Guide to Using Progesterone for Women’s Health

How to use natural progesterone.

As I describe on this blog and in my books Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual, bioidentical progesterone is a viable treatment for women’s health conditions such as PCOS, PMDD, migraines, endometriosis, adenomyosis, and perimenopause.

Progesterone is available as “oral micronized progesterone,” and requires a doctor’s prescription. Brand names include Prometrium, Utrogestan, Teva, and Famenita, depending on your country. Alternatively, progesterone cream is available over-the-counter in some countries and can help with mild symptoms but is generally not as effective as capsules.

Here’s what you need to know.

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What Are Bioidentical or Body-Identical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones

Bioidentical or body-identical hormones are estradiol and progesterone that are molecularly identical to human hormones. Most (not all) modern menopause hormone therapy is bioidentical. Keep reading for a list of brands.

The difference between “bioidentical” and “body-identical” is that body-identical is the preferred conventional term and bioidentical the term traditionally applied to customised hormone formulas dispensed by a compounding chemist, back in the day when compounding was the only way to obtain hormones identical to the body’s own hormones.

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Natural Treatment of Menstrual or Hormonal Migraines

menstrual migrainesSeveral factors contribute to menstrual or hormonal migraines including estrogen-induced high histamine and the change to neurotransmitters when both estrogen and progesterone drop at the end of the cycle.

The best natural treatments for hormonal migraines include natural progesterone and magnesium. Hormonal birth control is usually not a good idea.

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Help for Hormonal Sleep Problems

Hormonal sleep problems.

Can’t sleep? It could be your hormones.

Sleep disturbance is common during the premenstrual phase of the menstrual cycle and is usually the result of dropping progesterone or a histamine or mast cell reaction.

Sleep disturbance can also occur during perimenopause and menopause. 

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