The Crucial Difference Between Progesterone and Progestins

Progestins versus progesterone.The progestins in hormonal birth control are not progesterone.

Yet, so many journalists and even doctors use the word progesterone when they really mean a progestin drug such as drospirenone, levonorgestrel, or medroxyprogesterone. They are not the same thing.

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How Soy Affects Hormones and Health

Soy contains phytoestrogens or ‚Äúplant-estrogens,” which sounds bad but by out-competing estradiol, phytoestrogens can have a beneficial anti-estrogen effect in women of reproductive age.

That’s why soy and other phytoestrogens can make periods lighter and improve estrogen excess symptoms such as PMS and heavy periods. 

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How to Increase Estrogen

Estrogen deficiency causes fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, depression, and insomnia. It also causes dry skin, recurrent bladder infections, and vaginal dryness.

Vaginal dryness is one of the most characteristic signs of estrogen deficiency and a good indicator that you do have deficiency. 

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How to Lower Estrogen

too much estrogenToo much estrogen can cause heavy periods, breast pain, fibroids, and premenstrual irritability. It can also suppress thyroid function and increase the risk of breast cancer.

What natural treatment works to lower estrogen? To understand that, you need to think about the types of estrogen and why they’re high.

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