Progesterone Side Effects

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In all of my research, I have yet to discover negative progesterone side effects reported by women who are using truly natural progesterone. 

Don't get me wrong, there definitely can be side effects from using progesterone supplements. 

However, these negatives are all the result from the use of synthetic progestins, so don't be confused by the two. I'll explain further below.

Women using Natural Progesterone for more than 30 years have not reported any known harmful side effects of progesterone. That's really not surprising. 

Natural progesterone has been touted a "miracle cure" for a stream of "women’s problems," ranging from PMS to Menopause.

There's a huge list of the symptoms of low progesterone, so take a look and see if you recognize any of them in yourself.

The effects of progesterone are extremely beneficial. Your body normally makes 20-24 mg. per day. If your body is producing less, which is very common as you age, you can supplement with progesterone creams to make up the difference.

When we refer to "side effects" in relation to medicines, drugs, etc. we usually think of them as a negative side to the treatment. In the case of natural progesterone, there have been no negative side effects of progesterone reported.

According to Raquel Martin in her book, "The Estrogen Alternative - Natural Hormone Therapy with Botanical Progesterone," progesterone has been prescribed for more than 30 years with no reported natural progesterone side effects and no increases in cancer incidence.

Instead, overwhelming numbers of women using natural progesterone cream supplements describe a vast array of benefits. That's pretty exciting stuff, in my opinion.

Progesterone or Progestin?
Progesterone Side Effects Differences

As I mentioned earlier, the side effects of progesterone should not be confused with the side effects of progestins.

What's the difference? Put simply, progesterone is real and natural while progestins are synthetic (artificial).

Many people consider a synthetic progestin, such as Provera (the most commonly prescribed progestin) to be the same thing as natural progesterone. This is far from true. 

Synthetic progesterone supplements may start out being made from progesterone or testosterone and then converted to natural progesterone, but it doesn't end there.

Another ingredient is added to the mix - something that allows the pharmaceutical company to patent the mixture - and the result is the product now inhibits progesterone metabolism.

You can't call this type of progesterone natural or real any longer. It's artificial or synthetic progestin. It has become well known that progestins are responsible for a wide range of adverse effects on the body.

Dr. John R. Lee is a world renowned authority on natural progesterone. He stresses the importance of returning to the natural kind of progesterone, a hormone that is real to the body.

"I believe that the present synthetic versions of hormones are making millions of women sick and putting them at risk of cancer, strokes and heart disease... is the natural forms of the female hormones that are and will be of very real benefit to millions of women."

~ Dr. John Lee, MD

Doctors experienced in using natural hormones recommend natural progesterone cream over synthetic progestins because the natural progesterone is the same hormone that the body makes.

The effects of progesterone are beneficial when it's natural. Compare that to the progesterone side effects that you may experience with synthetic progestin drugs like Provera (bloating, depression, fluid retention, acne, weight gain, insomnia, nausea, high blood pressure, headaches, etc). Why would you do that to yourself?

You can buy natural progesterone in a cream or spray that you simply apply to your skin. It is absorbed into the layer of fat just beneath the skin's surface. This way your body can absorb it into the blood stream as needed.

Natural progesterone supplementation will balance your hormones without any progesterone cream side effects. It can reduce or eliminate your pre-menopause and menopause symptoms. I love it. I've been using natural progesterone for 8 years and the only progesterone side effects I've had have been good ones! :-)

If you are using natural or real progesterone cream, at the normal physiological dose, it is extremely unlikely that you will experience any negative progesterone side effects. I encourage you to check out the cream you're using. Be sure it's truly natural progesterone and that the dose is strong enough to be useful to your body. 

Unfortunately, there are many creams that are not what they seem. They only have a very small amount of natural progesterone, which makes it pretty much useless or worse. 

If you're getting your natural progesterone cream with a prescription (some countries require this), make sure that you go to a reputable and reliable compounding pharmacist. 

Dr. Lee gives a list of several reliable brands of natural progesterone that are available without a prescription. I've tried a few different ones, but the one I currently use and believe to be the best is called Renewed Balance.

If you decide to try natural progesterone cream, commit yourself to using it for at least 3 months to give your body a chance to balance your hormones and the positive progesterone side effects to kick in. 

You will probably notice positive results quicker than that (I noticed them after only 1 month), but each of us is different. 

You shouldn't have any progesterone cream side effects, and it's very likely that your symptoms of low progesterone will greatly improve or even disappear altogether.

The use of natural progesterone has made a tremendous difference in my life, both physically and emotionally. I really encourage you to give it a try and see if it makes a positive difference for you.

You can order Renewed Balance from the US here. If you live in Australia or elsewhere, let me know using my contact form and I'll let you know how you can get it for your personal use. 

To your good health!

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