The hormone progesterone has many actions in your body. It is a natural antidepressant, and supports your thyroid. It helps keep blood sugar levels normal. It helps with sex drive and protecting against bone loss. It can be converted into other hormones in your body, including estrogen, testosterone and cortisone. Using progesterone cream can help you feel more relaxed and help you sleep.
Progesterone Cream – What to Buy
Make sure that you buy bioidentical progesterone cream. You will know that is what it is because it will say Natural Progesterone USP (for United States Pharmacopeia). For more about how to choose the best progesterone cream, see bioidentical progesterone
Do not buy products with mineral oil in them. The mineral oil will block absorption of the progesterone through your skin. It is also best to buy tubes of cream rather than jars. This keeps the product from deteriorating from oxygen exposure. And finally, be sure the product contains a minimum of 400 milligrams of USP progesterone per ounce.
How to Use Progesterone Cream - Progesterone Dosage
Your body produces from 20 to 24 grams per day of progesterone during the middle of a normal menstrual cycle. If you are pre-menopausal, use enough cream to absorb 20 – 30 grams per day for about two weeks per month (usually days 12-26 of your cycle).
Post menopause use should be three weeks per month. If your symptoms go away, then you are using the right dose. If you still have symptoms, you may increase your dose a bit.
Always try to use the minimum amount possible to achieve results, but do not be afraid to use a bit more if you need it. When I was pre-menopausal, I felt better using the cream about three weeks per month, sometimes even more than that. After a couple of years, I didn't need any at all. A few years after that, I found that progesterone cream relieved symptoms again, and I am now taking it regularly (November 2010). I hope at some point in the future to be able to feel good without it, but until that time, I am very grateful to have the choice.
Progesterone cream works best when applied to areas such as your face, neck, breasts, inside thighs and arms, and the bottom of your feet. For best absorption you will need to apply the cream in a different area each day, for example, breasts one day, inner thighs the next, inner arms the third day and so on.
For more about hormone imbalance, see hormone imbalance
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How to Use Progesterone Cream