week appointment away.
To Cycle or Not to Cycle
Trying to keep things as close to natural as possible may mean more than just using bioidentical hormones.
Your body is accustomed to cycling hormones pre-menopause. During the 40 or so years that a woman menstruates, her body does not produce hormones in the same quantities every day. Rather, estrogen and progesterone are cycled throughout the month, rising and falling in a predictable pattern. This leaves many experts asking… why wouldn’t you mimic that same pattern when replacing hormones?
Some women take their hormones everyday on a continual basis. Some women prefer to cycle their hormones. There are a variety of reasons why a woman might choose one over the other, and neither is wrong.
The nuances to doing hormone therapy are many. Every woman is unique. One size does not fit all. It’s our job to provide you with the information and guidance you need, so you can decide what’s best for you. Beyond that, the choice is yours. And we’re here to support you.