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