Cream progesterone vs oral – which is better?
Progesterone cream can be applied to the skin to relieve many symptoms associated with menopause. It is absorbed into the fat under the skin from where it goes straight into the blood stream from where it circulates to the rest of the body to carry out its effects. Relatively small doses such as those found in over-the-counter, non-prescription, bio identical progesterone creams can still be effective in relieving menopause symptoms.
When progesterone is taken by mouth, like everything else you swallow, it is absorbed into the blood and taken to the liver. Here more than 3/4 of it is removed and converted to an inactive form leaving only a small amount of progesterone to act in the body. This means that much larger doses are required to achieve the same effect as what you get from applying it to the skin.
Using USP natural progesterone cream is preferable. It allows you to get a dose of progesterone that is close to what your body would be making naturally before menopause. Also, side effects from progesterone cream are minimal, at the most you will experience drowsiness if you use too much.
There is even more research to show that natural hormone creams improve menopause symptoms. Researchers used creams that contained hormones from plants that are similar to the hormones produced by the body (bioidentical hormones). 150 women between the ages of 30 and 70 years were divided into 2 groups.
Half were given a cream containing natural (bioidentical) hormones (progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and DHEA – the last 2 are usually considered to be male hormones but women also need them for good hormone balance,too little and you may have low sex drive and other problems ).
The other half were given synthetic hormones –
- birth control pills for younger women
- Prempro (progesterone and estrogen) or Premarin (estrogen only) for the menopausal women
After one year of use, the women on bioidentical natural hormones reported:
- less depression
- less anxiety
- less pain
- fewer hot flashes and night sweats
- a better quality of life
Tests also showed that they :
- had lower blood pressure
- had lower levels of “bad cholesterol”
- were less likely to develop blood clots
According to one of the researchers,
“It appears this preparation could be protective against symptoms of menopause as well as heart disease..”
If you’re going to have natural hormones specially formulated for you make sure you use a licensed compounding pharmacist.
If you don’t want to, or can’t, use a compounding pharmacist, there are some good natural hormone creams on the market.
Natural Progesterone creams
Good for progesterone deficiency which leads to high estrogen compared to progesterone levels (estrogen dominance) during perimenopause, menopause and if you have PMS. Recommended:
- Emerita Pro-Gest progesterone cream
- Fem-Gest progesterone cream
- NatraGest progesterone cream
- ProgestaCare progesterone cream
- FemCreme progesterone cream
Natural Estrogen (phytoestrogen) creams
Some good ones are:
- Emerita Phytoestrogen cream
- EstroCare phytoestrogen cream
- DermaGest pyhtoestrogen cream
Bioidentical progesterone and Phytoestrogen combination cream
Many women prefer to use seperate natural progesterone and pyhtoestrogen creams so that they can regulate the amounts of estrogen and progesterone they use. Others find a combination cream more convenient. Try:
- ProgestaCare Plus