What is progesterone?

Progesterone is the hormone secreted by the ovaries after a woman produces an egg during the middle of her menstrual cycle. Progesterone is the dominant female hormone for the last half of the menstrual cycle.

Female hormonal balance between the estrogen hormones and progesterone is essential in order for women to obtain and maintain health and wellness. The three human estrogen hormones have numerous effects on the body which require the balance of progesterone to prevent the hyper effects of estrogen dominance which can lead to a host of health problems. (See What are the Benefits of Progesterone?) Good health occurs when the hormones in the body are produced in adequate amounts and are in balance. Think of this as hormonal harmony, as if the hormones are a symphony orchestra. If one section of the orchestra, say the brass section, is too loud, then this will drown out the other sections of the orchestra and ruin the symphony.

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How do you diagnose Hypotestosteronemia (low testosterone)?

In our medical practice, the diagnosis of hypotestosteronemia is made primarily by taking a thorough clinical history from the patient. Blood tests, including free testosterone levels and less often, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicular stimulating hormone (FSH) are also helpful in the detection of low testosterone.

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What is the difference between bioidentical hormones and counterfeit hormones?

When our bodies no longer produce our hormones in adequate amounts to maintain good health, we should restore our faltering hormone levels with the same biologically identical hormones that our bodies currently make. The term bioidentical does not refer to the source from which they are derived. Because the supplemented bioidentical hormone molecules are exactly the same as those which we produce, then they are identical in action. The cells of the human body benefit from the supplemented bio-identical hormones in identically the same way they benefit from the hormones which the human body produces.

The cells of our body have receptors for each of our bio-identical hormones. When we supplement with bioidentical hormone supplementation, then we are replenishing the body with the same identical hormone molecules that our body has always made. Because these hormones are bioidentical they bind quickly to the receptors and cause the appropriate effect. Our body has enzymes which breakdown the bioidentical hormones quickly and metabolize them so that they can be excreted from our system.

Bioidentical hormones are derived from diosgenin, a plant molecule found in soybeans and wild yams. Diosgenin is extracted from these plants and converted into progesterone in the laboratory. Progesterone can then be converted into the three human estrogen hormones, estrone, estradiol, and estriol, and also converted into human estosterone, cortisol, dihydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and pregnenolone.

Counterfeit hormones produced by drug companies have different molecular structures than the bio-identical hormones. They bind to the receptors in our cells in such a way that they are not easily broken down and removed by a woman’s body. It may take several months for the counterfeit hormones to be cleared from the body. This can cause an exaggerated hormonal effect, which can lead to a host of side effects.

Counterfeit hormones, including birth control pills, are produced by pharmaceutical companies and do not occur naturally in the human body. The counterfeit hormones are synthetically produced by making chemical changes to the bio-identical human hormones. The drug company counterfeit hormones are not biologically identical to naturally occurring human hormones. The counterfeit hormones include those hormones commonly used by mainstream medicine for hormone replacement therapy and for birth control. They do produce some effects similar to the bioidentical hormones in a woman’s body but are also associated with numerous side effects, many of which are serious. The counterfeit hormones create a state of estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency. Common side effects of the counterfeit hormones are headaches, including migraines, breast tenderness, mood swings, fluid retention, weight gain, and loss of libido. They are also associated with an increased incidence of breast cancer, heart disease, strokes and blood clots to the lungs. The numerous and severe side effects of counterfeit hormones are listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference. The counterfeit hormones also prevent the production of women’s own natural female hormones and pheromones making them less attractive to men. There is no reason for any woman to poison her body every day with counterfeit hormones when safe and effective BellaFem Bioidentical hormones are available.

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What Are The Benefits Of Progesterone?

Progesterone has the following effects which counterbalance the estrogen hormones:

  • matures the uterine lining preventing excess buildup of tissue,
  • inhibits breast tissue overgrowth, preventing fibrocystic breast disease,
  • has a diuretic effect which mobilizes fluid, decreasing swelling,
  • enhances the action of thyroid hormones, increasing metabolism,
  • stimulates the production of new bone, protecting against osteoporosis,
  • increases the sex drive,
  • protects against breast cancer and uterine cancer,
  • thins the blood, preventing blood clots,
  • supports the function of the adrenal glands,
  • elevates mood, and
  • promotes pregnancy.

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What effects do the three Human Estrogen Hormones, Estrone, Estradiol and Estriol, have in the body?

  • stimulate growth of the lining of the womb or uterus,
  • cause breast tissue to develop and grow,
  • promote fat storage and weight gain,
  • promote fluid retention,
  • cause thickening of the blood,
  • decrease bone loss, but do not stimulate new bone growth
  • increase emotional sensitivity,
  • activate progesterone receptors,
  • inhibit the sex drive, and
    stimulate the production of thyroid binding globulin by the liver, inhibiting the action of the thyroid hormones.
  • causes feminization

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What are the side effects of birth control pills?

Birth control pills create a state of estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency. Common side effects of birth control pills are headaches, including migraines, breast tenderness, mood swings, fluid retention, weight gain, and loss of libido. They are also associated with an increased incidence of breast cancer, strokes and blood clots to the lungs. Birth control pills prevent the production of women’s bio-identical female hormones and pheromones making them less attractive to men. There is no reason for any woman to poison her body every day with the counterfeit hormones in birth control pills in order to control premenstrual symptoms and menstrual irregularities when BellaFem™ Progesterone is available. Menstrual cycles can be easily regulated using BellaFem™ Progesterone on days 15 through 28 of the menstrual cycle.

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What role does birth control pills play in estrogen dominance?

Many young girls and older women are prescribed birth control pills to control their menstrual irregularities. Premenstrual fluid retention and weight gain, and other menstrual irregularities are caused by female hormonal imbalance. Birth control pills are counterfeit hormones which turn off the production of a woman’s bio-identical hormones by the ovaries. Counterfeit hormones are made by drug companies and do not occur naturally. Counterfeit hormones are not biologically identical to naturally occurring human hormones. They do produce effects similar to the bio-identical hormones in a woman’s body but are also associated with numerous side effects, many of which are serious.

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What are hormones?

Hormones are bioidentical chemical messengers made by the hormone producing glands in the body, known as the endocrine glands. The term hormone is derived from the Greek root hormaein which means to arouse to action or to excite. Hormones are secreted through glandular tissue into the blood stream which carries them to different areas of the body where they exert their effect.

The endocrine system allows the body to respond to both internal and external conditions in order to maintain the body’s internal equilibrium and balance. Ultimately the brain controls the hormonal production by sending messengers, called neurotransmitters, to the endocrine glands signaling them to action. The hormones are produced in minute amounts and are measured in picograms, parts per billion, yet they are very powerful. The influence of the various hormones on the functions of our body is profound. They regulate our growth, sex characteristics, reproductive capabilities and the energy production or metabolism which enables the cells of our body to perform their functions.

You have probably heard of the several of the glands that produce hormones, such as the thyroid gland, the ovaries, the testes and the adrenal glands. The hormones produced by these glands work together synergistically, enhancing one another’s function when they are properly balanced.

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Do you ever see people that you can't help?

Yes, despite our best efforts, occasionally we will see a patient who is not a good match for our treatment regimen. This has to do primarily with attitude. When individuals do not believe they can get better, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Secondarily, we make every attempt to educate patients prior to their first visit regarding the scope and cost of our treatment regimen. Unfortunately, some individuals are unable to follow through with the financial commitment required over the long term to purchase hormone prescriptions and/or vitamins, and discontinue this treatment regimen. Finally, some individuals get conflicting advice and opinions from other medical professionals, family, or friends which leads them to discontinue treatment. Few medical doctors, and even fewer lay individuals, understand the intricate connection between nutrition, the immune system and hormonal balance. As long as there remains ignorance and confusion about these areas, there will continue to be some individuals who we are unable to help.

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