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How are estrogen & progesterone produced naturally?

How are estrogen & progesterone produced naturally?

By the follicle: An amazing dance of hormones coordinates the reproductive system. One of the thousands of egg sacs that are in the ovary matures each month during the reproductive years. During the first two weeks of the menstrual cycle, the follicle releases estradiol, a potent estrogen. After releasing its egg, the follicle becomes a corpus luteum and makes Progesterone instead. ...Read more

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Progesterone (Definition)

Progesterone has been found to be helpful in preventing preterm birth in a patient who has a history of delivering babies too early. It can be given as vaginal suppositories. It is most often given as weekly ...Read more


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Can natural progesterone raise LH surge?

No but: Progesterone supplementation will not raise an lh surge, though estrogen supplementation can. Progesterone should never be taken before ovulation if you are trying to get pregnant since it may harm ovulation and/or implantation. ...Read more

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Natural remedies to lower female dhea levels?

Natural remedies to lower female dhea levels?

DHEA: Dhea is the precursor for stress hormones and adrenal hormones, high level is generally beneficial, but excess levels are associated with increased hair growth in women. Discuss with your doctor and consider natural remedies to boost female hormones like phytoestogens. ...Read more

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How to boost progesterone naturally?

Progesterone: Do you know your progesterone level is low? Why do you think you need to boost it? A visit to your doctor will sort this out for you. ...Read more

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Black cohosh or bio-identical estrogen/progesterone cream to help balance hormones in perimenopause?

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Black cohosh or bio-identical estrogen/progesterone cream to help balance hormones in perimenopause?

No data.: Bio-identical hormones is a topic vastly argued in our field. As it stands now, you should be cautious using bio-identical hormones because there is no control over how they are mixed and produced, and there is no data about what is a safe and efficacious formulation and dosage. Speak with your doctor about this for a more in depth conversation and to determine if it is actually needed for you. ...Read more

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Does natural progesterone cream really help in correcting an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone?

Usually : If you do not ovulate or if you make a lot of estrogen, Progesterone can help calm your body from the overstimulation of the estrogen. However, during a normal menstrual cycle the Progesterone levels can vary greatly so you will have to find the right dose and the right timing of the progesterone. Also, get a Progesterone that does not have the preservatives called parabens which may cause cancer. ...Read more

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Does natural progesterone prevent breast cancer?

Does natural progesterone prevent breast cancer?

No: There is no evidence Progesterone of any type prevents breast cancer, "natural" Progesterone or not. If a woman has menses that only occur a few times a year, six or four or fewer, however, Progesterone or progesterone-like compounds can very definitely prevent endometrial hyperplasia (which can lead to uterine cancer), and should be used regularly to oppose continuous estrogen stimulation. ...Read more

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What hormones suppress estrogen?

What hormones suppress estrogen?

Estrogen suppression: The most likely one would be testosterone. I would appreciate it if you would let me know some more detail. ...Read more

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What natural hormones work as contraceptives?

What natural hormones work as contraceptives?

Natural?: Hi. What on earth do you mean by "natural" hormones? All REAL hormones are natural! And synthetic molecules that work at human hormone receptors are doing what they're supposed to do. Can you put on your big girl panties and get over the "natural" nonsense? There are countless excellent birth control preparations. If estradiol and progesterone worked as well, we'd use them. Good luck! ...Read more

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When adding estrogen to prometrium (micronized progesterone) for perimenopausal relief how is amt. Determined?

When adding estrogen to prometrium (micronized progesterone) for perimenopausal relief how is amt. Determined?

Starting dose: Most people will use 1-2 mg which are the lowest doses for effectiveness, sometime we go higher if symptoms are persistant. ...Read more

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Will melatonin or prometrium (micronized progesterone) raise prolactin?

Will melatonin or prometrium (micronized progesterone) raise prolactin?

Interesting question: Nocturnal secretion of melatonin has been shown to affect secretion of prolactin. To my knowledge melatonin can exacerbate mild hyperprolactinemia. The relationship between Progesterone and prolactin i think is more unclear. We know thatprogesterone can affect prolactin in various ways. I'm curious to know in what context you would like to know the answer to this question? ...Read more

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Are progesterone creams good menopause treatments?

Are progesterone creams good menopause treatments?

Not very good: In natural or surgical menopause (removal of both ovaries) the problem is lack of estrogen. Giving estrogen to women who have not had their uterus removed (hysterectomy) increases the risk of uterine cancer, so we give Progesterone or synthetic progestins to protect the uterus. Progesterone as skin cream is not enough to protect the uterus, but can reduce hot flashes and does not prevent bone loss. ...Read more

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Is the micronized progesterone any different from regular progesterone?

Is the micronized progesterone any different from regular progesterone?

Micronized P4: Practically speaking, for someone using progsterone, no. Progesterone does not dissovle well in water, and so it's poorly absorbed unless micronized in oil. You can think of 'micronized' as meaning dissolved, although it's not quite identical. ...Read more

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Does exercise affect estradiol + estrone: progesterone ratio?

Does exercise affect estradiol + estrone: progesterone ratio?

Yes: Any of these hormones can be affected by exercise. What matters most is the amount of fat you have in your body, because fat stores estrogen, which can affect the signaling for ovulation in your body, which can really affect the amount of progesterone that would be found on a blood test. ...Read more

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How do you use natural micronised progesterone vaginal gel?

How do you use natural micronised progesterone vaginal gel?

Use insert: Vaginal progesterone gels usually come with an insert that allows placement of the medication inside the vagina closer to the cervix. Use the insert and deploy the medications to have the most effect. Most women prefer using it at night before going to bed Best WIshes Dr M ...Read more

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How long does it take for the natural progesteron cream to start kicking in/work? How long do I have to take it? Do I take it everyday, once a day?

How long does it take for the natural progesteron cream to start kicking in/work? How long do I have to take it? Do I take it everyday, once a day?

It would be helpful: ...for us to know for what indication you're taking the cream, so we can address the other parts of your question. ...Read more

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How to boost progesterone naturally?

Progesterone: Do you know your progesterone level is low? Why do you think you need to boost it? A visit to your doctor will sort this out for you. ...Read more

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Where can I buy natural progesterone?

Natural progesterone: Thin is available in many places but please first check with your doctor whether it is OK to take the natural product. Proper chemically made progesterone is clearly prepared and confirmed by the FDA as OK. Not so with other sites. ...Read more

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How can I increase my progesterone levels naturally?

By getting pregnant : Progesterone has specific function , when needed nature takes care of it, normal 2ng/ml to 5ng/ml after ovulation , reaches 200ng/ml during pregnancy , . ...Read more

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How can I increase my progesterone levels naturally through food?

Don't!: There are no foods that stimulate progesterone. Further, foods traditionally claimed to contain Progesterone such as mexican yams are unregulated, may contain progestins but not progesterone, and do not have a progestogenic effect. Many have an estrogenic effect! if you have a true need for additional progesterone, which most women don't, talk with a knowledgeable doctor. ...Read more

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Can natural progesterone raise LH surge?

No but: Progesterone supplementation will not raise an lh surge, though estrogen supplementation can. Progesterone should never be taken before ovulation if you are trying to get pregnant since it may harm ovulation and/or implantation. ...Read more

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How are estrogen & progesterone produced naturally?

By the follicle: An amazing dance of hormones coordinates the reproductive system. One of the thousands of egg sacs that are in the ovary matures each month during the reproductive years. During the first two weeks of the menstrual cycle, the follicle releases estradiol, a potent estrogen. After releasing its egg, the follicle becomes a corpus luteum and makes Progesterone instead. ...Read more

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What natural progesterone cream would you recommed?

What natural progesterone cream would you recommed?

None of them!: 'natural' Progesterone creams do not contain progesterone, they contain plant products that may-or-may not have progestogenic effects. Sadly, many (such as mexican yam products) contain compounds that are actually estrogenic in action. Please - talk with a doctor who can prescribe Progesterone if you need it. ...Read more

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I am currently taking 25mg of progesterone cream three times a day and 50mg of natural progesterone at bedtime for low progesterone. Is this to much?

I am currently taking 25mg of progesterone cream three times a day and 50mg of natural progesterone at bedtime for low progesterone. Is this to much?

No: Progesterone is a naturally occurring hormone, and there do not appear to be any side effects from taking it during pregnancy. If your Progesterone level is low, taking supplements can help prevent miscarriage. ...Read more

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What is the best way to reverse side effects of natural progesterone cream?

What is the best way to reverse side effects of natural progesterone cream?

Lower the dose: During the normal menstrual cycle, Progesterone levels vary greatly. Thus, for many women who use Progesterone the dose has to vary depending on estrogen levels and other factors. For adjustments, cream rather than capsules allow for better regulation of dose. Generally start with a low dose such as 1/8 teaspoon of Progesterone cream. And work up slowly. ...Read more

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Does natural progesterone cream really help in correcting an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone?

Usually : If you do not ovulate or if you make a lot of estrogen, Progesterone can help calm your body from the overstimulation of the estrogen. However, during a normal menstrual cycle the Progesterone levels can vary greatly so you will have to find the right dose and the right timing of the progesterone. Also, get a Progesterone that does not have the preservatives called parabens which may cause cancer. ...Read more

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Will eating sweet potatoes or yams help raise progesterone levels? Or rather what foods/drinks may raise progesterone levels naturally?

No, and none: Sweet potatoes and yams do not contain actual Progesterone at all, that is not a matter of debate in 2014 . Further they do not contain anything that acts like Progesterone (progestogenic), most contain plant chemical that are estrogenic in action. You can raise Progesterone by supplementing progesterone, but why do you want to do this? ...Read more

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I had a 5dbfet on wednesday (23.04). (natural cycle). After the procedure they gave me a subcut injection. Would it be hCG or progesterone?

Likely progesterone: I cannot imagine any reason for an HCG shot after an embryo transfer. That is normally only used to trigger ovulation. Progesterone would make much more sense because it is the naturally occurring hormone that plays a prominent role after conception. ...Read more

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If natural progesterone is so wonderful, why isn't it used by my doctor ?

Is it so?: While there are some industry-based studies which suggest that natural Progesterone when combined with percutaneous estrogen is associated with a decreased risk of blood clots, most of the time it is the effect of Progesterone that is needed, and synthetic substitutes have this same effect on the receptors for the natural hormone. ...Read more

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How do you use natural micronised progesterone vaginal gel?

Use insert: Vaginal progesterone gels usually come with an insert that allows placement of the medication inside the vagina closer to the cervix. Use the insert and deploy the medications to have the most effect. Most women prefer using it at night before going to bed Best WIshes Dr M ...Read more

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I just started using a natural progesterone cream. Is there any interaction taking an occasional Xanax (alprazolam) along with the cream?

I just started using a natural progesterone cream. Is there any interaction taking an occasional Xanax (alprazolam) along  with the cream?

No: There are no known interactions between the two. However if more than 'occasional, ' xanax (alprazolam) is not the greatest treatment for anxiety. In addition, if both drugs are prescribed, your pharmacy will automatically check all your prescriptions against each other for interactions and let you know before you even take one. If one is not prescribed, you shouldn't be taking it. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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